Reviews
Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy by Moisés Na

The book offers several cases where economic necessity has blurred the line between legal and illegal activity in many parts of the world.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues

Slip sliding away... A look back at bottleneck blues' power and passion.

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1 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Venetian Snares: Meathole

Far from being a wall of impenetrable noise, Meathole is an intricate, aggressive and sometimes harrowing journey into the heart of distortion and distorted soul.

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	Mark O’Connor & Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Double Violin Concerto

The bluegrass fiddler turned Americana-Classical composer tackles jazz in his third symphonic concerto.

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1 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lawless Element: Soundvision: In Stereo

What's that you say, the golden age of hip-hop is over? Maybe, but Detroit's Lawless Element revives it with middling success.

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	Harvey Danger: Little by Little

The band that gave us a ubiquitous late '90s hit (which we shall not name) returns with a piano heavy album of clever, literate pop songs.

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	The Double: Loose in the Air

Balancing destruction with delight, The Double delve deeper into accessibly experimental rock.

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	Vashti Bunyan: Lookaftering

Bunyan emerges from a 35-year musical absence and cracks the 'sophomore slump' straight in the jaw with an updated sound and a brilliant collection of songs.

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	Aerosmith: Rockin’ the Joint

Suspicion abounds as to why Aerosmith would release a live album off a tour from three years ago. Yeah, I'm stumped too.

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1 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Nada Surf  + Shivaree + Koester

Nada Surf hit the hometown crowd to celebrate the release of their new record. Of course, this is a big town to call home...

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The Amazing Race - The Complete First Season

The Amazing Race sets its participants a wide range of daunting and occasionally hilarious challenges. It's a kibbitzer's dream.

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Secrets of the Widow’s Son: The Mysteries Surrounding the Sequel to The Da Vinci Code by David A. Sh

This is hardly hard-nosed scientific non-fiction. And Shugarts's first person narrative style can be unbalancing for readers after just that.

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1 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Saw II (2005)

'Overkill' doesn't begin to describe it.

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	Young Jeezy: Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Guess Who's Bizzack! Young Jeezy blazed the mix tape scene. His Def Jam debut proves Jay-Z knows how to treat his 'new bitch, corporate America'.

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	Thunders, Kane & Nolan: You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory [DVD]

It is a don't-miss DVD for fans of the Dolls or the Heartbreakers.

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	Otis Taylor: Below the Fold

Taylor dazzles with a new album that makes feeling blue something very special.

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	The Remote Viewer: Let Your Heart Draw a Line

You know that attic full of your childhood toys and dreams? This is the music of the spheres hidden in its dozing dust motes. Shine a light, and listen.

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	Rogue Wave: Descended Like Vultures

You won't have to memorize this one if you just keep it handy.

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	Arturo O’Farrill: Live in Brooklyn

With an avuncular Cuban bassist, the Lincoln Center Latin band's leader gets back on piano to the mainland jazz of his youth, and with a bright young drummer in control, he's spontaneous.

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	The Happy Bullets: The Vice and Virtue Ministry

The Happy Bullets' new album shares its name with the Afghani governing body that was in charge of keeping cassette tapes and short skirts out of its country during the Taliban's rule. The adage, 'You can't judge a book by its title related to extremist Islamic groups,' rings true.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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