Reviews

8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Glimmers: Fabriclive.31

Showcasing the breadth of a record collection does not necessarily make a great mix CD.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Red Steel

Where's the grit, the dirt? This is the mob we're meant to be dealing with, not Screech and Zack from Saved by the Bell.

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ari hoenig: Inversations

Terrific players, don't relax for a minute, passion not minimalism, postbop kickingly alive.

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Ben Bowen King: Sidewalk Saints

My resident layman is American, and this is unmistakably an American album, so I turned to him for advice. “What do you think?” I asked

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Botch: Unifying Themes Redux

Formed in 1993 and disbanding just before the decade mark in 2002, Botch unfortunately met their demise just a few short years before metal would re-enter the

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Lisa Lampanelli: Dirty Girl / The Sarah Silverman Program

We all make catty, hurtful remarks from time to time. Some are especially adept at devastating putdowns, and a select few have parlayed such skill into careers.

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The Pack: Skateboards 2 Scrapers

Musicians love to sing about (and sell) shoes! Skateboard hip-hop collective The Pack ride their debut EP right into the cement side of the hyphy, dirty, snappy, half pipe.

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Lovedrug: Everything Starts… EP

Lovedrug is frustrating to a critic, because they’re really hard to categorize.  They can wear the emo-rock mask as well as the Brit-born

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Echoes of Eternity: The Forgotten Goddess

Francine Boucher is going to be regarded as a metal goddess before long, which is no surprise, considering how the French Canadian-born singer happens to

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Trust the Man (2005)

Trust the Man is definitely enjoyable: as one of the guiltiest of pleasures that you only watch at home during the cold, dark winter, with the curtains drawn, alone and in shame with a whole bag of potato chips.

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Lymbyc Systym: Love Your Abuser

The first full-length album from the brothers Bell—Jared and Michael—is ambient, expressive, emotional, and thoughtful without one word being spoken. Whether it is

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Micheners the Name by Robert Vavra

Photos reveal private side of James Michener.

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Deerhunter: Cryptograms

Deerhunter has skills that transcend the cheap shock value of its previous album, its members proving themselves equally adept at ambient, looped strums as they are at pleasing-if-barely-in-tune jangle pop.

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Slowtrainsoul: Santimanitay

On their sophomore album, the European duo tackle voodoo, soca, and hip-hop. But their trip-hop spell is strangely easy to break.

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Jann Arden: A Work in Progress [DVD]

A Work in Progress reveals the good person that Jann Arden is, but not enough of the good musician that she is.

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sondre Lerche: Phantom Punch

With Phantom Punch, Norwegian idol Sondre Lerche completes his child-star arc.

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Keith Urban: Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing

The Aussie pop-country crooner alternately plays it safe and stretches his musical boundaries on his latest, chart-topping release.

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Hail Mary (1985)

A totally confounding and disappointing film, coupled with another that finds depth in its relative economy.

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Various Artists: Queer Noises 1961-1978

It must be said that Queer Noises brims with good intentions but most of these songs should have remained in the closet.

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7 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tony DeSare: Last First Kiss

Tony DeSare’s songs rank up there with the all-time favorite jazz standards. His lush arrangements and captivating phrases stir the emotions.

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