The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

By John Paul

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups. 26 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rah Bras: WHOHM

Rah Bras will eat you alive, digest you, regurgitate you, and then maybe eat you again, like cows, except greener and with alien antennae.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Tanzania

It's an entire music store in a single album. Or something like that.

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

T.I.: King

It's pretty early in 2006 to talk about albums of the year -- but this record says it's time to start.

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Christopher O’Riley: Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute

There's more intensity than obvious variety, and a remarkable unity became manifest when I just started the CD playing and let it play through. Then the whole recital revealed itself as manifestly something massive, and the lack of superficial variety a development of consistency.

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Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos: The Dust of Retreat

With a relatively meteoric rise, chamber-pop band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's are fast becoming one of those mythical indie rock basement-to-penthouse success stories. And it's all so well deserved.

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10 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Empires: Great Religions

The PBS series also chronicles an evolution of thought. Most theological breakthroughs came as responses to tyranny, literal and cultural.

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10 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dave Attell’s Insomniac Tour Presents: Sean Rouse, Greg Giraldo and Dane Cook

Sean Rouse's jokes hit on themes the others will echo: drinking is fun; crystal meth is fun to joke about; masturbation is always on a man's mind; the existence of God is doubtful.

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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Third Season

It might be properly said that Newhart -- in his quiet, insecure manner -- represents something of a shrugging mode of subversion.

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Wolf Creek: Widescreen Unrated Edition (2005)

Greg McLean poses a basic question: 'What would it be like to be struck in this incredibly isolated place with the most evil character you could possibly imagine, who was also distinctly Australian?'"

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10 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

An Unfinished Life (2005)

For his part, Lasse Hallström likes the subtler strokes, as the scene when Redford sits in his truck and is unable to start it.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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