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Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept

How, at first, disconcerting it is to hear Alanis Morissette, the queen of late ‘90s, angst-ridden folk rock, sing about parties, dancing and boys. If

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	Various Artists: Pure 90’s

The other day, for the umpteenth time, I saw a VH1 special on the ‘90s. Given that the network prides itself on repackaging pop culture

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14 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Violet Indiana: Casino

This might not be the most fair way to begin a review, but I’m not the only one that felt that there were times

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14 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Sade: Lovers Live

There are not a lot of crescendos in Sade’s music. No bells, whistles or trumpets-literally or figuratively. Not a lot of screaming, testifying or

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	St. Germain: Boulevard: New Version, the Complete Series

Lots of artists have endeavored to combine elements of jazz and house, but no one has done it as seamlessly as St. Germain’s Ludovic

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	Millencolin: Home From Home

Swedish punkers Millencolin made quite the breakthrough with their last record, Pennybridge Pioneers. On their first three records, changes to their sound were hardly noticeable,

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14 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	McBride and The Ride: Amarillo Sky

There’s an irony in “Amarillo Sky”, the first song and title track of McBride and The Ride’s fourth album after a nearly 10-year

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	Donna the Buffalo: Live from the American Ballroom

Yeah, Donna the Buffalo are a jam band, a designation that conjures up images of tie-dies, a dancing style that was surely born on a

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14 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel

A sticker on the front of the CD of Elvis Costello’s new album When I Was Cruel reads “Elvis Costello’s first loud album

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14 May 2002 // 2:03 AM

The combination of four sweaty, unassuming guys proudly displaying their heavy metal T-shirts whilst belting out a brand of classic-influenced modern rock that gave them their name, is not the conventional way a new band manages to break through in today's ultra competitive, MTV dominated music industry, but that's exactly how American Hi-Fi have managed it.

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You Know Better by Tina McElroy Ansa

Though definitely Southern in tone, 'You Know Better' delves into core problems currently plaguing the African-American community across the country. Never mind that Mulberry is a small-town; the issues addressed are rampant from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.

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13 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spy’s Fate by Arnaldo Correa

Correa's 'Spy's Fate' is a must for any spy novel enthusiast. Beyond this, the book is an important political statement, and being written in a Cuban voice, it is an amazing one.

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Movie Love in the Fifties by James Harvey

Harvey wishes to illustrate how by appealing to and then upsetting the kinds of emotional allegiance audiences give to established cinematic conventions, a more complex and compelling kind of affection emerges, one drawn by oddity and extremity and not the tried and true.

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Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox

Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.

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13 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.

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	Jonathan Richman: Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman

Oh! JoJo. No one with a heart could fail to succumb to the eccentric charms of America’s most sincere songwriter. Probably one of the

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	Lonesome Bob: Things Change

The first time you listen to Things Change, you start trying to nestle it into neat little categories. It’s straight country. It’s country-rock

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	Knievel: The Name Rings a Bell That Drowns Out Your Voice

If you’ve never heard the band Knievel, you might think, because of their name, that they’re some kind of flashy, spectacular punk rock

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	Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Plastic Fang

After a pretty lengthy hiatus, I’d like to say that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are finally ready to talk about the blues again,

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9 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Denali: self-titled

Denali’s lead singer, Maura Davis, has an extraordinary voice. When I first heard it live a couple of weeks ago (Denali recently opened for

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	Will Downing: Sensual Journey

For much of his career, Will Downing has comfortably fit in as the working man’s Luther Vandross. Not given to Vandross’ flair and not

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9 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Beards: Funtown

The Beards are L.A.‘s newest supergroup. Sort of. In an age where the major record companies vertically integrate their artists under the guise

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Unfaithful (2002)

Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The New Guy (2002)

What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Girls Can’t Swim (2001)

Each event in the girls' lives is presented with a cool, matter-of-fact openness rarely encountered in contemporary American cinema.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Big Bad Love (2002)

Big Bad Love underlines Barlow's concerns about what it means to be a man.

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	Various Artists: Smooth Grooves: After Hours, Cool Down

While Studio 54 remains the quintessential memorial to the disco era and disco perhaps remains one of the most disparaged popular music genres of the last 30

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8 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Keller Williams: Laugh

Upon first receiving Keller Williams’ latest album Laugh, I was initially won over by the humorous songs, tasty guitar work, and funky jazz treatments offered

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8 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Miggs: Anyway

Bands like the Miggs used to be a dime a dozen. Every town had a few, guitar-based quartets that were long on hooks and short

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8 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Imperial Teen: On

Yowsa, a brand new record from Imperial Teen! Pop rock that’s not saccharine, their songs are sexy and confused, dizzy and danceable, sarcastic and

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8 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jerry Douglas: Lookout for Hope

On his latest album, Lookout for Hope, Jerry Douglas continues to explore the boundaries of new acoustic music with a number of well-known guests, including

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8 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dominic Chianese: Hits

Discussing this album without addressing the extra-musical accomplishments of the artist is hopeless. Dominic Chianese is the actor who plays Uncle Junior on The Sopranos.

