Reviews
Various Artists: Bloodied But Unbowed [DVD]

Bloodied but Unbowed further enhances Bloodshot’s 12-years-and-still-strong reputation as the premier documentarian of the diversity of twang.

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17 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Michael Manson: Just Feelin It

If you think "smooth jazz" is a pejorative, this album seeks to challenge your assumptions.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: LAutre Cap

Maher Shalal Hash Baz make folk on the outer edges, but in doing so have also crafted an incredibly powerful statement about music, participation, and emotion.

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16 Jan 2007 // 11:00 PM

Rome

The lofty political rhetoric disguising base power-grabbing in Rome is all too familiar in a contemporary US context.

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16 Jan 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Lemonheads

Mumbling something about tequila, Evan Dando proceeds to sing “Happy Birthday” to no one in particular. This, you could say, is a bad omen.

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

Cedars: Another Season EP

At a time when “indie rock” is becoming as trite and trite can be, give credit to Washington, DC’s Cedars for thinking on a

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The Music Lovers: The Music Lovers Guide for Young People

The Music Lovers’ majestic chamber pop, at turns impassioned and discrete, is arranged in various guises on the band’s second full-length, The Music Lovers’

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Beat Beat Beat: Living in the Future

Tight punk rock that is the odd time angular, Beat Beat Beat hit the ground running, running, running. Whether it is the pleasing kick arse

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mark Fry: Dreaming With Alice

As if we needed it, here’s more proof that every song by Ben Chasney et al was anticipated by an obscure 1970s folkie. Released

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

2 Bit Pie: 2 Pie Island

2 Pie Island, for the most part, might as well be the next Fluke record, even as it outshines anything Fluke ever did in both variety and scope.

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The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

Some of the more public statements of current Scottish academic critics show signs of having taken in others' washing without noticing that it isn't clean.

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Kristin Hersh: Learn to Sing Like a Star

Fusing old with new to make an improvement on new: when you can do that on your own terms, why would you ever want to sing like a star?

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Wolf: The Black Flame

Dependable, retro metal fun from a band that refuses to believe it's not still 1981.

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Allen Clapp: Something Strange Happens

The DIY musician employs everything from weirdly distorted squeals made by his broken-down recording equipment to scratchy samples of the drum tracks on old records to produce his distinctive sound.

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Glow Worm

Glow Worm is pretty, to be sure, but what good is a puzzle game that never actually puzzles?

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Quinceañera (2005)

Much like a well-meaning but bewildered child stuck in the awkward years between childhood and adolescence, Quinceañera is too unsure of its self to be assertive and, thus, lacks an identity (good or bad).

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: 40 Bands 80 Minutes [DVD]

40 Bands is an introduction to a whole lot of bands that clearly will have a lot to offer when they have more than two minutes to play -- and one guy who can make a sandwich with his feet.

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Denison Witmer: Safe Away / Are You a Sleeper?

Reissue of sensitive Philly songster's 2002 debut full-length, served with an extra disc of sincerity.

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Panic Channel: (ONe)

There are flashes of talent that make it sound as though the Panic Channel very well could amount to something more than a mid-'90s tribute band.

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Various Artists: Five Way Street

At last this key band has been memorialized on a tribute album. For devoted Buffalo Springfield buffs, it's a must-hear.

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