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The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006)

In East Berlin 1984, Gerd Wiesler believes in what he does. A Stasi captain and surveillance expert, he implacably pursues his directive, "to know everything."

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The Lovely Sparrows: Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

The Lovely Sparrows seem to be another (potentially) great band that's taking the one-toe-in-the-water-at-a-time approach to recording.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Piebald: Accidental Gentleman

Piebald plays a jocular brand of power-pop full of faux-rock riffs and adorable lyrics. The band exploded onto the emo-punk scene in 1999 with their memorably-titled

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The World Famous Crackers?

Calling this an interactive fireworks display is simply not adequate. It's more like an evening-long apocalypse.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Perth (2004)

Djinn has created a film whose characters spill off the screen on all sides and continue to live in the mind long after the movie is over.

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The Twilight Singers: A Stitch in Time

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan fans waiting for the duo’s Gutter Twins release get a little teaser on A Stitch in Time. A lead-off

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

9/11 attacks serve as backdrop for Once in a Promised Land about an Arab couple.

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Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul by Edward Humes

Monkey Girl spotlights firestorm over plans to teach intelligent design.

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Peter Bjorn and John: Writers Block

An album of triumphantly appealing tunes about love -- and yeah, there's that song "Young Folks", too -- from indie pop outfit Peter Bjorn and John

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Gaming by Alexander R. Galloway

Galloway should be commended for his work.

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Thomas Brinkmann: Klick Revolution

Brinkmann says this is "the sound of Sisyphus playing pinball with a rolling stone", which means it is futile to make sense of this album, it is barely musical or listenable... but irresistably intriguing.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

The township dip-and-heave rhythm that runs through most of these tracks, sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly, unites them, making this one of the more coherent Rough Guides.

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Harry Connick, Jr.: Oh, My Nola

Pretty-boy crooner sees New Orleans as a rich stew, marked by cycles of life and death.

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8 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

St. Elsewhere - Season 1

St. Elsewheremodernized narrative structure, shook up the visual language of TV drama, and introduced "place" as the central character around which the actors came and went.

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Nobody: Revisions Revisions

Nobody has one foot in underground hip-hop, the other in dreamy psychedelic pop.

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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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