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Norfolk & Western: The Unsung Colony

Two elaborately crafted folk-rock albums in one year? HA! I'll review this one in 2007!

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eminem: Eminem Presents the Re-Up

The Re-Up is a mix of vintage Eminem production and lyric spitting combined with his only real weakness: the tendency to regress and play down to his crew of less talented jokesters.

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Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Comic books are ultimately a fusion of literary and visual mediums; what makes them wonderful is the way they can combine the playfulness and elasticity of language with the stark simplicity of imagery to create something that's more than the sum of those parts.

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The Who: The Who: Whos next [DVD]

Classic Albums: Who’s Next will whet your appetite for more from this productive period of the Who’s career, and make you return to Who’s Next with the utmost attentiveness.

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The Who: The Who: Who’s Next [DVD]

The DVD falls far short in providing sufficient insights and accurate historical perspective into the album's legacy and ongoing artistic and commercial appeal.

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Private (2004)

This film, at its heart, asks the question of how a fundamentally intolerable situation is to be tolerated.

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Mark Mallman: Between the Devil and the Middle C

If this were 1970, Mark Mallman would have his own plane, a stack of gold records and an endless supply of groupies. This late in the day, his glam rock, hard-soul anthems cut very close to parody.

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As Tall as Lions: As Tall as Lions

With soaring melodies, lush arrangements and great songs, the self-titled album by As Tall as Lions should make the band the pride of the independent music scene.

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Saborit: Que Linda Es Mi Cuba

This tres guitar has the sharpest metallic jangle you can imagine, and the claves knock like knuckles on a hollow door.

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1 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Fernandez-Armesto's lively mind, pithy phrasing, and stunningly thorough and diverse knowledge are a constant pleasure.

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22 Dec 2006 // 10:00 AM

Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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22 Dec 2006 // 3:20 AM

We Are Marshall (2006)

The film manages a complex range of feelings with a series of hackneyed characters, plot turns, and montages. Lots of montages.

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22 Dec 2006 // 3:20 AM

The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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22 Dec 2006 // 12:00 AM

Modest Mouse: 17 November 2006 - New York

What happens when people who love bad news get it?

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:04 PM

The Aquarium: The Aquarium

All told, these 11 instrumental and vocal cuts form the type of innovative album that restores your faith in independent music.

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Giant Squid: Metridium Fields

Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.

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Caroline Vinciguerra: Bored and Gorgeous

Before picking up a guitar last year and heading into Blacklodge Studios, Caroline Vinciguerra was a down-on-her-luck actress whose on-screen highlight came in 1993 when she

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Wednesday 13: Fang Bang

Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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The Music Machine: The Ultimate Turn On

This two-disc re-reissue of the Music Machine's groundbreaking debut proves the band was as innovative as any in the 1960s.

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21 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Nas: Hip Hop Is Dead

In a fall where many stumbled and even Jay-Z slipped up, Nas is back with a record for history.

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