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22 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Crooked Fingers: Red Devil Dawn

“But if you took that shit outAnd you took all the music outwould remain? The voice no doubt”—Guru (Gang Starr) on “Mostly the Voice”

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22 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Big Silver: Love Note

From the word go on their second release, Love Note, the Big Silver boys prove just how fucking awesome they are. There’s really no

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	Songs: Ohia: The Magnolia Electric Co.

Jason Molina (aka Songs: Ohia) would have been just fine if he’d never left Will Oldham’s (aka Palace, Palace Songs, Bonnie Prince Billy,

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	John Mayer: Any Given Thursday

In a year’s time, John Mayer has gone from unknown coffeehouse poet to Exhibit A in the case against the ever-tightening stranglehold on radio

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	Men at Work: Business As Usual [Bonus Tracks] / Cargo [Bonus Tracks]

Y’know, it may be time for PopMatters to go ahead and give me my own column. We’ll call it “Defending the ‘80s”. After

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	Gary Lucas: The Edge of Heaven

While Lucas’s instrumental “Old Dreams” gives listeners a succinct glimpse into the emotions these songs deliver, the otherworldliness which drew Lucas to the original

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	Laika: Lost in Space, Vol. 1

When I first heard Margaret Fiedler, she was the better singer of the band Moonshake, gothic experimentalists writing a love letter to Dr. Dre. When

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The Clash: The Essential Clash

Where Essential fails, though—and it fails spectacularly on this count—is in the mix.

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	Caitlin Cary: I’m Staying Out

After making decent inroads with her debut album While You Weren’t Looking, former Whiskeytown member Caitlin Cary held her own in comparison to her

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21 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Strange Fruit

A meditation on the song of the same name that chillingly relates the story of a lynching.

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21 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Real Time with Bill Maher

A provocative, dead-on, and hilarious political roundtable.

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21 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Platinum

While hip-hop continues to accumulate force and focus to speak more truth to power, it is good, really, to see N'Bushe Wright.

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20 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Xiu Xiu: A Promise

While mainstream rock ‘n’ roll music continues to weave its spell on the masses in its myriad forms, whether it’s protest music, a form

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	Steve Turre: One4J: Paying Homage to J.J. Johnson

Steve Turre (without the conch-shells he is elsewhere known for) pays amazing tribute to J.J. Johnson musically and in print in his new Telarc

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20 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Taxiride: Garage Mahal

Three years between releases is a long time, and when your first CD goes double platinum in your home country, eager fans the world over

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20 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Swizz Beatz: Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories

Swizz Beatz has released himself a who’s who of an album here, featuring the likes of Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Lil’ Kim,

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	Supersuckers: Motherfuckers Be Trippin’

You know that rule of comedy that dictates that something that may not be funny initially becomes increasingly hilarious upon excessive repetition? It’s the

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20 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Suicide: American Supreme

DJ scratches and funk guitar samples? No. This must be wrong. This can’t be a Suicide album—where are the minimalist electronic beats? The

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20 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	New Riders of the Purple Sage: self-titled

It’s easy to look back at the ‘70s and have a good chuckle. Sure, free love sounds pretty cool and no one looked at

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Buzzcocks fans might be surprised to find that the group's new self-titled effort, its first of the new millennium, is a return to its hard-rocking roots. Fresh from some live dates in Australia, Shelley recently spoke to PopMatters about his recent projects and the Buzzcocks' plans for the future.

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18 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

I don't know about you, but I don't want my athletes to act like foot soldiers. I have foot soldiers to do that nowadays.

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17 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

A.F.I.: Sing the Sorrow

To call California-based hardcore/screamo quartet A.F.I. a band without a flag in the current modern rock landscape is not an unfair assessment

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17 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Japan For Sale, Volume 3

The presence of Japan in Western society has resulted in a plethora of transcultural phenomenon; just think anime, sushi, the ephemeral electronic pets, and not

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	Various Artists: Nu Jazz Essentials

Nu Jazz Essentials is a two-CD set comprised of two different albums. The first is Mr. Gone’s album Fresh Out of the Box, while

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The Who: Who’s Next [Deluxe Edition]

Few albums in the pantheon of classic rock recordings embody the greatness of an artist more than 1971’s Who’s Next.

