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Keith Jarrett: The Carnegie Hall Concert

Solo piano again -- but glorious again.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

That a down home jamboree could be interesting to heavy-metal loving middle school students speaks to its wide.

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Liseys Story by Stephen King

The book is an unusually careful creation from an author who has too often let himself run on automatic.

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Click (2006)

At heart, Click is a trivial movie that asks an important question about life, the universe, and everything: how on earth can a man who's doing Kate Beckinsale on a regular basis be at all dissatisfied with his life?

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

TM Juke: Forward

Adventurous but not reckless, TM Juke's latest release is a skillful and soulful mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and downtempo electronica.

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Goodbye Tomorrow: Goodbye Tomorrow

Short but sweet EP offers three promising earnest modern rock tunes.

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Ray LaMontagne: Till the Sun Turns Black

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne finds his way out of his cabin only to get lost in the background of his sophomore release.

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lady Sovereign: Public Warning

The major complaint is that we've heard so many of these tracks before. Most of her previous singles appears pretty much unchanged from their original form. Is this enough? It is, and here's why.

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Various Artists: Underground Hip-Hop Volume 4

A compilation whose name says everything (and nothing).

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Urban Tribe: Authorized Clinical Trials

This is roots music for the computer class, unsullied by the march of time or the vagaries of the wider marketplace.

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Magic Slim & the Teardrops/ Joe Carter with Sunnyland Slim: That Aint Right

This split-LP from the past offers two different treasures dating back to 1977 -- early Magic Slim, the sensitive bluesman, an original in fine shading, and happily still with us; and the late Joe Carter, who in his final recording had his own way with the Elmore James repertoire.

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Adem: Love And Other Planets

Adem's got Love (the concept) on his mind, and his exploration of it is sophisticated, literate and surprisingly affecting.

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13 Oct 2006 // 7:00 AM

Ensemble: Ensemble

Ensemble elegantly bridges the divides between electronica, classical, folk, and indie-pop, effortlessly integrating all of these disparate genres into one lovely and unassuming sound.

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13 Oct 2006 // 3:30 AM

Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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13 Oct 2006 // 3:00 AM

Debut EP from Boston-based rock quartet is yet another entry in the ongoing renaissance of '80s disaffection.

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13 Oct 2006 // 2:12 AM

The Grudge 2 (2006)

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, The Grudge 2 is not a regular horror movie, or even a regular J-horror movie.

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Last Conservative: Pretty New Things

This band spent the past summer opening for the Goo Goo Dolls / Counting Crows co-headlining North American tour, as well as performing at the after-show

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The Who: The Who - The Vegas Job [DVD]

World's one-time best rock band cashes in disgracefully on boomer nostalgia. Try to focus on the music....it's the only way to get through this.

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12 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shortbus (2006)

Shortbus underlines the problem of defining what's real in its use of sex as means and sign of pleasure.

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12 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Infamous (2006)

When Truman quite gleefully describes his plan to use 'fictional techniques' to tell his nonfiction story, to shape the Clutter murders as an emblem of cultural malaise, Nelle insists on a knowable distinction between fact and fiction.

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