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Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos: The Dust of Retreat

With a relatively meteoric rise, chamber-pop band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's are fast becoming one of those mythical indie rock basement-to-penthouse success stories. And it's all so well deserved.

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10 Apr 2006 // 3:00 PM

Empires: Great Religions

The PBS series also chronicles an evolution of thought. Most theological breakthroughs came as responses to tyranny, literal and cultural.

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10 Apr 2006 // 3:00 PM

Dave Attell’s Insomniac Tour Presents: Sean Rouse, Greg Giraldo and Dane Cook

Sean Rouse's jokes hit on themes the others will echo: drinking is fun; crystal meth is fun to joke about; masturbation is always on a man's mind; the existence of God is doubtful.

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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Third Season

It might be properly said that Newhart -- in his quiet, insecure manner -- represents something of a shrugging mode of subversion.

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Wolf Creek: Widescreen Unrated Edition (2005)

Greg McLean poses a basic question: 'What would it be like to be struck in this incredibly isolated place with the most evil character you could possibly imagine, who was also distinctly Australian?'"

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10 Apr 2006 // 3:00 PM

An Unfinished Life (2005)

For his part, Lasse Hallström likes the subtler strokes, as the scene when Redford sits in his truck and is unable to start it.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Anyone familiar with Ennis's other comic projects knows that he doesn't readily tip-toe around issues possibly offensive to the church or the far right.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Arctic Monkeys + The Spinto Band

A tale of chilly chimps and the last van standing.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

It seems right, somehow, that someone who so enthusiastically embraced pop-culture, and the plethora of images pouring in, now patients us to the slowness and focus required for poetry.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daltry Calhoun (2005)

What a pity Katrina Holden Bronson didn't spend as much time perfecting her script as she did her soundtrack.

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Terence Trent DArby: Do You Love Me Like You Say?

A worthwhile introduction (or re-introduction) to an extremely underrated artist who stubbornly and satisfyingly followed his own muse.

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Edwin McCain: Lost in America

Lost in America is Americana through a mid-'90s singer-songwriter filter, except a little less exciting.

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Pinetop Seven: Beneath Confederate Lake

Winter may be ending where you are, but sometimes you need to get in touch with your inner autumn. Let the Pinetop Seven help you.

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Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Samba Jazz in Black & White

A breezy samba-jazz date suggests the warmer days ahead.

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto: insen

A deceptively relaxing collaboration between a composer and a sound designer...

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Faris Nourallah: Near the Sun

Faris Nourallah hides a complex worldview in direct pop songs. Smile as you resolve those philosophical dilemmas.

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9 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

South Filthy: Crackin Up

If you admire blues and Budweiser more than booksmarts and would readily forgo lyrical prowess for rough and ready swagger... you might just classify Crackin' Up in the category of Great Works.

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9 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

MONO: You Are There

MONO catches up to its legendary live experience not via brute force, but through an exquisite display of melodic and dynamic subtlety.

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	David Bowie: Serious Moonlight [DVD]

Serious Moonlight captures Bowie at the point where he began to falter. Even worse, it's a testament to the glossy absurdity of the '80s.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Syn: Syndestructible

The pre-Yes group, featuring a member of Yes, return during a lull in Yes to create music that, yes, sounds somewhat like Yes if Yes weren't Yes anymore. Confused? Get in line.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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