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Monday, October 21 2002

Would-Be-Goods: Brief Lives

Would-Be-Goods is essentially the nom de plume of Jessica Griffin, who supplies vocals and guitars on Brief Lives, her musical outlet’s third full-length. Griffin


Tarwater: Dwellers on the Threshold

What is up with the Germans these days? While George W. Bush is going all warrior-god and Don Rumsfeld looks like he’s always humming “


The Stone Roses: self-titled

The Stone Roses is an album where everything was on the money. From the opening rumblings of “I Wanna Be Adored”, it was a declaration of intent from four men who knew they were better than what had gone before them and knew they had created something special.


Rosey: Dirty Child

Let me first admit that I’m not a music snob when it comes to pop music. In fact, I used to scare my indie


Railroad Earth: Bird in the House

Musical categories are a less-than-perfect short cut used by lazy reviewers to describe a band and it’s music. In a short review, I would


Rubyhorse: Rise

Back in mid-August, 2000, a neat little MP3 file started making the rounds on the net that featured an unknown Boston band who had managed to


Of Montreal: Aldhills Arboretum

Until now Of Montreal’s universe kept getting bigger from album to album. While they started on their 1997 debut Cherry Peel as a one-person band,


Von Freeman: The Improvisor

It’s become one of the truisms of jazz that Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman is under-recorded. Some would also say underrated, but only in


Dave’s True Story: Dave’s True Story - The 2002 Version

Sometimes success comes full-circle, and no matter how much you achieve over time, you wind up back where you started. For Dave’s True Story,


Carrie Akre: Invitation

Singer-songwriter Carrie Akre spent the early years of her career as frontwoman for such Seattle alternative acts as Hammerbox and Goodness, and more recently with


Friday, October 18 2002

The Road to Wellville (1994)

Contrary to Kellogg's message, self-denial is ultimately the disease, not the cure.


The Ring (2002)

Gore Verbinski's The Ring is relentlessly disquieting and incoherent, and sometimes trite in ways it doesn't need to be.


Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.


Quitting (2001)

Perverse as that sounds, the opportunity really is an actor's dream: role-of-a-lifetime gig and therapeutic session in one fell swoop.


Heaven (2002)

Heaven begins with assorted ascents. Written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski (with Krzysztof Piesiewicz), and intended as part of a trilogy (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory), it explores accident and fate, guilt and grief, time and truth.


Formula 51 (2001)

In Ronny Yu's mostly formulaic Formula 51, Samuel L. Jackson plays Elmo McElroy, a chemical whiz busted for smoking reefer.


Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

It's ironic and wholly predictable that Keyhoe's protest against government and military censorship was, in fact, censored in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.


The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"


Abandon (2002)

Cynical and beautiful. No wonder the boys can't resist her.


Thursday, October 17 2002

Waco Brothers: New Deal

The Waco Brothers are almost impossible to resist. Their rambling, shambling honky-tonk rock ‘n’ roll is so unapologetically derivative and at the same time so


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