Reviews

1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ex-Boyfriends: Dear John

More fun than substance from these new-wave power-poppers, but they do look cute in ties...

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The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

If her bold themes and colors were undeniably 'Mexican', Frida Kahlo also painted her own experiences, beyond national or even gendered identity.

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The Colossal P.T. Barnum Reader: Nothing Else Like It in the Universe by Phineas T. Barnum

Cook writes that 'even at the height of radical Reconstruction, [Barnum] continued to promote brutally dehumanizing images of people of color on stage.'"

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Maximo newbies should try falling in love with A Certain Trigger first, but definitely save some room in your collection for Missing Songs.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The M’s: Future Women

The M's are actually torch carriers for the art of Noise Pop -- and the accent is decidedly on Pop.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

It's loud, it's fast, and it swings like a mother. In an age of increasingly toothless rock, this is rock 'n' roll that will still piss off parents.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

An absolutely straight-ahead live date for concert octet, believe it or not, from the usually smoove saxophonist.

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They got all this music from old cassettes, and a good portion of the tracks have significant dropouts or wobbles, lending them that oh-so-real aura so prized by us world music obsessives.

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Willie Nile: Streets of New York

Streets of New York might not be able to withstand direct scrutiny, but listen to it in the background or with your mind on something else, and it will very often sound like something wonderful.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Timeless is a noble pursuit, and the guest roster is impressive, covering a who’s who of modern urban music.

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Janis Ian: Folk Is the New Black

If you like your folk music disguised as a cynically unimaginative, woefully uninteresting attempt at securing radio airplay, then this is the album for you.

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	The Velvet Underground: Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCIII [DVD]

That these concerts happened was an amazing thing and this is a fitting, worthwhile document.

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28 Feb 2006 // 10:00 PM

Tamara (2006)

Tamara's poster shows a pouty Jenna Dewan in a miniskirt, carrying a huge axe. The tagline reads, Revenge Has a Killer Body. I wish I had seen that movie instead.

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28 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Little Fish (2005)

Jacquelin Perske's script delivers Tracy's story in a series of snapshots, brief, highly detailed moments, comprised of close-ups or bits of dialogue.

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28 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moore's aim was never to make comic books grow up.

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28 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Espers + Picastro

THC hits some bands in a wham-bam fury of ideas and anecdotes (making them impossible to keep quiet). Others are content to sit quietly and snack.

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28 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden

If you've seen Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, you have read Pretty Little Dirty.

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28 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

My Date With Drew (2005)

My Date With Drew is a starfucking free-for-all, revealing the sad desperation of a film industry fringe-dweller.

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27 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dance beats can make almost anything worth tolerating, but Appareil’s debut is so laughably awful as to prove the exception to such a rule.

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Second concept album from Seattle prog rockers retreads rather than breaks new ground.

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