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Monday, November 12 2001

Bob Marley: Exodus (Deluxe Edition)

“Rise oh fallen fighters/ Rise and take your stance again./ ‘Cause he who fight and run away/ Live to fight another day” —“The Heathen” In

The Movielife: The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem

The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem should make these boys stars. While the five-song EP is slight, it provides a glimpse of things to come.

Paul McCartney: Driving Rain / Mick Jagger: Goddess in the Doorway

Whereas experience has reinforced the stubbornness of Paul McCartney's devotion to romantic love, it has humbled Mick Jagger, confronting him with his own frailty, weakness and, ultimately, mortality.

Liars Academy: No News Is Good News

Punk pop never truly makes much sense. The spirit of punk and the spirit of pop are at odds with each other. Punk embraces rebellion,

Jewel: This Way

You Don’t Know Her At All“Poetry is a passage into those parts of our being where we understand who we have been and

Garrison: Be a Criminal

It’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of punk-influenced indie bands, with many of them utilizing the same musical touch points (The

Flanger: Inner Space/Outer Space

Beginning with a great German electro beat and vocal sample that sound like a promised delivery of the new wave of electro-disco sounds heard everywhere

David Dondero: Shooting at the Sun with a Water Gun

David Dondero is a thief. Eavesdropping in dive bars, he steals bits of conversations and drunken truths. The miserable pasts and shaky desires of bar

Brun Campbell: Joplin’s Disciple

Ragtime was music composed for solo piano, but it took as its inspiration marches and other European musical forms such as the polka. It also

Bonobo: Animal Magic

Animal Magic is the debut effort of Brighton producer Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, but it is not in fact a new release. It’

Brasil All-Stars: Sons da Terra

“The Slowest Festival in the World” takes place every summer in Berlin. It’s called “HeimatKlänge”. Every year, they pick a different region

Barenaked Ladies: Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001)

It seems that sometime around 1998, mainstream pop music fell apart. After enjoying almost seven years of interesting musical phases—sparked, initially, by Nirvana and grunge,

Fred Anderson: On the Run

Fred Anderson is what jazz musicians have always been about—learning to craft their music over a lifetime, never feeling like they’ve “arrived”, and nurturing new generations of talent by providing an example and providing them with the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment.

Allure: Sunny Days

A host of things went wrong for Allure when they slipped onto the R&B scene in 1997. The four fresh faces out of New

Saturday, November 10 2001

Yonder Mountain String Band: Town by Town

Let’s get one thing immediately straight: Yonder Mountain String Band will not pass muster in places like Harriman, Tennessee or Etowah, Georgia or Galax,

Friday, November 9 2001

North Mississippi Allstars

There’s something about brothers in rock & roll. For some mystical reason, when they join forces musically the results are (oftener than not) a

Thursday, November 8 2001

Shallow Hal (2001)

Jack Black is always a pleasure. Irony, weirdness, perversion -- he has it all. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came a-knocking.

Shallow Hal (2001)

What is unfortunate about 'Hal' is that while the Farrellys' previous offerings were, for all their sophomoric dick and fart humor, somewhat good-spirited, their new film is just plain old mean.

Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin

Tuesday, November 6 2001

Elvis Costello

This was not a show for the half-hearted. Even the nosebleed seats in the Beacon Theater that night ran a hefty $35. For prime position, concertgoers

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