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	Beat Crusaders: All You Can Eat

Cross-cultural relevance. What is it? How do we define it? How do we measure it? How do we determine authenticity—that thing which makes critics

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Recher Theater was packed like a can of volatile trick snakes, tech vests rubbing against flannel and denim in a precarious, palpable friction. Makes

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Spiritualized Black Rebel Motorcycle Club The Drunk and the Junkie: A Concert Review in Two Parts I. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club had their work cut

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Uptown Friday Night From the beginning, the expedition to Harlem to catch Soulive was all about a clash of cultures. It was not just the

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T After Your PartySwoonMoonbeam MonkeyThe StormLandspeed SongThe Night You Saved My LifeSlow DogAnother MomentDarksideWrap Around SkirtBreathe Around

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Once in a Blue Moon A full moon on a Friday night in springtime is a convergence of more than enough elements to get the

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8 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

How much farther could you possibly get from the lazy, sun-drenched California of Beulah than New York’s gritty, gray, and grimy Bowery? Though not

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That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute.

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	Various Artists: Happy 2B Hardcore Chapter Six: the Final Chapter

I think by now we’re all agreed that disco never died. Despite the strident well-publicized calls for its death by homophobes and metalheads, and

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Monster Movie: Last Night Something Happened

Have people yet turned on to the sounds of Monster Movie? The year 2001 found the band debuting with their self-titled EP, a stunning and melodic

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	LoDeck: Bash It EP

In an attempt to deviate from the feel-good rhymes of Mos Def or the mainstream-damn-near-pop appeal of Jay-Z, Lo Deck is trying to be a

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Gritty Kitty: Where Did You Find Each Other?

Five years ago, Athens quartet Gritty Kitty released their debut album, Mistaking Airplanes for Stars, an amateurish batch of boy/girl indie-pop that reflected perfectly

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	Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits

There’s a popular mythology out there that says that certain things—like pop divas and Fortune 500 companies—never die. I’m not talking your

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7 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Anathema: A Fine Day to Exit

A few years ago, Anathema were a death-metal band from Liverpool with songs of such crushing intensity they would make even Lemmy’s ears bleed.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Shield

The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Insomniac with Dave Attell

As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.

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7 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Latin Groove

World music purveyors Putumayo really nails it with this compilation, a spicy musical stew that proves sound of musical worlds colliding can, indeed, be beautiful.

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	764-HERO: Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere

To many indie rock aficionados, the name 764-HERO is somehow synonymous with the gray, soggy Northwest climate. John Atkins’ terminally melancholy yowl coupled with his

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Stan Ridgway: Holiday in Dirt

To most who were conscious of the New Wave, or even those who listen to lots of ‘80s radio now, Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican

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	Fred LeBlanc: Here on Earth

It’s generally best to approach the solo albums that musicians make and release themselves with extreme caution. After all, if no one was interested

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Get Up Kids: Something to Write Home About

The Get Up Kids are not cool. That’s for sure. The Get Up Kids are about as far from cool as you can get

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Too-Rye-Ay

The yahoos that stocked the rafters came looking for chart-toppers and low-brow fashion. But once the ephemeral was handed-over, those support gigs for Dexy’s

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6 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Angie Aparo: Weapon of Mass Construction

Angie Aparo first popped up on the radar with the release of his Arista Records debut, The American, back in 2000. The distinction pf being Aparo’

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The Jay Zs and Ja Rules of the world would no longer be role models to black youth if we all had a more prominent role in their lives.

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XTC: A Coat of Many Cupboards

Cult status or no, XTC’s raw deal at the hands of Virgin Records is slightly rectified herein, and helps repair a rift of under-representation that spanned decades and resulted in a bruising industry battle.

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The real key to Café Tacuba is the fact that all four members write beautiful songs.

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Tijuana and Monterrey are both closer to the U.S. border than they are to Mexico City, and both have enthusiastic and committed local music scenes that have little to do with trying to sound like 'chilangos' (natives of Mexico City) and everything to do with musical hybridism.

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Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World by Eric Foner

Each generation, each separate age of man, writes its own history from that time frame's unique perspective.

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Seek: Reports From The Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson

From modern-day hippies, to war-weary Africans, to a Kabul under Taliban rule, to Christian biker rallies, Denis Johnson offers glimpses of how the other half lives in a collection of essays.

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Points of Departure: New Stories from Mexico Edited by Monica Lavin; Gustavo V. Segade, translator

'The Hostage' by Álvaro Uribe, is a nightmare scenario worthy of Poe--and its translation is nimble and facile enough that it doesn't get in the way.

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Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex, Second Edition  by Pat Califia

Those familiar with Califia's work know it can be difficult to decide which is more disruptive to mainstream culture: Califia's writing, or Califia himself.

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Hi There, Boys and Girls: America’s Local Children’s TV Programs by Tim Hollis

Children's television has never concealed its true intents; a half-hour long cartoon is as much an advertisement for a set of action figures as it is entertainment.

