Reviews

11 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Takota: The Ivory Tower

Just admit it, kids, emo is the new hair metal.

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The Bee Gees: The Studio Albums 1967-1968

Ten years before Saturday Night Fever, as a fledging combo on the rise, the Bee Gees made three album's worth of masterful pop rock and psych.

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11 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts a

"The race beat," once it was finally covered by the American press, was not some kind of intellectual parsing of a larger issue. The coverage itself was essential to solving the issue.

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Matthew Ryan: From a Late Night High Rise

A very personal album from a great singer-songwriter yields surprisingly placid results.

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11 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

Rolling Stone columnist explores the death of his wife and the life of pop music with pathos, humor books.

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Live at the Fillmore East

What does this concert sound like? It sounds like what it is: a remarkable document of one of the better bands of its time, performing live with palpable purpose and passion, achieving something pretty close to perfect.

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11 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Totimoshi: Ladrón

First-rate rustic stoner metal from a reliable, yet criminally overlooked band.

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11 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Joony Tuff #1

While not exactly original or brilliant, Joony Tuff's story has enough funny moments that a generous reader can get past the sloppiness in presentation to at least chuckle a few times.

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Metallica: Metallica - The Videos 1989-2004

Is Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004 worth a solid viewing? The answer, happily, is a resounding yes.

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Bobby Darin: Seeing Is Believing [DVD]

Bobby Darin was truly a singer's singer. Those who only know a few of his more popular songs need to take a trip back in time and watch how he skillfully worked concert audiences.

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Ran Slavin: Insomniac City

This is a CD and DVD of a 40-minute video art installation. How many video installations do you spend more than five minutes watching, let alone revisit?

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11 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eric Church: Sinners Like Me

Eric Church sings the first four lines of the first song as if he’s been embodied by Toby Keith, talking about the Middle East,

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The Microscopic Septet: Seven Men in Neckties/Surrealistic Swing

Possibly the most vital jazz group of the 1980s, in retrospect.

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11 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Owen: At Home With Owen

Mike Kinsella moves from his bedroom to the studio, but is still having trouble finding love, reconciling the past, and living with regrets.

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

Tralala: Is That the Tralala

This mighty fine album of peppy, punky, poppy, post-riot grrrl indie rock will get your body bopping and fill you full of glee.

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Various Artists: Dub Selector 3

“Trip hop” just isn’t a hip thing to call music any more—so Quango has tried on the more earthy, historical “dub” for this

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Grand Mal: Love Is the Best Con in Town

As the pianos and keyboards saturating its cover art suggests, Love Is the Best Con in Town, Grand Mal’s fourth LP, is less “rock”

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

U2: U218 Singles

Everything about U218 Singles, from the radio-programmers tracklisting and disjointed running order, to the cheap, mulleted photographs that stare out from the sleeve, gives the impression of a compilation that has been cobbled together in a greedy hurry.

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Times New Viking

PopMatters' Brian Bartels tells a pre-emptive tale of Matador's (and maybe your) next big thing...

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The L Word

The L Word is more enjoyable to watch with a group, mostly because subtlety is not one of its strengths.

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