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Sunday, January 12 2003

Franklin Bruno: A Cat May Look at a Queen

Before listening to Franklin Bruno’s new CD, throw on your bathing suit, grab a glass of lemonade with a little umbrella sticking out, and

Bukkene Bruse: The Loveliest Rose

The Loveliest Rose is an album of Christmas music from Norway; but don’t expect “Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly” or even “Good

Biffy Clyro: Blackened Sky

Biffy Clyro started out as a teenaged group in the mid-‘90s in a small village in Scotland. Influenced by Nirvana and Guns ‘N Roses

Friday, January 10 2003

Interview With the Assassin (2002)

When the movie does work, it's more often than not because of Raymond J. Berry's understated rendering of the assassin as a simple, humorless man.

Thursday, January 9 2003

The Shimmer Kids UnderPop Association: The Natural Riot

It could have been great. It had all the right ideas, right motivations. The key ingredients. A psychedelic underground pop band, straight from the streets

The Shazam: Tomorrow the World

This is very good news indeed. Just when doubts were brewing about whether The Shazam could return to the kind of form displayed on their

Rhett Miller: The Instigator

For nearly 10 years, Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s have defied simple categorization. Alt-country? Sure, in that they don’t play the typical gag

Diana Krall: Live in Paris

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Al Jarreau: All I Got

Al Jarreau was going to be as important as Curtis, Marvin, or Stevie. At least that was the way he was talked about briefly in 1975

Hot Water Music: Caution

As musical genres go, few are more limiting than hardcore punk rock. After all, there’s only so much that you can do with three

FC Kahuna: Machine Says Yes

Here it is, people—a dance album without clichés, and a group that refuses to do what they’re “supposed” to do (crank out

Miles Davis: The Miles Davis Story [DVD]

During the introduction to this DVD biography of Miles Davis released by Sony Music Miles’ onetime mentor, trumpeter Clark Terry, points out that the tension

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Cruel Smile

Elvis Costello is one of those artists that people love. Not just listen to and like, not just appreciate and admire, but actually wholly love,

Common: Electric Circus

So here’s the burden—you’ve been heralded as this generation’s Celebrity Gramscian. You know, the kind of brotha given to counter hegemonic

Talk to Her (2002)

Its frank observations of love in excess of gender (or even sex) and its postmodern, eclectic style are distinctly reflective of our own present.

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

Narc (2002)

Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.

Love Liza (2002)

Love Liza wallows in grief and asks its audience to do likewise.

Just Married (2003)

Some movies don't need to be made.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) - PopMatters Film Review )

Lotte Reiniger used film to... investigate the connections between past and present traditions.

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