Reviews

19 Mar 2007 // 12:00 AM

Intervention

What do Lindsay Lohan, Rush Limbaugh, Mary Tyler Moore, Steve Howe, Betty Ford, Darryl Strawberry, and Keith Urban have in common? Rehab.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:03 PM

Holy Molar: Cavity Search

Holy Molar shares three members and a spazz-punk-metal aesthetic with the Locust, and its new 10-minute, five-song EP will not shock anyone familiar with the other band.

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Working Stiff by Grant Stoddard

Lurking beneath the details of sploshing and the etiquette of pants-optional bridge is a straightforward memoir about a small-town boy moving to the big city.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Crackdown

If the Grand Theft Auto series is the Godfather of the so-called "sandbox" genre, consider Crackdown to be the Die Hard or the XXX.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

TTC: 36 15 TTC

TTC manage to test cultural boundaries while pushing musical ones.

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The Cinematics: A Strange Education

The Cinematics have a hard task not to be compared to four other Glaswegians. But fear not, this album is a revealing and filler-free look into a band whose music speaks for itself.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Basement: Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs

Finally, a summer record for those of us who prefer autumn.

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18 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Foreign Islands: Restart Now!

This NYC group may not reach dance-punk's messy heights, but they show there are still legs in the genre on this debut EP

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Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha

Time may be a crooked bow, but Andrew Bird is shooting for timelessness.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: Tongues

A snapshot of the duo in their full flower, having mastered each others' languages and moved past any lingering reticence.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:04 PM

Until June: Until June

Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Sparrow House: Falls

Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements

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Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound

Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Holiday (2006)

Even though the nostalgic aspects are mildly graceful, the contemporary characters' every move is still riddled with cliché and schmaltz.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Last Kiss (2006)

This is not a revised look at new-young-adult ideals: it's an age-old crock.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

McHales Navy - Season One

Slapstick, hijinks, one-liners, get rich quick schemes and a miraculous little war where nobody ever dies.

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18 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Smash Palace: Best Of 99-06

This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Ken Loach's Cannes Palme d'Or-winning film uses a familiar narrative form, it does so in a way that leaves the form itself in doubt, heroizing no one, offering no resolution.

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I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

The movie is an erratic, noisy, and anxious paean to masculine desire. In a word, it's all about dick.

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16 Mar 2007 // 3:00 AM

Premonition (2007)

Sandra Bullock's new thriller takes a tedious turn by suggesting the woman in trouble is "crazy".

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