Reviews
	Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

Gone are the redeeming qualities that made Jagged Little Pill a definitive album. In their stead is a collection of songs rehashed and dandified by an artist content to drag her legacy through the mud.

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29 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Darkane: Layers of Lies

A rare feat, a classy Swedish metal album that appeals to metalcore fans, without dumbing down the sound.

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	The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Live at MCG

While not constantly bushing the boundaries of innovation, this band succeeds on the sheer talent of its players.

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	Terry Allen: The Silent Majority (Terry Allen’s Greatest Missed Hits)

Yesterday's leftovers make tasty main dishes. This reissue of Lubbock, Texas native Terry Allen's early oddities and one-offs serves as a good combination plate from an artist who knows that being weird is just one way of being in the world.

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29 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

If there was poetic justice, this show would have been filled. Hell, this is THE BEACH, yet the amphitheatre was only 1/3 full. It's a blasted shame...

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Futurama Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection

It is a short but powerful argument in favor of Matt Groening's dream project.

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Tommy Boy: Holy Schnike Edition (1995)

It seems odd that this well-executed formula buddy comedy would have such a tortured birthing process.

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28 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

Gorgeously textured and musically ambitious, this album is a testament to West's top-of-the-game production skills, but as an MC he's still got a few lessons to learn.

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	Tierney Sutton: I’m With the Band

Bringing hyper-technique into the scat-o-sphere, the jazz vocalist releases a partly-live set that dazzles -- maybe too much.

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	Motion Pictures: Motion Pictures

Bring summer to a bittersweet close with this darkly beautiful album from the Isle of Wight.

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	Damian Lazarus: Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck

So often, even the best efforts of top-name DJs can seem rote -- but Suck My Deck is at the very least interesting from the beginning to the very end.

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	A Gun Called Tension: A Gun Called Tension

The resulting amalgam is more thoughtful than the pop thud of Rage Against the Machine or Linkin Park, but not as clever as any of the aforementioned.

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28 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Embrace: Out of Nothing

Out of Nothing is the sound of music being super-sized and stuffed into a happy meal. All that's missing is a toy. Oh wait -- the album comes with a screensaver!"

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	Stephen Bruton: From the Five

Longtime Texas musician gets his dadrock on.

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This June I set out on the road with my fellow Spinto-Heads to chronicle the band's first 'real' East Coast tour and relish what would most likely be their last shows in obscurity...

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The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons

For classic rock fans, the set contains some fascinating moments, and it's a testament to Cavett's willingness to play with format that they don't seem dated.

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The Perfect Manhattan by Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey

The novel, in spite of its tendency to linger on the shallow side of appearances, makes some very telling points about life in the Hamptons.

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26 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Valiant (2005)

Though Valiant is cheerful enough, its actors, animators, and audience have all been let down by its lack of ambition.

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26 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Undiscovered (2005)

A non-meeting on a subway platform serves as the first scene in the exceptionally uninteresting Undiscovered.

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26 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Sorum (2001)

Sorum might be best described as a ghost story, but without ghosts.

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FKA twigs Outdoes Herself with 'Congregata' (Photos)

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"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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