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31 Jan 2007 // 8:01 PM

Aiden: Rain In Hell

AFI’s downward slide into irrelevance with their latest album Decemberunderground has thankfully not been equalled by imitators Aiden, who follow up last year’s

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Mayday Parade: Tales Told by Dead Friends

The combination of two Florida area bands makes up Mayday Parade, and this six-song EP is ringing with earnest melodies and Emo 101 trademarks judging by “

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31 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

The Dresden Files

Picture Paul Blackthorne with a broken razor and an almost convincing American accent, playing an alternative Harry Potter, all grown up, cynical as hell, but cursed with a heart of gold.

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Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Depression, isolation, infidelity, violence; Of Montreal once more in top form.

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Exploding Star Orchestra: We Are All from Somewhere Else

Let's face it, they might as well have gone ahead and called this 'What's Hip in Chicago?'

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Penn & Teller - Bullsh*t: Three Season Pack

The show's debunking premise ensures that the argument's conclusion has been determined before the reporting is completed.

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31 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Covering by Kenji Yoshino

"Covering" is the demand "to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream." As Yoshino puts it, we are at a transitional moment in how Americans discriminate.

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Sonny Rollins: Tenor Madness

This pitch-perfect remaster from the original engineer is front-loaded with one of the most significant meetings in musical history, and doesn't disappoint on the back-end despite the strong start.

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31 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

This film hovers somewhere between sappy romantic comedy and action movie, falling back on lazy gender-reversal jokes and super hero tropes.

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Marina Rossell: Vistas al Mar

It's as if the singer's emotions have been locked inside a box, and she has to speak pleasantly, otherwise the guards will never give them back to her.

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The Asteroid No. 4: An Amazing Dream

Fourth full-length from the Philadelphia psych-pop group offers more of the same, just refined.

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31 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Melrose Place - The Complete First Season

To jump or not to jump? For these shows, that is the question.

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Thug Stories

The thuggish ruggish hip-hoppers from Cleveland, Ohio kick game about life, ladies, and lyrics.

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31 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Seafood: Paper Crown King

British indie rock survivors deliver pleasant but uninspiring fourth album.

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The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show

The first episode's Naked Trucker seemed strangely passive-aggressive for a man with an acoustic guitar hiding his dangly parts.

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Shawn Lees Ping Pong Orchestra: Voices and Choices

These are songs crying out for indie films that don't necessarily take themselves too seriously, ones that, preferably, contain an action sequence or two; perhaps a car chase, or a well-dressed man flying an ornithopter to freedom.

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Murder City by Michael Lesy

Chicago was a city that appeared to outright celebrate murder.

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30 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Various Artists: 7’ Up!

Intrigued by "Rip It Up and Start Again"? Here's some obscure post-punk to whet your appetite.

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30 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Lazy, hazy recollections of the '60s hold little insight.

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30 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Andrew Bird

Violin plucker and inspired indie songster Andrew Bird previews tunes from his upcoming Armchair Apocrypha LP.

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