Reviews

21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Beck

Beck and his band are upstaged by stylized facsimiles of themselves, but, puppets aside, other parts of the show also divert attention from its star. Is the great "Loser" getting tired of himself?

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Isobel Campbell: Milkwhite Sheets

Think earth, sky, wind, water, but don't forget the human component. The music may be dreamy, but it's always passionate.

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Massiv in Mensch: Clubber Lang

Clubber Lang is the closest Massiv in Mensch has ever come to a pop masterpiece, but don't count on crossover success for the German electronic duo.

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Swollen Members: Black Magic

For a band whose name should imply otherwise, Swollen Members' latest album is oddly flaccid.

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Seinfeld - Season 7

Season 7 of Seinfeld ties every extraneous idea to the rest, and weaves a tapestry of empty detail. The result: something fabulous made of nothing.

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They Filmed the War in Color: The Pacific War (2005)

This films lifts the veil from the gray representation of the past that we've come to expect, and the colors bursting off the screen make the familiar both strange and wonderful.

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21 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Electrelane: Singles, B Sides and Live

Not only an opportunity for fans to get their mitts on hard-to-find material, but a damn fine 'Beginner's Guide to Electrelane' in the bargain.

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21 Nov 2006 // 5:19 PM

Déjà Vu (2006)

The movie's leap from contemporary coppish thriller into science fiction is initially jarring.

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Third Wheel: On Account of the Atmosphere

Chicago’s Third Wheel was founded by two life-long friends, Jeremy Babcock and Shawn Schlag, who’ve been performing under that moniker for over a

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Inca Ore: The Birds in the Bushes

Inca Ore and Lemon Bear get together and put on a clinic in difficult listening.

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20 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

El Michels Affair: The PJs

Chef Raekwon gets the live treatment.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Matthew Herbert: 100 lbs

Matthew Herbert's re-issued 1996 debut is interesting from a historical point of view, but it's the bonus disc on this K7 release that's the major payoff

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For Your Consideration (2006)

Despite its comparatively strong plot and sharp satire, For Your Consideration seems less substantial than Guest's other films.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Happy Feet (2006)

The penguins learn to refine their engrained vocal skills not in the interest of spiritual uplift or any such, but, basically, to get laid.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis

Jarvis is a deliciously dark, funny and acidic record that stands up to anything from Pulp's heyday. It's good to have him back.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Static by Amy Goodman and David Goodman

Most people couldn't describe to you the practical mechanics of the stem cell controversy and more than they could tell you about the horrors of detainment and secret CIA prisons.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Nanci Griffith: Rubys Torch

The Texas folkie with strings, completing her transformation into something studied and stodgy.

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The Figgs: Follow Jean to the Sea

Ten CDs and two decades into their cultish career, the Figgs parlay power chords, surging choruses and twitchy sarcasm into an exuberant pop rock cocktail.

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U2: Zoo TV, Live From Sydney [DVD]

A new DVD from U2's Zoo TV tour is a worthy testament to the powers of one of the greatest live acts of all time.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Wonder Showzen: Season Two

What starts out as critique of entertainment exploitation of children and U.S. cultural shibboleths ends as anti-PC masturbation.

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