Reviews

4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Absolute Sandman

Without it, there would be no Vertigo today, and perhaps none of the titles that have risen to prominence out of that publishing line.

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Doc & Merle Watson: Black Mountain Rag

Any reissue that recalls the telepathy of this father/son combination is monumentally worthwhile.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: Paz e Futebol

Upon seeing the cover of the new compilation CD by Jazzanova, Paz e Futebol, listeners might assume that the album is just a ploy to

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Tupac Shakur: Tupac: The Complete Live Performances [DVD]

To enjoy this package, you must either (a) love live rap, (b) love Tupac Shakur, or (c) love Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound. You cannot choose "(d) none of the above".

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Ron Sexsmith: Time Being

Ron Sexsmith is the songwriter everyone envies, but nobody wants to be. Time Being offers a perfect explanation.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Switchfoot: Oh! Gravity.

Switchfoot's Johnathan Foreman is a wise observer, even if you don’t buy into his faith.

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Mission of Burma: Not a Photograph [DVD]

This film is, at best, a primer for those who aren’t yet but desperately need to be familiar with Mission of Burma.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Riffing With Wilco, A Journey: Part 2 [2006 Rewind]

"I guess I’m... the band's... front man," Tweedy says. "What is that? I’m not a... leading man. No. Maybe. Maybe I'm, I'm Nels Cline's leading man."

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Riffing With Wilco, A Journey: Part 1 [2006 Rewind]

PopMatters' Brian Bartels escapes the hustle and bustle of NYC in an essential act of improv.

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Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road

Startlingly fresh, real and unmistakeably passionate, Oneida Road crafts a new alt.country for the NASCAR era. These are stories about income-gap America, their acid observations and withering pessimism encased in soaring instrumentations.

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Various Artists: New Orleans Reborn!

Representative of a recovery of New Orleans music in New Orleans? Since this really is the genuine thing, you might hope so -- and for a recovery of the city around it! And a good conspectus on a laudable independent label!

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Various Artists: I Killed the Monster

Hugely eclectic tribute to troubled songwriter and artist whose star, finally, seems to be on the rise.

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4 Jan 2007 // 2:00 AM

The Painted Veil (2006)

The Painted Veil uses its narrative limits to make its political case, that privilege breeds ignorance.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

David Grumel: Beaurivage

Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,

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Daylights for the Birds: Trouble Everywhere

The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”.  Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for

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Swan Island: The Centre Will Hold

Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tara Jane ONeil: In Circles

The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into

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Marshall University - Ashes to Glory (2006)

A West Virginia public television documentary beats Hollywood to the punch by telling one of the most remarkable comeback stories in sports history.

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3 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sodastream: Reservations

Maturing Australian folk-pop band Sodastream is still able to pen haunting melody cloaked in warm, organic instrumentation.

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Architecture in Helsinki + The Blow [2006 Rewind]

Melbourne's favorite indie popsters face PopMatters' Jennifer Kelly. And this time, she's wearing pants...

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