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	The Stratford 4: Love & Distortion

San Francisco’s The Stratford 4, like their California cohorts Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, heavily base their sound on late ‘80s postpunk. However, unlike BRMC’s

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	The Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Red Hot Chili Peppers / Freakey Styley / The Uplift Mofo Party Plan

I don’t have any idea what that means, of course. But then, I also can’t conceive of a Subway to Venus. Or a

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17 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Mull Historical Society: Us

It is easy to have high expectations in this world, and just as easy to have those expectations dashed to pieces on the big craggy

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Hearts of Oak

Insanely hooky and tortuous, Hearts Of Oak is an informal message that couldn’t have come at a more fitting time.

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	Slide Hampton and the World of Trombones: Spirit of the Horn

I first saw both Slide Hampton and Steve Turre in a Dizzy Gillespie big band sitting with the late Britt Woodman and so many other

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17 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Ziabuya shows the community that there is something special and incredible growing in the city's belly.

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Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003)

Like most such slapdashy juggling acts, Malibu's Most Wanted can't keep all its balls in the air.

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17 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Good Thief (2003)

Doubles all stakes of the original film, and more elaborately, of the remaking process.

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17 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Cowboy Bebop (2003)

Goes spiritual by stopping the gunplay while characters get all misty-eyed over otherworldly butterflies.

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17 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Has a couple of ideas rattling around in its head, ideas that are -- or could be -- strangely relevant.

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	Benny Green and Russell Malone: Jazz at the Bistro

Benny Green‘s recent solo piano CD continued to indicate something of the range to be expected of him though still a young pianist. Here,

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16 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Graves: Love Love Love

Despite the effusive title Love Love Love, the Graves songwriter Greg Olin is apparently reluctant to give too much away. He sings in a hushed

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	The Fleshtones: Do You Swing?

You’ve probably heard the joke that the only things that will survive a nuclear war are cockroaches and Cher. If the Fleshtones were more

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	Entrance: The Kingdom of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm

Entrance, a.k.a. Guy Blakeslee, is a one-man force, a singer-songwriter of blues-rock that takes all of the fey and languid associations of folk

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16 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	DJ Spinna: Here to There

Off UK’s legendary label Barely Breaking Even, DJ Spinna‘s latest full-length Here to There is a part of BBE’s Beat Generation series,

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16 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

Deerhoof: Apple O’

Apple O’ is a wonderful album by a band that’s created an entirely unique noise out of old Shaggs LP’s and the San Francisco fog.

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16 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Rosanne Cash: Rules of Travel

It’s hard to believe this voice comes from the same genetics that produced the rough-hewn vocals of country legend Johnny Cash. It’s equally

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

With the great power at their disposal, they choose not to take over the world but help to destroy the greater evils around them and are prepared to sacrifice their own lives without a second thought.

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

He is essentially doing what Alan Moore has done so well in the past: reinterpreting timeless stories and mining them for new and interesting insight.

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Norrie has struck out on her own as a writer, telling an true-to-life story about relationships and how they fall apart.

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Having run afoul of the weather for some time, I was overdue for the high-octane Rock Show this past week. Those of you resident in the metropolises and hep college towns invariably have one friend who's a rock critic and know that this creature is perpetually broke (without insurance). Thus the healing balm of a shrieking wall of guitars is just about this poor soul's -- meaning I -- last and best hope for remedy.

