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Saturday, February 9 2002

Jill Sobule

S E T    L I S T JetpackBitterJoey (Heatherton)(Ex-gay ministry song)MargaretKaren by NightThe Money Shot(I Live like a) FreshmanHeroesLucy at

Friday, February 8 2002

Baaba Maal

The Triumph of Pure Sound Baaba Maal was supposed to be onstage at 8:00 p.m., and now it’s 8:25, and the crowd is getting as

Thursday, February 7 2002

Chris Smither

We had only been there five minutes and already I was annoyed. Having never been to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, it was not remotely what

Rollerball (2002)


Collateral Damage (2002)

As Schwarzenegger described the whole shebang to the guys on 'Fox NFL Sunday', 'There's some serious butt-kicking going on.'"

Tuesday, February 5 2002

Stereophonics + JJ72

Stereophonics JJ72 What Comes After Britpop? Or, the Stereophonics Take Your American Hype and Shove It While much of his fellow UK fraternity are busy

Monday, February 4 2002

Various Artists: From Hell to Breakfast: A Taste of Sugar Hill’s Texas Singer-Songwriters

Texas claims to be the best at a lot of things, and quite frankly, it annoys nearly every other state in the Union. One thing

Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise: New Ground

Robert Bradley is going to keep writing songs and playing them whether you buy this CD or not. I know this because that is what

ballboy: Club Anthems

Even in their self-pitying mire of daily life, the Scots have given us Yanks a lot to enjoy. We owe them for Belle & Sebastian,

David Benoit: Fuzzy Logic

The picture of David Benoit that stares out from the inner sleeve has a slightly sinister aspect to it. Benoit looks rather like one of

All Girl Summer Fun Band: self-titled

All Girl Summer Fun Band is too cute for its own good with its bright, girly vocals and giddy retro-pop, but you’ll love the

Thursday, January 31 2002

Slackers (2002)

Some movies just don't need to be made. And some movies work extra hard to educe comments just like that one, making the extra effort to gross you out, to annoy, alarm, or titillate you.

Birthday Girl (2002)

. . . a mildly enjoyable film, offering some giggles and even a few shocking revelations.

Monday, January 28 2002

The Charlatans UK + Starsailor

Starsailor S E T    L I S T StarsailorAlcoholicPoor Misguided FoolShe Just WeptFeverLullabyLove is HereTie Up My HandsGood Souls Charlatans + StarsailorIt’s All

Various Artists: Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi Compiled by Thievery Corporation

The American Bossa craze started in 1962, prior to the arrival of the Beatles in the US and the eternal transformation of pop music that resulted.

Various Artists: Hit Me With Your 80’s Box

The 1980s have been compared to the Eisenhower years, with the ‘90s roughly equating to the incredible period of wealth building that followed the end

Jaguar Wright: Denials, Delusions, and Decisions

Yeah I’m black and I wear braids sometimes. I’m more neo-soul than Blu Cantrell or Faith Evans or Usher! Those motherfuckers sing R

The Sunshine Fix: Age of the Sun

I don’t want to get into a whole discussion about the brilliance of Olivia Tremor Control here, for two reasons: first, because you’re

Dawn Robinson: Dawn

The real question is why should this gifted singer care enough about envious haters to sing a song about them, and then make that song

Vikter Duplaix: DJ Kicks

It may not quite grab the headlines in the way it once did in the Gamble-Huff heydays, but there is no denying that Philadelphia is

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