Reviews

12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Rakim

Jay-Z, now 37, claims “30 is the new 20.” Maybe. Or maybe he's just afraid that if he embraces his age, he'll be unfairly cast into the “old school” bin.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Ciara: Ciara: The Evolution

I want Ciara to succeed, because she seems to be a nice fun sexy pop star and we need more of those.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

But if Agu finds humanity at its lowest point, he also finds solace in a different sort of faith, offered by true friendship.

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Dave Matthews Band: The Best Of Whats Around Vol. 1

The perfect primer for the new fan, it also deserves to worm it's way into the collections of Dave's diehard fans.

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Brightboy: Love For The Streets

Brightboy aren't just a Killers wannabe band, though they stray in that direction.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Pinback: Nautical Antiques

Enter indie stalwarts Pinback. Enter rarities collection Nautical Antiques. Enter one of the finest additions to their catalog.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Absolute Dark Knight

In a way, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is Miller turning his back on The Dark Knight Returns and trying to give readers a different take on superheroes.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cut Copy: Fabriclive 29

Cut Copy seem like the kind of DJs who are happy merely to play good records.

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Pete Townshend: Empty Glass

The highlight of the recent set of Townshend reissues -- and of the last 25 years of the man's career, for that matter.

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Inside the Actors Studio - Dave Chappelle

This conversation between James Lipton and Dave Chappelle is an example of an honest dialogue from an artist who sees himself as a mass of contradictions requiring further analysis.

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Police Squad!: The Complete Series

In order to "get it", viewers had to pay attention. Most weren't willing to take on that responsibility.

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11 Dec 2006 // 11:18 PM

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Why is the Christmas message in "family movies" repeatedly reduced to splats, farts, bruises, and winky-wink sex jokes?

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11 Dec 2006 // 10:00 PM

Darker Than the Deepest Sea by Trevor Dann

What makes Drake's story a recurring fascination for fans -- and creates a minefield for the would-be biographer -- is how little it yields in solid facts, how much of romantic embroidering and speculation.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

WonderGround: Become Water

Languid lo-fi pop from some LA drifters.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:02 PM

Form of Rocket: Men

The guitarist of death-punk outfit Form of Rocket is named Peter Makowski.  There is a song at the end of the album titled “Peter

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Brighter: Out to Sea

A collection of b-sides and rarities from a band whose career was terribly underrated... as seems to still be the case.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Minus the Bear

Asleep or awake, bears are extraordinarily predictable animals: they're either on a search for food or a place to rest.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

This Filthy World (2006)

The 'Pope of Trash' may look like a fiend, but he has the authority and enthusiasm of a professor – the kind who can pack the auditorium.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Crash: Pony Ride

One of the best "Britpop" albums of the year, courtesy of a band from Finland.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Landon Pigg: LP

Landon Pigg’s debut album is not at all what I expected from this former kiddie-music singer (his credits include a pair of Ronald McDonald

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