Reviews
	Various Artists: Bargrooves Manhattan

The 12th entry in the prog house series for sophisticated ex-clubgoers is smooth, soulful, and a tad bland.

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Richard Thompson: Front Parlour Ballads

No popcorn or peanuts, just a crackerjack album of mostly solo acoustic tunes about people behaving badly.

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	Master P: Greatest Hits - Remix Classics

I like to think of P in the same vein as Ed Wood -- if Ed Wood had been able to trick a major studio into bankrolling and distributing Plan 9 From Outer Space.

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	Baaba Maal: Baaba Maal: Senegal [DVD and CD]

Baaba Maal: Senegal is a trip to another world with Baaba leading the way through music, dance, and spirituality.

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	Rickie Lee Jones: The Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology

One of the most idiosyncratic and powerful voices in pop sums it all up.

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	Jerry Garcia: The Jerry Garcia Collection Vol.1: Legion of Mary

The fickle line that divides 'Essential Document' from 'Opportunistic Filler Release' is only a shade lighter than that which separates 'True Fan' from 'Layman'. Or in this case, Deadhead from dilettante.

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	Grupo Exterminador: El Hijo de México

Loving the Exterminador.

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13 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Eames Era: Double Dutch

It's a shame kids aren't having as much sex as they used to (i.e. stop listening to music).

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	Danger Doom: The Mouse and the Mask

It will undoubtedly keep the heads of Halo 2 tournament participants bobbing with satisfaction for months to come.

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	Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene

Highly anticipated follow-up to Canadian collective's breakthrough album is an overblown, underdeveloped mess in need of new ideas.

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13 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bob Mould Band

It's food for thought: how many people would Bob Mould pack in if he re-formed Hüsker Dü (something he has expressed no desire to do)?

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13 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Dungen

These Swedes turn the clock back to a time when having a beard wasn't ironic and dropping a sheet of acid was considered polite...

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13 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Without a Trace

The agents are often too late to save the missing or realize that the missing is alive but better off wherever he or she has landed than back at home.

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Once and Again: The Complete Second Season

Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.

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	Zucchero: Zucchero & Co.

One double tall skinny Italian pop star, no whip, with room.

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12 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Anoushka Shankar: Rise

Gone are the strict raga compositions, tweaked ever-so-slightly; these are songs that use raga bases, and they are filled with as many hooks as drones.

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	Spin Doctors: Nice Talking to Me

The first album from the original Spin Doctors in more than a decade is so cool it should come with it's own winter coat-ah.

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	Sonny Rollins: Without a Song

The Tenor Titan presents a live program of typical strength but also typical... typicalness?"

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	Metallica: The History of Metallica: Out of the Loop [DVD]

Everything about this DVD reeks of crass exploitation at its worst.

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	Minus Story: No Rest For Ghosts

Lawrence, Kansas locals make good on the promise of their last EP. Really good.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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