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Monday, December 16 2002

Fountains of Wayne + OK Go

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CMJ This!: CMJ 2002

In these indie rock heydays, our writers turn away from what's hyped and delve into the ripe (and sour) of North America's largest new music festival.


Black Heart Procession + Blonde Redhead + Calexico + Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Polyphonic Spree, Desco Records Showcase, and Cody ChesnuTT

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On!Air!Library!, The Mink Lungs, The Boggs, and Calla

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The Clientele

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Sunday, December 15 2002

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life is the sprawling vision of a man whose sight has been rendered infinite by the power of love and faith.


The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead

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Don Shirley Trio: Water Boy

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Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

In a way, the songs have become part of me, and playing the album more of a rite than a listening experience. I suppose when art reaches the level of Blood on the Tracks, it is religion.


Friday, December 13 2002

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Gospel

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Rockapella: Comfort & Joy

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Joan Osborne: How Sweet It Is

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Jay-Z: Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse

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George Harrison: Brainwashed

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David Gray: A New Day at Midnight

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Dixie Chicks: Home

Home is a definite top pick for 2002, and certainly kicked country music in its ass once again when it needed it the most.


Dropkick Murphys: Live on St. Patrick’s Day

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