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Sea HeroDarleneIndian SummerSanta FeLittle DreamerBe My FriendBright EyesPoconosDesert QueenCarolina JasmineGemini on the WayThink It Through Lads

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

With the conflict in Iraq dominating every media outlet, it feels like there is no escape from the unjust atrocities that are being perpetrated on

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

S E T    L I S T This Is Not My TownOne More Song The Radio Won’t LikeLone WolfWestbyHockey SkatesSummer LoveMariaNational SteelHockey

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Datsuns The Sights In a Battle Royale of up and coming “The” bands (the et cetera for the Hives and the Strokes), the (much-hyped)

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16 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The reality check is in the mail!” wailed Stephen Brodsky, the lead guitarist and vocalist of Cave In, as a relatively small but dedicated crowd

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15 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Oil: Chicago Punk Refined

Among other things, High Fidelity taught the public that there are many rules to putting together a good mix tape. After all, says Rob Gordon,

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Turkey

As I sit writing this review, we are only moments before the U.S. carries out a pre-emptive strike on Iraq. I am finding it

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15 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Tosca: Delhi9

I wanted to really love this record, and I’ve tried, but I only love two-thirds of it: specifically, the two-thirds that conform to two

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	Something For Kate: Echolalia

Known and praised in their native Down Under, as well as gobbling up nearly every critic’s award from Australian music circles, Something For Kate

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15 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Notwist: Neon Golden

Neon Golden, the sixth album by German outfit The Notwist, has already been making waves online among file-swapping music geeks for a year. Obsessive musical

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15 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Grand Drive: self-titled

Alt-country’, ‘Americana’, call it what you will, it’s everywhere. The day I bought an album by St. Thomas it really hit home. When you

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15 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Damnwells: Pmr + 1

The Damnwells make a soundtrack for your drive around the planet as a paying member of the Jilted. It’s alone/together, or better put,

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15 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Forget math rock -- let's hear it for 'one step?' Cori Taratoot scours American history and musical genres to interpret all the noise about Brooklyn's irreverent noisemakers.

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24: The House Special Subcommittee’s Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini

Halfway between a novel based on a TV show and a cut-and-paste 'Official Guide.'"

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Things You Should Know by A. M. Homes

[It] bespeaks a surreal, slightly menacing world of private paranoia into which intrudes relentless, threatening forces of randomness, contingency, accident.

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15 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

[He] spills the deep dark innards of the rehab process in an engaging, unwavering manner.

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The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow - Hollywood Transgressor by Deborah Jermyn and Sean Redmond

[Bigelow] is a film maker able to transcend the commercial constraints of Hollywood to author her own films in innovative and transgressive ways.

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	Uncle Tupelo: No Depression / Still Feel Gone / March 16-20, 1992

It seemed like divine intervention when I received the three re-issued Uncle Tupelo CD’s in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Not at

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14 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Dave Ralph: Resident Alien

Dave Ralph is my kind of trance DJ. His name alone, in a genre dominated by guys who call themselves things like Sasha and Tiesto

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	Rainer Maria: Long Knives Drawn

Rainer Maria can be likened to a small planet wracked by the violence of its own creation. Huge forces pulled and pummeled its fiery genesis.

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14 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Paper Lions: The Symptom and the Sick

This is actually the second review I’ve written of this record, and I must say that I’ve fallen deeper in love with The

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	Ozzy Osbourne: The Essential Ozzy Osbourne

Doddering patriarch of MTVDove-head biterThe paradigm for “Behind the Music”The devilish leader of the SabbathDrunken hair-metal begetterAll of the above “All of the above”

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	The Rob McConnell Tentet: Thank You, Ted

Rob McConnell is a magisterial valve-trombonist, as is clear on this CD of charts he wrote when surgery sidelined him a while from blowing. His

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14 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Melodie Group: Updownaround

The word “jangle” gets thrown around quite a bit in reference to music. Check out allmusic.com; the site has a page dedicated jangle pop,

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14 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Living in Oblivion (1995)

Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.

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14 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gang Tapes (2002)

The majority of Gang Tapes is framed through Kris' camera; it is his eye -- and ours -- on his world.

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14 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

And with that, the film's innocence-versus-evil course is set.

