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Sunday, March 2 2003

Spock’s Beard: Snow

Progressive rock flourished in a big way during its heyday in the ‘70s. Then, artists such as the early Genesis, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer

Spiv: Don’tcha Know

It has never been uncommon in popular music that an artist may choose to change from their uncool, unhip given name to one that is

Matthew Shipp: Equilibrium

This new record from pianist Matthew Shipp carries a pretty heavy burden. First of all, it’s by Matthew Shipp. His name is pretty much

Toby Keith: Unleashed

Toby Keith has released an album almost year every for the past decade. With a work ethic like that, you gotta wonder just when the

Gore Gore Girls: Up All Night

“Rock is back” declared magazine articles and websites around the world in 2002. The response that it never really left is only partially correct. The airwaves

Guttermouth: Gusto

Loud, rude and full of the silliest rhymes this side of a Sir Mix-A-Lot tape, Guttermouth’s latest, Gusto is 14 ridiculously charming songs about love,

Kim Fox: Return to Planet Earth

What do you get when you combine the mature and intelligent lyrics of an early ‘70s singer/songwriter, the sound of orchestral pop, modern dance

John Doe: Dim Stars, Bright Sky

John Doe is on a mission, albeit an undefined one. He tells us as much in “Magic”, a song that comes two thirds of the

Bettie Serveert: Log 22

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 11 years since Dutch rockers Bettie Serveert charmed their way into the heads of North American indie

Friday, February 28 2003

Good Times: First Season

In effect, J.J. became the comic relief from which there was no relief.

Tommy (1975)

The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.

Spider (2002)

It's creepy inside Spider's head.

Old School (2003)

Peddling the same jokes and ideas as countless other undistinguished 'Animal House' wannabes, 'Old School' is too dutiful for its own good.

Not of This World (Fuori dal mondo) (1999)

Giuseppe Piccioni is no cynic (or he pretends not to be), but he does have a healthy respect for the many ways in which people fail to come together.

Lawless Heart (2001)

Like the emotions it examines, 'Lawless Heart' is full of conflict and confusion.

Kedma (2002)

The many storytelling scenes show the limitations of words to reflect the refugees' horror and sorrow.

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

For all the violence, Heavy Metal 2000's sexual iconography remains its major attraction, and that is mostly because it is everywhere.

Gods and Generals (2002)

Avoids examining the underlying cause of the Civil War -- the South's terror of abolition -- and instead remembers the Confederacy as a noble army defending its 'homeland'.

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Deemed 'The Next Tom Cruise' by 'GQ' magazine, the prolific, asthmatic, and charismatic Dark Man X continues to power his way into the movies.

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

It is about kids played by adults, a comedy, a tragedy, a buddy movie, a heist picture, a romance, an exercise in style, and a paean to B-movies and American gangster films.

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