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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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 PM

Andrew Bird

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

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Best of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Show

Country barn dance meets Southern California cosmopolitanism on the NBC variety show starring Barbara Mandrell and her two younger sisters.

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John Mellencamp: Freedoms Road

After wasting a decade and a half trying to remain popular, John Mellencamp finally figures out he's much better remaining populist.

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Terry Manning: Home Sweet Home

Legendary producer and Box Tops/Big Star engineer Terry Manning recorded one song on this long out-of-print, exuberant psyche-rock-blues-pop CD as a joke... but Stax VP Al Bell didn't think it was funny, asking when the rest of the record was coming.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Night Train (1959)

This movie is rather damp, as if it had been soaked in ennui and not wrung out.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Zera Vaughan: Back to the Roots

Is there anything in the world less inspiriting than New Age electro-pop smoothed over with backwash fuzz and lyrics about feelin’ how you wanna feel?

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Al Green: The Definitive Greatest Hits

If your Al Green collection is bare, let The Definitive Greatest Hits be the perfect excuse for you to correct that issue.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Naruto: Ninja Council 2

Ninja Council 2 is very much an advertisement for the Naruto license first and a game as an afterthought.

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