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	The Magic Numbers: The Magic Numbers

The British band of the summer drop one of the debuts of the year; an unabashedly sentimental breath of fresh air as uplifting as it is unadorned. Prepare to succumb.

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25 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hockey Night: Keep Guessing

We all might miss Pavement, but if we learned anything from Mary Shelley it's that we shouldn't try to resurrect our loved ones.

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	Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Meeting Colours

Beautifully played, fairly conventional, but nice, Catherine moves beyond his quartet to playing with one of the currently best big bands in the business.

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	Andy Caldwell: Late Night With Andy Caldwell

This is one of the most pure examples of unpretentious, irrepressible deep house I've come across in some time.

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	Rodney Crowell: The Outsider

You need to get back to caring a bit more about hooks and memorable riffs if you want to expand your audience beyond the people who already know and love you.

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	The Black Dahlia Murder: Miasma

The young Detroit band have always had the chops, but can they keep things interesting for an entire album?"

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25 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Coaxing squalls of angry feedback from her trusty axe and leaping around the stage like a rag doll, it's difficult to accept the fact the woman is approaching 60.

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25 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Weeds

Weeds is clear about its stance on getting stoned.

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HomoCore: The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock by David Ciminelli and Ken Knox

This book is an excellent primer for those interested in learning the basics about HomoCore.

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The Errol Morris DVD Collection (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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Errol Morris' documentaries are strange, perfect journeys.

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24 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Superchumbo: Wowie Zowie

Wowie Zowie serves as something of a riposte to the aggressively desexualized facade of so much modern house.

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Souls’ Chapel

Stuart knows how to make anything fun… even a religion that is being used as a bludgeon by our current presidential administration and many of our legislators.

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	Esther Phillips: Jazz Moods / Hot

A slice of '70s soul from a singer who always brings it, even when her material is a semi-discofied mixed bag.

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	Eric Lewis: Hopscotch [CD and DVD]

A non-anonymous set by a pianist the expert employment agency of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra booked, trio then suddenly unaccompanied swinging in a two-handed style with Jaki Byard for precedent. You get to see him play all but one track on an accompanying DVD.

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24 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	J-Live: The Hear After

The triple threat completes his opening trilogy with resolutely impressive panache, establishing a firm platform for mature hip-hop that thinks as hard as it hits.

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	Black Halos: Alive Without Control

Memo to the band: Just be yourself.

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24 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jim Boggia: Safe in Sound

Jim Boggia's sophomore collection showcases his emotive voice, as well as a great sense of wordplay and melody, in 12 songs that range from confessional ballad to upbeat full-band bounce.

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	Blue Highway: Marbletown

Like a rock. Like a rock of marble. Like a town of marble. With a highway leading to it. A blue highway. Playing bluegrass like a rock. A rock of marble...

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The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season

The commentary tracks repeatedly demonstrate the mutual respect and camaraderie of the Simpsons veterans.

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24 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

HOPELESs Pictures

Spoofing celebrities is easy. Finding the humor in a pitch meeting may be a little more complicated.

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