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Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.

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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: So Divided

The band with the awkward name and the killer back-catalogue's looking towards stadiums -- bigger, grander, more melodic.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Movie Hero (2003)

Both eulogy and cautionary tale, The Movie Hero is a glimpse into that unfortunate space where a labor of love curdles into spite.

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Shane Bartell: Too Soon to Say

Bartell defies the singer-songwriter blueprint in many ways, but damned if this album doesn't hit the spot about 12 ways to Sunday nonetheless.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam

To put it bluntly: In those dying days, Ottoman leaders killed most of Turkey's Christians, just as Nazi Germany would kill most of its Jews.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Klaxons: Xan Valleys EP

Let's all bow down to pay homage to NME's latest rave, Klaxons

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Call of Duty 3

"Why would you want to play a war game?" It's a fair question.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

2pac: Pacs Life

Life -- it ain't too funky, unless it's got more Pac.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Legacy (2000)

A humane window into the world of inner-city poverty; one that wisely refrains from blaming the victim by showing the obstacles that face even the most self-motivated inhabitants of the ghetto.

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

The classic studio meetings between Monk (teacher) and Coltrane (student), still tantalizing and uneven.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Nirvana: Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! [DVD]

This DVD captures the revolution started by Kurt Cobain, his two friends, and their four chords.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cul De Sac: ECIM

The arresting 1991 debut from these experimental Boston iconoclasts gets resurrected from out-of-print obscurity, and not a moment too soon.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.

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Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Cant Ride Anything

Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up turn in one of the spikiest, most energised albums of the year.

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7 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

The History Boys (2006)

The History Boys is limited by its play-derived aspects: clever banter, three-act structure, meticulous blocking.

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Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead

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Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

X Isle #1-3

Readers can also have fun with the characters by comparing them to the films they remind you of.

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