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

... sometimes they are just plain wrong. McDonough and Braungart see a world of abundance. A flight over Haiti or Romania would cure that delusion.

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Shaggy: Hot Shot Ultramix

If you love Shaggy, it’s probably not for his depth or social pertinence. Despite the fact that he performed his first hit, “Oh Carolina”

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	The Pine Valley Cosmonauts: The Executioner’s Last Songs

THE PINE VALLEY COSMONAUTSThe Executioner’s Last Songs(Bloodshot)US release date: 19 March 2002 15 April 2002 by Andrew GilstrapPopMatters Associate Music Editor pinevalleycosmonauts-executioners.jpg :. e-mail this article:.

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	Lasse Lindh: You Wake Up at Sea Tac

I’m going to go ahead and assume that the Sea Tac in Lasse Lindh’s You Wake Up at Sea Tac is the Seattle-Tacoma

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jump, Little Children: Vertigo

These days, pure talent is no guarantee of anything. The music business for most is an ever-uphill struggle against hardship in an attempt to get

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Gomez: In Our Gun

I absolutely unreservedly love this album. It rocks, it’s got soul, and it’s hushed; it’s modern, it’s throwback; it’s reflective

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2 May 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jason Falkner: Necessity: The 4-Track Years

Jason Falkner’s career is like an open book, divided into several chapters. He spent time making records with The Three O’Clock, Jellyfish, and

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	Earth, Wind and Fire: That’s the Way of the World: Alive in 1975

Earth, Wind and Fire had logged four albums when they went in the studio in 1975 to record That’s the Way of the World. The

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

As soon as word got out that Left Eye was dead, the news-and-entertainment industry kicked into a depressingly familiar gear.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The efforts of the Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival to use Jewish identity as a jumping-off point to promote understanding among many groups, are admirable and welcome.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man doesn't get caught up in its own snazzy special effects.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

New Best Friend (2002)

In the end, the class conflict is as mundane as the dialogue.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hollywood Ending (2002)

The reinvention of Hollywood Ending is not the film, but the 66-year-old Allen as self-promoter.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Human Nature (2002)

Human Nature is largely a study of the fine line between being innovative and being asinine.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Deuces Wild (2002)

A heavy-handed glob of a movie.

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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Stacy Peralta's propulsive [Dogtown and Z-Boys] is at once irreverent and reverential.

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Weezer Weezer Pete Yorn S E T    L I S T Dope NosePhotographMy Name is JonasThe Good LifeSuperstarIsland in the SunSurf Wax AmericaTired

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

TimPhoto credit: Kelly Miller SethPhoto credit: Kelly Miller If you’ve never seen Les Savy Fav before, your first reaction upon seeing the band take

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Driving with BertSleeping on RoadsWho Do You LoveMartha’s Mantra (For the Pain)When You’re

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Push ItTemptation WaitsAndrogynyI Think I’m ParanoidSpecialDrive You HomeBreaking Up the GirlNot My IdeaWhen I Grow

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Baby Let Me Follow You DownSteve’s Last RambleTom Ames’ PrayerTaneytownNow She’s GoneGoodbyeSouth Nashville BluesCCKMPSo

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T First Set Carry On/QuestionsMilitary MadnessGoin’ HomeWooden ShipsFeed the PeopleYou’re My GirlI Used to Be

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Paralleling concepts like apartheid with the Holocaust . . . has become a bit of a knee-jerk analogy that is often deeply fashionable and very disturbing . . .

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1 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

I grossly misjudged what would be the most painful part of leaving the USA. My dependence on FOX and NBC was more than I could admit.

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Now the worm has turned, and I suspect that the success of 'The Osbournes', Andrew WK, and those gargling perennials Aerosmith will out us all as the closet metalheads we truly are.

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Young and Sexy: Stand Up for Your Mother

When a band forms, one of the first problems facing its members is what to call themselves. If you are a band with a single,

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	The Saturday People: self-titled

You can find any number of bands out there working in the indie pop vein who seek to revive the music of the past, be

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	Suzzy and Maggie Roche: Zero Church

Any promise of a release by the Roches is always looked forward to with much honest anticipation. Their new album Zero Church is unique by

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Joseph Malik: Diverse

Pleasant music can be a beautiful thing. Melodies wrap around, harmonies intertwine with each other, vocals are flowing, and the beats are soft and enveloping.

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	My Favorite: A Cult of One

With a visit to the giga-hip Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, one comes away with more than just a sense of tension between urban

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	Megadeth: Killing is My Business . . . and Business is Good!

In 1983 and 1984, as hard rock bands were starting to dominate record sales, such as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Def Leppard, and Quiet

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30 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Isaac Freeman and the Bluebloods: Beautiful Stars

While listening to Beautiful Stars, Isaac “Dickie” Freeman’s first solo album, there is much at which to marvel. Most obvious is Freeman’s basso

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The Rain Parade Steve Wynn   If you ask Steve Wynn for one of his favorite memories from his days playing on the Los Angeles

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