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Thursday, April 18 2002

Murder by Numbers (2002)

'Murder by Numbers' isn't about solving the case; it's about solving Cassie (Sandra Bullock).


The Last Waltz (2002)

The Last Waltz still spirits a tingle up the spine.


Wednesday, April 17 2002

JP Torres and his Cuban All-Stars: Cuba Swings

How’s this for an idea? Take some of the best-known tunes from the Swing Era (nearly all taken from Gershwin, Ellington, or Glen Miller)


her space holiday: Manic Expressive

I gave this album an unusually biased first listen after having bought Marc Bianchi’s first LP, Home is Where You Hang Yourself, listened to


Fu Manchu: California Crossing

Fu Manchu have perfected the art of irreverent rock over the course of their five-album discography. Consecutive albums crammed with cranking riffs, odd lyrical themes


Craving Theo: self-titled

How to become a corporate rock star, in six easy steps: Think of a name that will stick in people’s heads, no matter how


Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy (Original Soundtrack)

Badly Drawn Boy’s Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of Bewilderbeast, despite its many merits, was very nearly derailed by the pretensions of the Erratically


The Boris Flats: ‘Dinlo’ The Original Soundtrack

If there’s any reason at all to have music critics or journalists or radio stations, then that reason is (or certainly should be) to


Marc Anthony: Libre

Let’s face it: after the multi-platinum success of his self-titled 1999 English-language breakthrough, Nuyorican crooner Marc Anthony has little to prove. Everyone knows the guy


The Vines

For start, this gig was meant to be at the cozy sweatbox of the Camden Monarch nearly a month ago. People who had heard the


Supersuckers

What happened to swagger? Though I’ve grown to expect more complexity and emotional honesty out of rock stars, rock ‘n’ roll is one more


Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

I had a dream about St. Ann’s Warehouse—it picks up just at the end of the April 6 Joe Strummer gig (the final night


The Shiners

S E T    L I S T Crow HollerCircle SongWhere Did My Legs Go?Ode to Billy JoeLookout Mountain GalPlowmanElvis Sings to JesusConjuremanLos


The Eels

Reclusive Eels Frontman Finally Leaves House, Brings Guitars With Him It’s doubtful that Mark Everett had any idea what the song “Fittin’ in with


Clinic

In 39 minutes, the world is going to end. We are all waiting for that end to begin. There’s a sickness in the air, like


Beta Band

The guy in the yellow shirt (“Reconstruction Continues . . .,” his shoulder blades informed) didn’t seem to notice how close the crowd was packed, how smoky


Tuesday, April 16 2002

Sloan: Pretty Together

The Canadian quartet Sloan has always fashioned itself after the democracy within the Beatles. In both bands, all four distinct members contribute to the songwriting.


Josh Ritter: Golden Age of Radio

“After Bob Dylan took his guitar case on the road to New York . . . he inspired an earnest army of guitar poets who took a dubious


Tony Perez: From Enchantment and Timba to Full Force Jazz

Although it is not easy to stand out in the crowded Latin jazz market, Tony Perez has some distinct advantages. His instrument is the piano


Dan the Automator: Wanna Buy a Monkey?

Seeing the spine of a CD with Dan the Automator’s name on it is somewhat akin to finding a copy of Hamlet credited to


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