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Sunday, January 26 2003

Doro: Fight

If you grew up with metal music back in the mid-‘80s, you sure as heck know who Doro Pesch is. Around 1986, there were very

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: The Bridge

Critics and codgers continue to debate the merits of revisionist jazz historicism, a near-endless cycle that only exacerbates the valuation of classic reissues over original

Calexico: Feast of Wire

If you’re at all familiar with The Sadies’ excellent 2002 album Stories Often Told, and then give Calexico’s latest CD a spin, you can’

Thursday, January 23 2003

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hungarian Music

When most people think of Hungarian music, they think of candle-lit cafés, chicken paprikas and cabbage rolls, pálinka (fruit brandy usually of plums)

Bill Withers: Still Bill

Why don’t more people remember Bill Withers? Here’s a guy who had one of the most distinctive voices of the ‘70s and, with “

Mans Wieslander: Yet

For some reason, I always hold a special place in my heart for those artists whom I discovered entirely by chance. These are usually CD’

Shania Twain: Up!

Although Shania Twain came out of country music, her last two records have had plenty of pop (and little banjo and pedal steel) and the

Santana: The Essential Santana

Springing from the tail end of the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco during the late ‘60s, Santana has invented itself several times over and

Robert McCoy: Bye Bye Baby

This is a specially interesting CD as well as recommendably of the highest musical quality. Peter Silvester’s A Left Hand like God is in

Herbie Hancock: Future 2 Future Live [DVD]

Herbie Hancock has always been looking at the future. Like his former employer, Miles Davis, Hancock is always looking for ways to add the latest

GZA/Genius: Legend of the Liquid Sword

When The Wu-Tang Clan released their now infamous debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993, it’s hard to believe they could have foreseen the extent

EL-P: Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video

El-P’s Definitive Jux label has made some serious headway over the past year, gaining enough momentum to inflate it from fledgling dream to full-blown

The Derek Trucks Band: Joyful Noise

It’s hard to believe that guitar whiz Derek Trucks is a mere 23 years old. After all, he and his band have four albums under

Richard Ashcroft: Human Conditions

Put on a Richard Ashcroft record, and suddenly, everything changes. The room you’re sitting in will be gilded in a dusky glow, no matter

To End All Wars (2001)

Explores separate and collective struggles to survive, the prisoners' strengths and weaknesses.

Siddhartha (1972)

Justine contends with lascivious lesbians, foppish fags, and bombastic bullies at every turn.

Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (1946)

Focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state's juvenile detention system.

Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2002)

Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.

Darkness Falls (2003)

Sets a new bar for lack of logic.

City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

A longtime director of commercials, Meirelles is a consummate showman. Therein lies the problem.

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