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27 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Simply Red: Simplified

Hucknall has produced a collection of stripped-down, jazzy numbers that reflect the maturity of an artist who has been going strong for two decades.

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	The Lovemakers: Times of Romance

Ah, the '80s... synthesizers, sex, skinny ties, and snorting. While many bands reference the '80s, the Lovemakers actually capture the neon-pink decadence of the Reagan era.

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	American Princes: Little Spaces

Contradictions be damned, the American Princes could be on their way to becoming modern classic rock royalty.

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27 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	AFX: Hangable Auto Bulb

Out of eBay and into our CD players -- Richard D. James experiments with drill 'n' bass on this reissue of the rare EPs.

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27 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jamie Lidell

Lidell is balls out brilliant, a mad hatter collision of soulful creativity. And, he's just as good doing a capella...

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South Park: The Complete Sixth Season

Regardless of their childishness, the protagonists of South Park are, like their creators, fundamentally decent (except for Cartman, who represents the zenith of selfish indecency).

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Lolly Scramble: A Memoir of Little Consequence by Tony Martin

Martin listens when people talk; he watches how they move. The results are something superb.

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Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality by Kyriacos C. Markides

In an era when many have turned to Eastern religions in their pursuit of spirituality, Markides's book shows that Christianity has an established tradition of searching for inner meaning.

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27 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.

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27 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Amityville Horror (2005)

'Based on a true story,' notes Amityville Horror producer Brad Fuller as the so-designating title rolls. 'Already controversial.'"

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nick Warren: Shanghai

The British master DJ spins moody house and techno like it's 1988 and 2005 at the same time.

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	Silverstein: Discovering the Waterfront

Peel back the screamo for some perfectly played and produced pop songs.

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	Paranoid Social Club: Paranoid Social Club

Portland, Maine's pop/ rock/ funk/ jam/ etc. leading lights introduce themselves to the rest of the world.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Old Time Relijun: 2012

Old Time Relijun are in many ways the anti-White-Stripes, an authentic and healthy alternative to the snake oil that Jack White is selling.

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	Hendrik Meurkens: Amazon River

Meurkens is a phenomenal harmonica player, steeped in and deeply in love with Brazilian music. There is an effortless blend here, but too little effort, far too much blend.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Alicia Keys: Unplugged

It's great if you like her, not so great if you don't, and right down the middle for everyone else.

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Andy Bell: Electric Blue

The voice of Erasure fronts Manhattan Clique's disco synthpop beats in his lyric-driven solo debut. Let the innuendo fly!"

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26 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Breakestra: Hit the Floor

Miles Tackett and his collaborators form an ambitious crew -- and are obviously talented enough to continue pushing the boundaries of the Breakestra's potential.

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Coheed and Cambria + The Blood Brothers + Dredg + Mewithoutyou

Watching a near-sellout crowd recite lyrics like biblical text makes you wonder: when the hell did these guys get so big?

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26 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

South Park

Parker and Stone are like observational stand-up comics, without all the wry self-referencing and glib performance shtick.

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