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22 Mar 2007 // 11:04 PM

Goldrush: The Heart Is the Place

Britain's Goldrush newest release unveils inspiring orchestrations and a whole lot of talent.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:01 PM

The Black Watch: Tatterdemalion

If not for lack of quality, then simple lack of interest in the style.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville offers his first crime novel.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

In Memoriam: James Brown

It’s a mistake to compare James Brown (or anyone else, for that matter) as a showman at 70 to what he was like at 40, 30, and 25. But, until the last, Soul Brother #1 still brought the funk.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Lordi: The Arockalypse

Europe's biggest success story of 2006 has set its sights on the unsuspecting North American audience. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Sam & Max: Season 1, Episodes 1-3

Sam & Max work best when mirroring the comedic mood and tone of the story being told with the conflicts that an adventurer seeks to resolve.

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The Fratellis: Costello Music

This indie rock debut crackles from top to bottom with nervous energy, confident songwriting, and hopeless confusion over girls, girls, girls.

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Comsat Angels: My Minds Eye

Why didn't Comsat Angels, critically-adored post-punks, "make it"? Maybe because they tried to. Here, a second set of deluxe reissues includes a rarities compilation, plus the 1990s output that earned them back their cred.

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Moussu T e Lei Jovents: Forever Polida

No translation or travel guide is required to enjoy reggae/folk/rock troubadours Moussu T e Lei Jovents second release, Forever Polida, a multi-layered musical tribute to the city of Marseille.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Holiday (1938)

Boasting a script packed full of acerbic gems, Holiday also has a tremendous visual energy.

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Emilie Simon: The Flower Book

Compiled from her first three albums, Emilie Simon's The Flower Book is an excellent introduction to the US marketplace.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Miguel Migs: Those Things

Miguel Migs has produced the first great electronica album of 2007, filled with consistently interesting music, yet firmly rooted on the dancefloor.

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Praying for Gil Hodges by Thomas Oliphant

In his tender memoir, Praying for Gil Hodges, Thomas Oliphant shows that the most powerful baseball stories don't always make national headlines.

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Saturday Night Live: Best of Steve Martin

Saturday Night Live had a lot of years where it simply wasn't funny, but the promise of Steve Martin hosting the show was always enough to ignite a flicker of hope.

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Big Audio Dynamite: Big Audio Dynamite Live: E=Mc2 [DVD]

Although not exactly bad to the bone -- the way The Clash was -- Big Audio Dynamite was still a pretty darn good after-Clash gig for vocalist/guitarist Mick Jones.

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22 Mar 2007 // 10:03 PM

Todd Carey: Watching Waiting

Carey’s pop rock comes off as being telegraphed a la Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz.

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Blake Miller: Together With Cats

Although the press release wants you to believe that Blake Miller falls in line with Devendra Banhart and Grizzly Bear, you’d be hard pressed not to find someone like Ralph Stanley deep in the mix.

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22 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Phil Angotti: East Side Soul

At times Phil Angotti can be a great power pop artist, but for the opening number on his new album he channels Bob Dylan for “East Side Soul #27”.

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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Behind the Mask's parody is geared for viewers familiar with TV forensics lessons as well as torture.

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22 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Rough Guide to Westerns by Paul Simpson

Every time you think the western has bitten the dust at last, a new one scores an unexpected hit.

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