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Wednesday, July 17 2002

Paul Westerberg: Stereo / Mono

“This is rock and roll recorded poorly, played in a hurry, with sweaty hands and unsure reasons. How it sounds, what it says, who played

Starlet: When Sun Falls on My Feet

The phrase “Swedish pop” has been known to confuse more than a few casual music fans. For most, the first artist to leap to mind

Penniless: Anola

Penniless has this sort of graph on their website of the bands reviewers most often name when searching for comparisons. Though I have visited many

Marah: Float Away with the Friday Night Gods

For Philadelphia brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the cornerstones behind roots rock group Marah, a change of pace, scenery and attitude was definitely in the

The Mooney Suzuki: Electric Sweat

Urgent and exciting, Electric Sweat by The Mooney Suzuki is not for the passive listener. With 10 noisy and racing songs, the album gets blood pumping

Ray Kane: Wa’ahila

Ray Kane is one of the few guitarists who can thank fish for his music. At one time, the art of Hawaiian slack key guitar


S E T    L I S T Fuckin’ in the BushesHelloThe Hindu TimesHung in a Bad PlaceGo Let It OutColumbiaMorning GloryStop Crying Your


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Lift to Experience

It’s been over a year since the official release of Lift to Experience’s debut album, but most people hardly know they exist. I,

Elf Power + The Gerbils

Elf Power “Standard Elephant 6 fare” is how I heard one person describe the line-up of last Monday’s show at the Middle East in Cambridge,

Chargers Street Gang

In my review of Jucifer’s recent New York appearance, I remarked that I had found the band’s recorded work underwhelming, but their concert

Better Than Ezra

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The Real World XI: Chicago

MTV's 'The Real World' has become a mainline for cultural propagation. The archetype of the 'reality tv' genre, this weekly, pretend-documentary consolidates, edits, and cannibalizes culture.

A Soldier of the Revolution by Ward Just

The novel treats a subject of current political debate: our President's peculiar enthusiasm for turning many of our social obligations over to 'faith based' philanthropic organizations.

Something to Declare by Julian Barnes

He scourges the catacombs of literature and prose, and presents you with a glittering selection of informative gems.

Our Post-Human Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution by Francis Fukuyama

According to Fukuyama, this Pandora's box can still be shut, but only if we marshal the appropriate scientific and political forces and legislate our way to a safer tomorrow.

Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos

Pelecanos is a lifelong resident of the nation's capital who has observed gentrification erode whatever character or sense of continuity the environment once possessed.

A Great, Silly Grin: The British Satire Boom of the 1960s by Humphrey Carpenter

Satire's audiences have always tended to come from the very section of society that is being satirized.

Great Presidential Wit (I Wish I Was in the Book) by Bob Dole

If you had your doubts about Dole before, this will only confirm the worst of them.

Bad Fads by Mark A. Long

College students are often credited with the more bizarre fads which seem to have all been popularized briefly, then forgotten as soon as another trend hit the scene.

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