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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rob Crow: Living Well

Go home. Kiss wife. Spend time with kid. Record full-blown confessional indie-rock LP. Sleep.

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Wanda Sykes - Sick and Tired (2006)

Sick & Tired serves laughter like Sykes prefers her drinking: straight no chaser kissing the rim of a bottomless glass.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Finches: Human Like a House

As restricted as it is by genre, this small-scale release offers some charming moments

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Third World Love: Sketch of Tel Aviv

Starts brilliantly, ends brilliantly... major jazz talents sandwiching lighter-weight excitement.

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Brandon Pfeiffer: Nothing Short of Now

Mixing equal parts of rock and Americana, Brandon Pfeiffer’s six-song effort is pretty good. Falling somewhere along the lines of an indie rock version

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Lily Allen: Alright, Still

The UK's most famous MySpace member puts out her much-ballyhooed debut. Big Time, meet Lily. Lily, meet the Big Time.

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Breaking and Entering (2006)

While Breaking and Entering leans heavily on its metaphors (see especially, the titular allusions), it doesn't make any of its roiling notions compelling.

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28 Jan 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mission of Burma + Oneida

When people ask me who my favorite band is, I usually say Oneida, except for when I say Mission of Burma...

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The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow: The House of Apples and Eyeballs

The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow don’t immediately seem like natural collaborators.  The former deal in thick, catchy post-rock instrumentals propelled

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The Television Personalities: My Dark Places Remixes

Dan Treacy and his Television Personalities made a welcome comeback in 2006 with My Dark Places, but how many people, really, have been waiting with bated

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Sven Väth: In the Mix: The Sound of the Seventh Season

Another entry in Sven Vath's long-running In the Mix series

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Birch Book: Fortune & Folly

When I was in junior high I remember flipping through my older sister’s high school yearbooks (especially at the seniors), every town’s stereotypical

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Bettie Serveert: Bare Stripped Naked

Dyk's pleasant vocals shine in this CD/DVD package.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Illusionist (2006)

This charming film occupies a place somewhere between Merchant Ivory and M. Night Shyamalan.

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Shelby Lynne: The Definitive Collection

Lynne may have blown up too late to catch fame in the Great Female Singer-Songwriter boom of the mid-'90s, but her music is more adventurous than either Sheryl, Alanis or Fiona.

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Damon Albarn's new project crackles with life and melody throughout. It might be as grubby and mysterious as the London it evokes, but it's also as animated and vibrant as the streets around Portobello Market it comes from.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Jesus Camp (2006)

Jesus Camp examines extremes of evangelical Christian culture.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Book of Dave by Will Self

Divinity has become "Davinity," souls are "fares," and people greet each other with the salutation "Ware2, guv?"

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer

Who needs another book on Hitler? Even one by Norman Mailer?

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Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 is less a sports game and more a complicated relationship simulator.

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