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	Chet Baker: Career: 1952-1988

Chet Baker was a second or even third-tier trumpeter but an often first-class singer. This retrospective offers a view of his entire career, the complex ups and downs of which belie the simplicity of his art.

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I'll happily take Yorkston any place where 'Oi! Oi! Oi!' isn't seeping through the ceiling.

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22 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Comeback

Valerie Cherish is a far cry from Phoebe Buffay. Egocentric and manipulative, she's less outright hateful than passive-aggressive.

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The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium by Bernd Brunner

Finding a way to keep the creatures alive made it possible for more folks, the average bourgeois, to keep a little of the sea in the front room.

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Cursed: Unrated Version (2004)

'I guess there's no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,' whines one victim.

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	Various Artists: Jazz Moods: Sounds of Spring

A happy hour of music, culled not merely from Concord's own archives but also those libraries which have appeared on Original Jazz Classics. No rubbish here! But also, no details on personnel or the albums some of these classics came from. Even Oscar Peterson doesn't get a name-check!"

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21 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Without Gravity: Tenderfoot

Folky Icelandic quartet operates in that malleable middle ground where 'sentimentality' is both a good and bad word.

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21 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Violent Femmes: Freak Magnet / Viva Wisconsin

I think most people would be surprised to hear that the Violent Femmes are still together and making music. Perhaps no other band has been so well known for their debut album, and only their debut album, than the Violent Femmes, whose eponymous 1982 album made them the darlings of disenchanted college and high school kids everywhere.

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	Mem Shannon: I’m From Phunkville

New Orleans funk/jazz/bluesman sounds good, but that's part of the problem.

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	Sting: Bring on the Night [DVD]

The 1985 documentary in which Der Schtingle forms his first post-Police band and demonstrates for the first time that he will soon become a hopelessly pretentious British pretty boy.

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21 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Maktub: Say What You Mean

I wanna have frontman Reggie Watts's babies.

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21 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Insane Shane McKane: I Put the Ho’ in Hoedown

Just the other day I was reading an online article about Toby Keith and how he was miffed that some factions of the public have

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21 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cartel: The Ransom EP

Looking for something subversive? Dangerous? Criminal? Threatening? Look somewhere else.

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21 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

Annie: Anniemal

Anniemal is one sugary sweet delight that you'll want to indulge in regardless of its cavity-causing qualities.

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

A dynamic turncoat, Connor Oberst shakes off his emo skivvies for more digital fare. The result: fewer tears, fewer horn-rims and more dancing...

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rescue Me

Rescue Me's rhythms are uneven, its tone sometimes spastic, its humor bleak, and its insights into masculine melodramatic pain as acute as any show on TV.

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Lifeguard (1976)

A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hostage (2005)

More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.

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20 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	33Hz: 33Hz

Say it's the end of the night, and you need some music that's going to convince everyone to get off the dancefloor and leave the club immediately. 33Hz is your band.

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	Pete Seeger: The Essential Pete Seeger

A better title for this compilation would be: The Most Famous Pete Seeger. And because it's not, here's a rant.

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