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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Veteran bassist Steve Swallow fuses poetry to jazz and a string quartet, to mixed results.

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Lovedrug: Everything Starts Where It Ends

This album won’t change your life, but for simply being a rock album, it’s a surprising joy.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Ampop: Sail to the Moon

Iceland's hot new trio bring soothing orchestral numbers and cool indie tracks with the release of their fourth LP.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Hauschka: Room to Expand

For Hauschka, the pleasures of piano preparation seem to lie in subtle timbral manipulations and accents.

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Canned Heat: Live At Montreux 1973 and Boogie With Canned Heat: The Canned Heat Story [DVD]

As you might expect, the story of the greatest boogie-band of all time is riddled with tragedy, regret and sorrow. But it also contains its own antidote in the form of mind-blowing live footage that reminds just how hard they rocked.

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Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion [DVD]

Zach Galifianakis's comedy is bizarrely literate.

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5 Mar 2007 // 8:58 PM

Bloody Ties (2006)

In some ways, I guess, this film’s lack of depth is deliberate, and that is, in some ways, refreshing.

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5 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

Mafioso (1962)

First released in 1962, this dark comedy is brilliantly odd, combining neorealist and broadly modernist aesthetics, its black and white compositions so ahead of their time that they still look more inventive than today's films, some 40 years later.

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4 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Decasia Live

Unthinking indulgence is the easiest way to sink avant-garde art, but does that mean violently decayed films of long-gone camel crossings are automatically overwrought?

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Stephen Kings The Dark Tower #1

The Gunslinger has established himself as one of the most fascinating and compelling characters in modern fiction, yet much of his past is still a mystery.

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4 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Air: Pocket Symphony

Fourth full-length from the French duo of Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin maintains a modernist style while seriously decreasing the stakes.

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My Teenage Stride: Ears Like Golden Bats

A soft jangle of guitars, a hazy, New Zealand production sheen, the gently melancholy yet sort of humorous lyrics had me thinking I'd stumbled onto some lost Flying Nun outtake.

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The Lazy Boys by Carl Shuker

By the bottom of the page, he's pissed in another sense, too, as his anger and embarrassment about the accident in the toilet lead him to lash out at a woman.

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Various Artists: Party-Keller Vol. 2

German rare groove DJ Florian Keller picks refreshments of soul, funk, and disco by contemporary producers.

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The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1 (1947)

Anger can be seen not only as the godfather of queer cinema, but also of indie cinema: his budgets were virtually non-existent, and the production values might have been low; but the finished products were always regarded as works of art.

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Oscar Peterson: Perfect Peterson

Calling any collection of music perfect is a little presumptuous. But while no musician is perfect, Oscar Peterson comes mighty close to flawless.

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4 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lang Lang: Dragon Songs

The latest Lang Lang disc is a window onto an unfamiliar world of music, and a document of a pianist beginning to find his mature musical voice.

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Albert Hammond, Jr.: Yours to Keep

A sweet, disposable confection from the Strokes' lead rhythm guitarist.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Calling

While there are several songs here full of hope, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s latest work is led by tracks that are honest, dark, and turbulent.

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Love of Diagrams: Love of Diagrams

Once Love of Diagrams manage to unhinge their voices while keeping a lock down on the groove, their impact will be unnervingly devastating.

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