Reviews
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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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Im From Rolling Stone

I'm From Rolling Stone is what happens when magazines stop caring about content and start hiring underqualified idiots in hopes of a circulation boost.

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever

Concord's literary lions, fueled by sexual tension?

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lincolns Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words by Douglas L. Wilson

Lincoln's Sword fondly recalls the U.S.'s public discourse before "talk-radio blowhard" became a job description.

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Big Oil

With Big Oil, you can finally indulge your fantasy of fashioning virtual Nigerias of chaos and plunder, without burdening your conscience with the consequences.

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LCD Soundsystem: Forty-Five: Thirty-Three

Joggin' James Murphy's Nike-commissioned electro-funk epic is the perfect soundtrack for running... and most other activities, too.

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The Road to Guantánamo (2006)

While the movie has been termed a "docudrama" for its mix of reenactments, interviews, and archival news footage, it is not nearly so easy or easygoing about "truth" as such a label suggests. The film's complex form corresponds to its story, in the sense that "truth" is precisely what troubles it.

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Bole2Harlem Volume 1

The press kit describes Bole2Harlem's sound as the work of a group of friends from different countries who like to get together in the same club and jam, and that collective neighbourliness has rubbed off on the songs.

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Slipknot: Voliminial: Inside the Nine [DVD]

"I vowed to get to the center of what I know I’m a part of, which is one of the greatest bands in the world today". Brave words, Clown.

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Sahara: The Forgotten History of the Worlds Harshest Desert

How do you write a history of a place where history goes to die?

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"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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