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Thursday, October 10 2002

White Oleander (2002)

Seems stuck in first gear, grinding through a series of very "safe" clichés.


Tuck Everlasting (2002)

While the book is laced with a youthful sense of wonder concerning life and death, the film is a troubled teenage love story.


The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Weaving together a vivid assemblage of stock footage, archival documents and talking-head spots, the movie winnows the book down to three of its more damning studies.


The Transporter (2002)

Speedy, colorful, and clever, The Transporter establishes Jason Statham as yet another next-generational, hybrid action hero.


Swept Away (2002)

What Swept Away calls love, I would call the usual terror and degradation that keeps battered women in dangerous relationships.


The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Attraction is not comprised of rules, only missed opportunities.


In Praise of Love (2001)

In its preoccupations with history, In Praise of Love suggests if one has no history, one has no basis for thinking about or defining oneself.


Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.


Brown Sugar (2002)

Brown Sugar can blur lines between mainstream and margin, mix up the spirits, just as hip-hop -- so-called real hip-hop but also, in its way, brashly commercial hip-hop -- has always done.


Wednesday, October 9 2002

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

DONNIE LISTENING PARTY 30 September 2002: NoHo — New York City BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA 3 October 2002: Bowery Ballroom — New York City by Kandia Crazy Horse Robert Randolph Blind


Aimee Mann

The house lights flashed three or four times in the lobby, so the crowd would go to their seats and get silent. A few moments


Buddy Guy + Shemekia Copeland

Buddy Guy Shemekia Copeland When the black and blue lights of the crystal chandeliers dimmed at San Francisco’s Fillmore Theater, the clean cut crowd


Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring Patty Griffin, G-Love and the Special Sauce, Emmylou Har

Emmylou HarrisPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery G-Love and the Special SaucePhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery Patty GriffinPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery You would think the city known as


Tuesday, October 8 2002

Saloon: (This Is) What We Call Progress

Of the many pleasures of pop music, this quintet out of Reading, England emphasizes, above all others, the soothing lull of repetition, repetition, repetition. It’


Ron Sexsmith: Cobblestone Runway

When an artist needs motivation to create something new, nothing does it quicker, more suddenly, than personal hardship. The very thing happened to Toronto singer/


Elvis Presley: Roots Revolution: The Louisiana Hayride Recordings

With the latest advancements in digital and sound technology, it will become the norm for analog to be transferred into digital. Cassettes will be burned


I Muvrini: Leia

Because I do two radio shows, usually when I am at home there is a CD in my stereo that I am either reviewing or


Ex Models/The Seconds: Split EP

How to describe a violent burst of sound, four songs in five and a half minutes time, produced by two different bands? Well, that’s


Ray Brown Trio: Some of My Best Friends Are . . . Guitarists

Ray Brown, just about the most respected bassist in jazz, died earlier this year. Ever productive over six-decades of professional work, for the last few


The Apples in Stereo: Velocity of Sound

The Apples in Stereo always fill their 1960s-influenced pop-rock songs with extra verve and power when they play live. While all of their songs are


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