Reviews
U2: Zoo TV, Live From Sydney [DVD]

A new DVD from U2's Zoo TV tour is a worthy testament to the powers of one of the greatest live acts of all time.

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20 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Wonder Showzen: Season Two

What starts out as critique of entertainment exploitation of children and U.S. cultural shibboleths ends as anti-PC masturbation.

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Fear Before the March of Flames: The Always Open Mouth

The Always Open Mouth is, more or less, an amalgam of separate ideas, none of which seem to pan out.

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Dizzy Gillespie: Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie

New one-disc compilation highlights Gillespie's RCA Victor recordings from 1946-1949, including his big-band bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Azam Ali: Elysium for the Brave

Plenty of beauty, but so much of it surface, this disc never quite coalesces into something with real emotion.

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Oxford Collapse: Remember the Night Parties

Brooklyn trio Oxford Collapse's first release with Sub Pop proves to be not only a bold venture of great depth, but also a fantastic party in itself.

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20 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daughters: Hell Songs

In which our heroes learn that one doesn't have to be screaming all the time to make great grindcore.

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19 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Zombie Nation: Black Toys

Zombie Nation's new disc almost finds a place between indie-centric heavy metal disco and more commercial minded electro.

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19 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Shut Up & Sing

Still, and to their credit, the Chicks will not shut up.

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19 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Hotspur: Beta

This is a debut? Somebody sign these guys already!

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19 Nov 2006 // 6:00 PM

The Weird Weeds: Weird Feelings

Rarely does an album with as little sound as Weird Feelings by the Weird Weeds require so much effort from listeners. Actually, few albums have

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Hero Squared #3

So, why is there only one major female in this story, and why is she either at a disadvantage (e.g. a lousy, selfish boyfriend), or playing the role of the scheming, vengeance-minded super villian?

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Golem Song by Marc Estrin

Alan Krieger, self-styled arbiter of Jewish identity, is a charming monster -- omnivorous reader with apparently perfect recall, consumer of White Castle burgers and Reddi-Wip, racist, paranoiac, and, at least in desire, a mass-murderer.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Game: Doctors Advocate

Dr. Dre appears nowhere on Doctor's Advocate, except in the title, the sonic influence of most of the beats and about 80 times in every track. Rarely, if ever, has a hip-hop record been so dedicated to an absentee who wasn't a corpse.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Natalie: Everything New

If you like disposable Top 40 R&B pop, Natalie's Everything New will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Thunderball: Cinescope

At times sounding like the soundtrack to a cool '70s spy film that never was, Cinescope by Thunderball is as eclectic as it is funky.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Blowoff: Blowoff

Bob Mould gets his groove on with musical partner Rich Morel in new project at the intersection of electronica and rock.

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19 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

One More Dead Fish (2005)

This documentary's portraits of Nova Scotia fishermen show that the tentacles of corporate power may reach far into our daily lives, but it is still within our power to raise our voices and affect change.

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Dierks Bentley: Long Trip Alone

Bentley's new CD can stand proudly against, say, some of Blake Shelton’s lesser numbers.

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Pixies: The Pixies - Club Date: Live at the Paradise in Boston [DVD]

This DVD provides two glimpses of Pixies: the kindler, gentler manifestation, and that kinder, gentler manifestation's rough estimate of past incarnations now distanced by time, age, forgotten roles, and so-called "retirement".

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