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5 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Glory Road (2006)

In a Jerry Bruckheimer sports movie, truth and good intentions have little chance against formula.

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5 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

For escapist entertainment, that's not a whole lot of escaping, and barely any entertainment.

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5 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lee “Scratch” Perry

'I don't smoke ganja anymore; I smoke incense. Because when you smoke incense, your senses are in.'

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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley

It's fairly safe to say that in a time of crisis, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin isn't the guy whom you'd want responsible for your well-being.

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Candy Bars: On Cutting Ti-gers in Half and Understanding Narravation

If they work at it, they can pull of something worth 100 Grand. Until then, they’re just relegated to being a Whatchamacallit.

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5 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Invaders

It brazenly cashes in on metal's recent critical popularity, but Invaders will still surprise many.

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The Goo Goo Dolls: Let Love In

It's very easy to picture many of these songs being hits 10 or even 20 years ago, in the heyday of Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi (hey, they both made a couple of good songs, right?)

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5 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

World Party: Dumbing Up

This bit of recycling from one of pop's great environmentalists isn't quite a glorious return to form, but it's hopeful nonetheless.

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Out There/Eric Dolphy Out There [Rudy Van Gelder Remasters]

Vintage early Dolphy featuring Ron Carter on cello, in a sterling Van Gelder remastered version

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Darryl Hall & John Oates: Rock ‘N Soul Part 1

'80s soul/pop maestros sound better than they have in 20 years -- and it's not just the remastered audio.

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Camera Obscura: Lets Get Out of This Country

Camera Obscura picks up where it left off, with nary a drop in quality from its previous releases, and continuing to captivate the hearts of chamber pop fans all over the world.

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Julius Papp: Montreal Departure

A good introduction to the organic, laidback sounds of San Francisco house music.

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3 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Mary Timony + Tralala

While the Black Cat's backstage is more unfinished basement than concert venue, the right artist can bring the room's aesthetic to life. Of course, not every artist is the one.

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3 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dick Dale

? Wasn't he in Pulp Fiction or something?

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2 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Break-Up (2006)

For all that goes wrong with The Break-Up, the most compelling question it raises has to do with the state of the romantic comedy.

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2 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Puffy Chair (2006)

The road trip then becomes an occasion for an extended game of relationship chicken: is Josh going to grow up and commit or is Emily going to accept him and stop criticizing?

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2 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Surf School (2006)

It's as though Silverman asked a group of 13-year-olds to describe a 'hippie' and then created the aging flower children based on their answers.

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2 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Lady Vengeance (2005)

Lady Vengeance offers its characters what was missing in Chan-wook Park previous vengeance films: the hope of redemption.

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2 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

District B13 (2004)

Pierre Morel's film maintains a healthy tension, as Damien believes in 'the law' and Leïto is never convinced of its efficacy or good intentions.

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All Tomorrow’s Parties: United Sounds of ATP, Weekend 1 Featuring Devendra Banhart, Comets on Fire,

Forget your bucket and spade, put away your sunhat. All Tomorrow's Parties is here and peddling an entirely different kind of seaside rock.

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