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Wednesday, March 19 2003

Hellfire Sermons: Hymns: Ancient and Modern

Prior to the Manic Street Preachers rise to the British rock elite, there was a band that many believed would eventually become what the Manics

The Derailers: Genuine

Hipster fans of alt-country tend to steer clear of the Derailers. After all, the Austin, Texas-based band doesn’t fit the Whiskeytown/Old 97s/Son

Beans: Tomorrow Right Now

On his debut full-length Tomorrow Right Now, Beans is both floating somewhere in the upper galaxies and cooling out on city streets. His style is

King Britt: Adventures in Lo-Fi

The subject of today’s evisceration is the new record from King Britt called Adventures in Lo-Fi. Sadly, the title is a lie: this record

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Park Avenue South: Live at Starbucks

When you usually think of seeing jazz great Dave Brubeck and his accompanying trio of musicians, it’s often either at an outdoor venue, jazz


Ellis' tale gives the reader an intriguing glimpse into a strange reality that is as human as it is futuristic and fantastic.

The Goon #1-3

A delightful romp through a pseudo-Depression Era world.

Daredevil #38-40 – The Trial of the Century

So why should it be a surprise that superheroes, at some point in their careers, would have their star fall?

Rawhide Kid #1-2

In most film, TV, and literature, gay characters are usually victims of prejudice and/or violence. The Rawhide Kid is anything but a victim. He may be fancy, but he can kick butt with the best of them.

Supergrass + The Coral

Supergrass The Coral This was one of those rare performances—like Pavement at the Vic Theater in 1999 at the tail end of their Terror Twilight

The Incapacitants + Aube

The Incapacitants Aube A dark, cool night and heavy rainfall created the perfect backdrop for the opening night of Alchemy Records’ week-long showcase in Shibuya,

The Coral

Sure, the Coral are just a few yards in front of me, but they’re not really here. They’re in a happier place and

Common + Gang Starr + Floetry

Gang Starr Floetry If the trajectory of Common’s rap persona were mapped out on a flow chart, you’d see a line climbing steadily


S E T    L I S T PepitaAcross the WireThe Ride Part IIThe Black LightQuattro (World Drifts In)Sonic WindFrontera / TriggerNot Even Stevie

Canadian Music Week

The Exies Carolyn Mark Trapt There are generally two large music “to dos” in Toronto each year. North By Northeast (NXNE), the cousin of South


Recipe: Live Audioslave With 25% Soundgarden and 75% Rage Against the Machine, hard-rock saviors Audioslave arrived before a sold-out crowd at the Riviera Theatre with high expectations

Pandora’s Handbag: Adventures in the Book World by Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young is ultimately a book lover's reviewer rather than a conventional industry hack.

A Plague of Frogs; Unraveling an Environmental Mystery by William Souder

Frogs are supposed to be a 'sentinel species' . . . If frogs are doing badly, we have reason to be anxious.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson

Both in throwing his bricks and presenting his bouquets, [the author] seems curiously off the mark.

Layne Staley: Angry Chair by Adriana Rubio

The book is nothing more than one fan's viewpoint on the tortured existence of Staley.

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