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Kahil ElZabars Ritual Trio Featuring Billy Bang: Big M

Just how deep do you want to go?

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IV Thieves: If We Cant Escape My Pretty

Isn't it a little late for bands to start aping Oasis?

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Dona Dumitru Siminică: Sounds From a Bygone Age Vol. 3

He sounds like a mature 30- or 40-something alto woman armed with the mournful fatalism of a second Coleridge contemplating the albatross.

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Chico Hamilton: Juniflip/ Believe/ 6th Avenue Romp/ Heritage

Force of music slightly disguises this set's 85th Birthday element. It's not about how long Chico Hamilton's been here, but what he does and why he's here!

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16 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Osvaldo Golijov: Ainadamar

In the early 21st century, an era driven by forces of globalization, a composer who stands ready to make a similarly significant cultural contribution is Osvaldo Golijov.

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Verbal Kent: Move With the Walls

In the rap world, a brush with death can be the necessary fodder to turn heads, as the chart-dazzled 50 Cent and Cam’Ron have discovered

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15 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Lily Frost: Ciné-Magique

The fourth album from Canadian alt-pop singer-songwriter Lily Frost is an addictive delight.

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15 Nov 2006 // 8:41 PM

Wondrous Oblivion (2006)

Before David can learn cricket, he must confront racism against his neighbors, a life lesson complicated by his own Jewish descent.

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Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday

Another insufficiently bargain-priced, too short selection from Billie Holiday's happiest years.

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15 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

The You: For the Masses

The You is rough around the edges and stylistically all over the place, but Josh Verbanets' debut points to a bright future.

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Nights of the Living Dead Part 2: The Rhythm Devils

Like great jazz players, rock musicians with an improvisational background age like fine wine.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

South Park - The Hits, Vol. 1: Matt and Treys Top Ten

For the casual fan or curious neophyte seeking to own only the most talked-about or controversial episodes of the last few years, this might be a good buy, but for everyone else, it's a disappointment.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Johnny Cash: At San Quentin

Johnny Cash had visited many penal institutions throughout his life -- sometimes as a guest, other times, an occupant. Turned out that his visit to San Quentin yielded one of the greatest country albums ever made.

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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

You might argue with her judgments, as I did with her criticism of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, but you can't help but sense that hers is the more grounded point of view.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Luomo: Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers may not be the revelation that Vocalcity was, but its quiet, complex experiments show an artist extremely serious about his work

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Daniel Santiago: On the Way

This 27-year-old Brazilian guitarist has chops to spare and some very talented friends; if it wasn’t only 35 minutes long, one could well describe On

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

A Heart in Winter (1993)

Neglected for too long by North American audiences, Un Coeur en Hiver is a subtle, intelligent, and provocative piece of cinema that should not be overlooked.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

My Latest Novel: Wolves

Strings are the thing these days, and here's yet another literate collective ready to grab your heart with a disc of symphonic pop.

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The Black Neon: Arts & Crafts

A diverse set of pop-goes-mechanical tunes point to deep nostalgia for motorik grooves of 1970s Germany.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Matches: Decomposer

Second album for Bay Area pop-punk band the Matches favours pastiche over memorable tunes

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