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	Violent Femmes: Permanent Record: Live and Otherwise [DVD]

The once overlooked band has been getting their share of attention in the past few years. This DVD performance proves why.

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	Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes [DVD]

'The World's Greatest Drummer' shows again how he won the title.

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15 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Gangbé Brass Band: Whendo

Gangbé Brass Band sound like a group of men leading a parade down the road with streamers flying over their heads and the sun shining.

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	Michael Franti and Spearhead: Live in Sydney [DVD]

A big, cathartic house party in which Michael Franti completes his circle.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Tristan & Isolde (2006)

Long-haired, nubile, and eager to please, Tristan seeks a consuming passion, but is fated to fall limp in the arms of a girl who can't make up her mind.

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9 Songs: Unrated Full Uncut Version (2004)

Through sex, specifically the surrender and exposition of self through this oldest human hobby, Michael Winterbottom communicates the beauty and pain of a relationship.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Last Holiday (2006)

As she gains increased clout (maybe her new Hollywood star counts for something), perhaps the Queen can angle for work that's challenging and rewarding for all her subject.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Hostel (2006)

Paxton is suddenly the Last Girl in a movie about cocky boys who become vulnerable beyond their wildest dreams.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Glory Road (2006)

Includes all the usual tricks of the genre, from vintage soundtrack and heart-pounding court action to excellent performances and heartfelt lessons underlined by teary eyes in close-up.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

BloodRayne (2006)

The main special effect is something called the slash and spray -- a sword slice across the torso that causes a fountain-like torrent of arterial goodness.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Time: Before There Was

1968 debut of long-forgotten/never-known semi-experimental rock band finally sees light of day, works better as historical artifact than album.

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Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Chosen by the people, a young quartet with a frontman touched by greatness deliver a sometimes fine, sometimes fantastic, always fun debut with feeling. Pass it on...

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Coloma: Dovetail

This is a persistent record that is both haunting and comforting. It's not for fans of genres and subgenres, but for fans of music. It definitely applies to you.

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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Walk On

Sonny and Brownie are in great form in this live performance. Too bad the record is only half theirs.

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Feel the room swayin', while that ole band keeps on playin' one of Parton's old favorite songs from way back when.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Noches de Hip-Hop

A perfectly serviceable comp if you're just learning about rap en español.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Roll Deep: In at the Deep End

Watered-down grime-for-beginners that fails to capture the spark of Kano's Home Sweet Home, but still with enough radio-ready hits and grime bangers to chalk up another worthy entry in the growing catalogue of essential Brit-hop.

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12 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Bill Hicks: Sane Man [DVD] / Salvation: Oxford—November 11, 1992

November 11, 1992 (Rykodisc) -- More archival releases from one of the greatest U.S. comics and satirists reinforce that, 10 years after his death, Hicks's relevance continues to increase.

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It's a kind of warts-and-all approach that, unlike the magician revealing her secrets, brings the whole thing to life even more.

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12 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Star Wars Marathon

A Descent into Imperial madness.

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