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Eleni Mandell: Miracle of Five

The best moments on Miracle of Five are these: where Mandell’s incisive wit wins out over convention.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Vesta: Distant Lover

Vesta’s got the skills for sure, but next time I’d love to hear those skills put to use on original material.

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Cezanne: Breaking Bats for Jesus

Cezanne's John Daugherity took the DIY ethic to the max with his latest release.

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Grosse Pointe - The Complete Series

Grosse Pointe was fun, but one can grown a bit tired of the standard teen fair.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Nurse & Soldier: Marginalia

Oneida side-project apes indie-pop husband-wife duos, rips your heart with lyrics, and manages to leave surprisingly unscathed. Point, home-team.

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Beneath the Sky: What Demons Do To Saints

Beneath the Sky's first effort isn't quite there yet.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Quiet (2005)

If it sounds insensitive to complain that an incest-ridden thriller isn't proper fun, you probably haven't tried to sit through this movie.

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Vieux Farka Touré: Vieux Farka Touré

The son of the late Ali Farka Touré carries forth the sound of his father's Malian desert blues on this remarkably assured debut.

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The Bad Hand: This Is No Time for Modesty

A much admired set of mostly sonata-form punk, plus phone-tap, plus a respectable track of fiddle/guitar. Issued on white vinyl!

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Lost: Season Three: Return from Hiatus

After watching Lost's grand return on 7 February, I feel like I'm the one who's been tricked by Sawyer's Star Wars con.

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Ed Pettersen: The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen

Don't call your album "The New Punk Blues" if you don't mean it -- this is alt.country.folk all the way.

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Dead Voices on Air: From Labrador to Madagascar

Though discordance and dread are Dead Voices on Air trademarks, the best moments on From Labrador to Madagascar are the pretty ones.

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Can Joann: Hurt People Hurt People

An album of cool grooves partly created and recorded in a 19th century North Carolina farmhouse.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Angra: Aurora Consurgens

If there’s one place that continues to have an insatiable hunger for ‘80s metal 20 years after the fact, it’s Brazil, something we can

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Userlands by Dennis Cooper (Editor)

Pain can take the shape of alienation or substance abuse, but most often it is in the form of eroticized physical violence.

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Charles Tolliver Big Band: With Love

A modern big band comes out punching.

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Gym Class Heroes: As Cruel As School Children

MTV loves these guys, and why not? They're quirky, energetic, and offer an easy-to-swallow version of alternative hip-hop for the kids of today.

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Various Artists: 8-Bit Operators

An entire generation weaned on Nintendo and the Commodore 64 is coming into its own right now... and building symphony halls of its nostalgia.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Anything But Love - Season 1

Anything but Love DVD release reveals a first-rate sitcom.

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11 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lucinda Williams: West

In her search for something "mature yet hip", Williams seems to have forgotten that there's nothing more mature, more hip, or indeed more totally happening than the magic that occurs when she plays country. Pedal steel guitar and all.

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