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The Cook and Other Treasures (2003)

Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Swervedriver: Mezcal Head

Most reputable critics will tell you that the most important album to emerge from the British shoegazer movement in the early ‘90s was My Bloody

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	Pixies: Surfer Rosa/Come on Pilgrim

I had already been skipping my last year of high school like crazy, waiting for the spring semester to eke away and the summer to

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	Oingo Boingo: Dark at the End of the Tunnel

“Something in the phrasing was quietly amazing.” —Bic Runga, Get Some Sleep Some years ago, I watched Oingo Boingo’s Skeletons in the Closet video

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The High Score: Sexy Losers

Knoxville, Tennessee isn’t exactly the Volunteer State’s largest Mecca of musical talent. Having lived there for a large part of my life, I

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Desert City Soundtrack: Contents of Distraction

There was a time when just about every single record that came from Deep Elm was guaranteed to be some second rate Mineral rip off,

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica

I was born in 1972. Thanks to having two older siblings preceding my arrival, our house was always filled with the sounds of the latest popular

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Circus Devils: The Harold Pig Memorial

One of Robert Pollard‘s many side projects, the Circus Devils is the name for his work with the Tobias brothers, who provide a vaguely

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	The Bad Plus: These Are the Vistas

To a reviewer weaned on indie rock, a jazz album can bring about a heap of trepidation. Sure, it sounds cool, but is said reviewer

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Blakes: New Tattoo

While a certain negative stigma is attached to the label of “power pop” these days, there’s no denying the widespread appeal of its sound.

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Burrito Deluxe: Georgia Peach

Tribute albums may have exhausted their usefulness. Once, they may have been a way for big names to introduce their fans to their more obscure

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13 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Audioslave: self-titled

It’s hard to gaze at Audioslave and not see a little bit of Soundgarden mixed in with a whole bunch of Rage Against the

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	AC/DC: Back in Black [re-mastered edition]

It is said that timing is everything. In AC/DC‘s case, the staggered release schedule for re-mastered versions of the band’s entire catalogue

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

What a Girl Wants (2003)

Daphne is cooler, thinner, and just plain hotter than her secretly envious rivals.

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Spun (2002)

Boasting that it includes more than 5,000 edits, Jonas Åkerlund's feature debut offers glimpses -- very fast -- into life on speed.

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)

'It is not 'just' a movie. What hinges on this release is so much larger than the film itself.'"

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Anger Management (2003)

Dave (Adam Sandler) grumbles okay, to everything, his face reorganized into a permanent twist.

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	White Light Motorcade: Thank You, Goodnight!

Take one look at the group photo on the back of their new CD, and you’d instantly think that New York band White Light

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jacky Terrasson: Smile

Around my way, they never figured on the French Kid making the Move. They never really talked about the French Kid. Sure, we all knew

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Thermals: More Parts Per Million

One overriding thought flashed through my head when I first heard the Thermals’ More Parts Per Million: justgimmeindierock© Lou Barlow). Having been weaned on the

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Patrick Park: Under the Unminding Skies

The graduation from punk to roots rock, country, and folk has become somewhat of a natural progression—the liberties afforded by the medium of punk

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Jam: The Sound of the Jam

Simply put, the Jam were quite possibly the greatest band that America ever missed out on. Coming as part of the first wave of British

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The JTG Implosion: All the People Some of the Time

An implosion is a sudden, inward collapse—but a JTG Implosion is more of a nostalgia trip through the world of one’s universal past,

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Jeff Hanson: Son

Confession. I didn’t have a clue who Jeff Hanson was before I got hold of this debut release, Son. Not an inkling (Well, that’

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Steve Forbert: Any Old Time: Songs of Jimmie Rodgers

I’ve been anticipating the release of Steve Forbert‘s Any Old Time, a collection of Jimmie Rodgers songs, ever since I heard about the

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Ester Drang: Infinite Keys

Legend has it that Oklahoma-based psych pop quartet Ester Drang signed to Jade Tree Records on the strength of their demos, if the band’s

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10 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Blackstreet: Level II

He was “at the center of a swirl of events”, as the late Larry Neal would put it. No, the Harlem born native Teddy Riley

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