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Thursday, January 9 2003

The Shazam: Tomorrow the World

This is very good news indeed. Just when doubts were brewing about whether The Shazam could return to the kind of form displayed on their


Rhett Miller: The Instigator

For nearly 10 years, Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s have defied simple categorization. Alt-country? Sure, in that they don’t play the typical gag


Diana Krall: Live in Paris

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Al Jarreau: All I Got

Al Jarreau was going to be as important as Curtis, Marvin, or Stevie. At least that was the way he was talked about briefly in 1975


Hot Water Music: Caution

As musical genres go, few are more limiting than hardcore punk rock. After all, there’s only so much that you can do with three


FC Kahuna: Machine Says Yes

Here it is, people—a dance album without clichés, and a group that refuses to do what they’re “supposed” to do (crank out


Miles Davis: The Miles Davis Story [DVD]

During the introduction to this DVD biography of Miles Davis released by Sony Music Miles’ onetime mentor, trumpeter Clark Terry, points out that the tension


Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Cruel Smile

Elvis Costello is one of those artists that people love. Not just listen to and like, not just appreciate and admire, but actually wholly love,


Common: Electric Circus

So here’s the burden—you’ve been heralded as this generation’s Celebrity Gramscian. You know, the kind of brotha given to counter hegemonic


Talk to Her (2002)

Its frank observations of love in excess of gender (or even sex) and its postmodern, eclectic style are distinctly reflective of our own present.


Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.


Narc (2002)

Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.


Love Liza (2002)

Love Liza wallows in grief and asks its audience to do likewise.


Just Married (2003)

Some movies don't need to be made.


The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) - PopMatters Film Review )

Lotte Reiniger used film to... investigate the connections between past and present traditions.


Wednesday, January 8 2003

UB40: UB40 Present the Fathers of Reggae

It’s been nearly two decades since British reggae group UB40 had a hit with “Red Red Wine”. Since that highpoint, the group has faded


Tandy: The Lowdown: 1997-2002

There has been a great alt.country band under our noses the whole time, and their name is Tandy. Headed by American singer-songwriter Mike Ferrio


Saint Etienne: Finisterre

Poor Saint Etienne. Back when they first appeared in the early ‘90s, they seemed like the next Pet Shop Boys, a couple of British music


The Roots: Phrenology

On 1995’s Do You Want More?, the first widely available album by the Roots, there was a track called “Essaywhuman?!!??!” that was essentially an excuse


Darryl Purpose: A Crooked Line

When one thinks of a male folk singer from anywhere but Texas, the image of a squirrelly guy in long hair and wire-rim glasses is


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