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Dave Clarke: Remixes & Rarities 1992-2005

The track listing presents perhaps as succinct an encapsulation of modern dance music history as anyone could hope to find.

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23 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

D-Block: The CD/DVD Mixtape

The CD/DVD Mixtape has some interesting tracks, but ultimately feels unfocused.

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23 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sheitan (2006)

Sheitan not only makes tried-and-true horror clichés look hip, arty and elegant, it succeeds in making them look memorably weird.

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23 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

M. Ward + Holly Throsby

I went to the show reluctantly, expecting to see "serious" girls staring meaningfully into the singer’s eyes. Heck, they might even shed a few tears...

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Cobra Starship: When the City Sleeps, We Rule the St

The song titles are almost as bad as the tunes themselves.

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The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin has smart genes, to be sure, being a great great granddaughter of that Darwin, but she doesn't deploy them well.

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Get Set Go: Selling Out & Going Home

This is a very great pop record by a very sick man. I will play it daily for years.

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.Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2

If you want to play a beat-em-up but don't want to worry about learning a new language as some brawlers demand, then this is for you.

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Ying Yang Twins: Chemically Imbalanced

Terrible cover art and lyricism notwithstanding, Chemically Imbalanced ends up being much, much better than it has any right to be.

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The Street - The Complete First Season

What distinguishes The Street from the vast majority of shows on television today is its quiet attention to naturalistic, fully textured, and thoroughly complicated characters.

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Bill Kirchen: Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods

"The King of Dieselbilly" has returned from a five-year hiatus, delivering an eclectic mix of country-roots cuts that is as good a reason as any to kick up your heels and party.

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Junior Wells: Live at Theresas 1975

The intimate Junior Wells? His heyday, his home gig, and -- for serious blues guitar fans -- half a set of beautifully clear Philip Guy; and on the other half Muddy Waters' favorite, Sammy Lawhorn.

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The Earlies: The Enemy Chorus

There's a point on the Earlies’ sophomore album, The Enemy Chorus, when it stops being an album and transforms into an experience.

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Jon Oliva’s Pain: Maniacal Renderings

On his second solo record, the Savatage frontman shows signs of returning to the glory days.

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Sally Doherty & The Sumacs: Edge of Spring

Sally Doherty’s gift to the world is the lovely clarity of her voice. There’s no sign of strain when she sings, it’s

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Circle II Circle: Burden of Truth

Listening to so much middling power metal in 2006, it comes as an enormous relief to finally hear from a band that knows how to do

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The L Word

Scared and excited, Phyllis became a symbol of what's best and most complex about The L Word, that a secure sense of identity is never easy.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sparta: Threes

Sparta allows the "art" to return to the "rock," to decidedly mixed results.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich

The big boogie and when, why it ended.

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Words That Work by Dr. Frank Luntz

Totalitarian abuses of language are called Orwellian to honor the man who gave us the diagnostic tools to fight it, not because anyone believes Orwell cherished Stalinist obscurantism.

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