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Monday, July 8 2002

The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are smart, self-assured, and admirable.


Men In Black II (2002)

What the sequel does make abundantly clear is that the apparently accidental harmonies of the first can -- indeed must -- be turned into calculation.


Like Mike (2002)

It's easy to see why Bow Wow -- ambitious, clever, self-confident -- appealed to the folks who put this film-cd-gear- package together.


Thursday, June 27 2002

Tom Waits: Alice / Blood Money

Arguably the only living legend for whom all four cylinders are still firing, Waits’ career stretches back to 1973’s Closing Time, an album of after-hours


Weezer: Maladroit

Weezer’s fourth album—and second in less than a year—Maladroit begins with a minor-key heavy metal riff, distorted to hell and messy as


The Vines: Highly Evolved

Highly Evolved is everything a debut album from a great band should be: far from perfect but never a wasted mistake. Like many bands on


Ultimate Fakebook: Open Up and Say Awesome

Three is the key, a magic trinity of band members (3) and number of albums released (again 3) converging in a powerful sonic force that makes Open


Nelly: Nellyville

When it comes to hip-hop, I am definitely old school. Roxanne Shante and a then-unknown Biz Markie headlined my first rap concert. I saw the


Fermin Muguruza: Brigidistak Sound System

Damn, didn’t I just review this CD? Oh, wait: that was Basque reggae fanatic Muguruza’s first disc for Piranha, FM 99.00 Dub Manifest. That


Looper: The Snare

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King of Woolworths: Ming Star

Manchester artist Jon Brooks, AKA King of Woolworths, can easily be construed as Just Another Underground Techno Geek, another in what’s rapidly becoming a


Cousteau: Sirena

One day last December, when dragging myself through a slow day at my record store job, a woman asked me about “that band . . . the one


Trans Am

Smiling faces in Detroit? People everywhere? Parents and kids walking downtown at night? What . . . ? A thought occurs to me that perhaps I am still home


Raphael Saadiq + Joi

Summer was the perfect season for a seductive evening with Joi and Raphael Saadiq at Bimbo’s—they were an electric musical duo, mostly because


Bernadette Peters

The most recent publicity photo of two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters shows her sporting a tattoo of a heart with the initials reading: BP+


Beth Orton

Beth Orton arrived on stage in jeans, a white oxford shirt and a yellow tie with brown dots—looking like she couldn’t decide if


The Hives

Swedish outfit The Hives came to Transit, a small club in Philadelphia Friday night, and left little doubt who the reigning champs are in the


Gern Blandsten Records 10th Anniversary Party

Radio 4 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists New Jersey’s Gern Blandsten Records, offering “fine musical product for the socially unaccepted since 1992,” chose June 15 to celebrate


Dickey Betts & Great Southern

The Allmans Brothers Band has been the central musical group of my life, their œuvre most vital to my worldview. From that perspective, their longtime


Paper Moon by Joe David Brown

The book, published in 1971 (originally entitled 'Addie Pray') caught the interest of Hollywood and renowned director, Peter Bogdanovich, who made Brown's story into an overwhelmingly successful film, starring Ryan O'Neal and his daughter, Tatum, and called it 'Paper Moon'. The rest, as they say, is history.


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