Reviews
Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland: Sangam

The last of the great cosmic jazzmen takes a trip way out east with this exhilarating live recording.

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Rainer Maria: Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

A strong release, with attitude, that still manages to follow expectations and yank on the heartstrings.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

United 93

In its fitful remembering, United 93 raises important questions (however reverentially) about the making of history.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Water (2005)

Deepa Mehta's controversial film considers the complicated, often excruciating impositions on women's lives at a time when Mahatma Gandhi is exposing the oppressions of colonial powers.

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Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (2006)

Seen individually, the three sections of Three Times would be impressive; taken altogether, they're devastating.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

It is in her relationships with other kids that Akeelah becomes unusual even within her formula film.

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28 Apr 2006 // 3:00 AM

Stick It (2006)

When Burt suggests she 'come back,' Haley refuses... until she realizes, pace Richard Gere, 'I've got nowhere else to go.'

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28 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Dabb keeps the story simple, either because he thinks that kids wouldn't be smart enough to follow along or would be hopelessly lost if they had to devote a few seconds to thinking about the story.

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28 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Ben Harper

Amongst his contemporaries, Harper belongs to a small club that still recognizes the importance of returning to one's roots, ie small, intimate venues. Thank God.

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No-Neck Blues Band and Embryo: Embryonnck

Ethno-improviser Christian Burchard explores the strange indigenous music of Harlem's No-Neck tribe

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The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living

In many respects, fame has not changed Mike Skinner: he's still charismatic, he's still insecure, and he's still just as messily pessimistic.

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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Under the Covers, Vol. 1

With the warmth of the sun beating down on a Sunday Morning, these power-pop veterans swoon lovingly through a collection of 1960s covers. And these birds can sing.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Part Chimp: I Am Come

With great power comes great responsibility.

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Taylor Hollingsworth: Tragic City

Duke Jupiter for the MySpace generation.

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Young and Sexy: Panic When You Find It

Vancouver’s other great indie pop band make their long-awaited return with a more mature sound.

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Guillemots: From the Cliffs EP

How did four ever so slightly geeky, hopelessly uncool birdwatchers from southern England (via Brazil) get around to making the pop record of the year so far?

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Electric Light Orchestra: No Answer

The release of No Answer and E.L.O. II turns the spotlight on a part of Lynne's career before he was writing pop symphonies transmogrified into schlock by decades of movies and TV commercials.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Essex Green: Cannibal Sea

The Brooklyn three-piece's third album of melancholy '60s indie-pop won't come as a surprise to anyone, but who really wants to be surprised all the time anyway?

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27 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Clogs + QQQ

Even when they embrace standard notation, Clogs can't help but topple the standards of form.

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27 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Honey We’re Killing the Kids!

Over her three-week stint as the Rickards' calorie commandant, Dr. Hark tries to be both teacher and preacher.

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The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

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"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

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