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Lullaby Baxter: Garden Cities of To-Morrow

This album is good enough to make you forget about Chan whatshername.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mark Newman: Must Be a Pony

Imagination exercise: picture John Mellencamp with a wee bit more country and a lot less distinctiveness.  That fuzzy haze that emerges is probably Mark

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida

A young woman discovers shocking truths about her missing mother -- and herself -- in Vendela Vida's second novel.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Art with a View

Through jazz, regional Cajun food, and a diverse stream of attendees, Art with a View evoked the charm, timelessness, and even the seasoned seediness for which New Orleans is famous.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lincoln Heights

"You just don't get it," sighs Donelle when Eddie comes with happy talk about what may come "tomorrow." "I don't have tomorrow and there's no way that I'll ever be grown up."

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Jamiroquai: High Times: Singles 1992-2006

The band's danceable sound is best served on this compilation. And, if it leads you to discover any of the soul/funk bands that Jay Kay and co. were influenced by, that's even more of a good thing.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Gay, Straight, or Taken?

Why not call it what it is? The show is about gaydar, that mythical power of instant identification that gay men and some women seem to wield so naturally.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

31 Days by Barry Werth

For all his faults, Gerald Ford implicitly understood that the office of the presidency was a great burden, one that could only be approached with the greatest humility.

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Steve Turner: New Wave Punk Asshole

For his third solo album, Mudhoney guitarist Turner cranks the amps and parties like it's 1986.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Akon: Konvicted

Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. Wait -- are you swearing at us?

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Spider Man: Battle for New York

Spidey's latest adventure finds him desperately trying to stop the senseless destruction of...Bunsen burners?

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Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity

Deerhoof's appealing new album is their poppiest and most accessible... until its long final track, that is. Fortunately, the disc's sweet taste outlasts its sour finish.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Voice: Gumbo

On her debut LP, Voice offers a smorgasbord of lyrical content, but like how the soup can sometimes be prepared, she adds too many ingredients.

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Archie Shepp Band: Geneva Concert [DVD]

A rare chance to revel in the Shepp's charismatic, heavy-lidded physiognomy; both dangerous and gentlemanly at the same time, like some switch-pen carrying street-scholar.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Johannes Linstead: Café Tropical

Long regarded as one of the top Latin guitarists in the world, Linstead's most recent CD does nothing to dispel the notion.

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14 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Return to the Land of Wonders

Believe it or not, there was a time when Iraq seemed poised on the dawn of a real democracy. Luckily, documentarian Maysoon Pachachi was there to chronicle that amazing moment...before all Hell broke loose.

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David Kilgour: The Far Now

Dreamlike clarity and gentle surreality suffuse David Kilgour's sixth full-length solo album, another slow-burning triumph.

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The Frank Hewitt Trio: Fresh from the Cooler

The classic trio of the unfashionably brilliant bop pianist, on excellent ballad form -- his first recording date issued at last.

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12 Jan 2007 // 2:00 AM

Stomp the Yard (2007)

DJ initially channels his shoulder-chippy anger at "the system" though crunk, and his innovative moves make him a crowd favorite.

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12 Jan 2007 // 2:00 AM

Alpha Dog (2006)

The film identifies a limited range of possible "reasons" for the murder, most having to do with ignorance, by the victim, the aggressors, the parents, and the 30 some "witnesses," numbered on screen.

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