Reviews

25 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Brothermandude: Brothermandude

The band definitely has substance, especially on the mid-tempo "Living High" that sounds like John Mayer or Dave Matthews with a chip on his shoulder.

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Basic Vocab: The General Dynamic

Three brothers from Miami ditch crunk, haul that golden-age boom-bap to the present and wind up with a solid debut album.

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25 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Sleepthief: The Dawnseeker

If you've heard Delerium, Conjure One, or even Enigma, you've heard this.

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25 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Delta Nove: The Future Is When

Don’t expect Delta Nove to describe their sound. They won’t and you would have a hard time telling anyone what it is, aside

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Runaway

Runaway splits the difference between basic family drama and the serial thriller.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Class

Because so much was going on, the pilot episode had the feeling of a 30-minute trailer: "Here are our characters, tune in next week to see what happens."

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Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby

Hornby seems unable to decide if this is a serious book about reading, or a light-hearted diary for his friends and fans, to be taken with a pinch of salt.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ultimate Extinction

That's the advantage of the Ultimate books: bringing back the excitement to beloved but overly familiar universe.

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The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

Johnston, with his outsized continuously overflowing personality, coupled with the sheer mass of his output, seems to exert a strong gravitational pull, luring everything into his own orbit, making it his own.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers: Everythings Gonna Be Alright

A not-too-bad companion piece to Legend, from the people who brought you the Caramel Macchiato.

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Jay Bennett: The Magnificent Defeat

The Magificent Defeat approaches the former more often than it does the latter.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

My Morning Jacket: Okonokos

My Morning Jacket, taking their high-powered live show into your home and setting it ablaze.

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Jason Moran: Artist in Residence

A jazz pianist of steel steers his music through the dangerous web of official arts organizations, encountering plenty of Kryptonite, yet emerges unscathed -- the globe still safe for improvisation.

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Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble: The Messenger

Heavy, heavy Chicago jazz that hits in the gut as well as the heart.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Bronx: The Bronx

Though there's an increased presence of more melodic, straight-ahead rock on the second Bronx self-titled, the heavy punk group manages to retain a sense of independence

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Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection

The only reason yet another Steely Dan collection is tolerable is because they earned this excess.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Skye: Mind How You Go

The former voice of Morcheeba has a hip solo debut. You might care, but you probably don't (and you really don't need to).

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Philip E. Karnats: Pleasesuite

Two great songs jump out of an entertaining but inconsistent solo effort by ex-Tripping Daisy contributor.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Leichtmetall: Wir Sind Blumen

It's too fey and reticent for pop, and too hooky to be simply atmospheric.

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24 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Raconteurs

i can see jason but i cant see u. where r u?

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