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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

2 Bit Pie: 2 Pie Island

2 Pie Island, for the most part, might as well be the next Fluke record, even as it outshines anything Fluke ever did in both variety and scope.

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The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

Some of the more public statements of current Scottish academic critics show signs of having taken in others' washing without noticing that it isn't clean.

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Kristin Hersh: Learn to Sing Like a Star

Fusing old with new to make an improvement on new: when you can do that on your own terms, why would you ever want to sing like a star?

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Wolf: The Black Flame

Dependable, retro metal fun from a band that refuses to believe it's not still 1981.

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Allen Clapp: Something Strange Happens

The DIY musician employs everything from weirdly distorted squeals made by his broken-down recording equipment to scratchy samples of the drum tracks on old records to produce his distinctive sound.

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Glow Worm

Glow Worm is pretty, to be sure, but what good is a puzzle game that never actually puzzles?

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Quinceañera (2005)

Much like a well-meaning but bewildered child stuck in the awkward years between childhood and adolescence, Quinceañera is too unsure of its self to be assertive and, thus, lacks an identity (good or bad).

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: 40 Bands 80 Minutes [DVD]

40 Bands is an introduction to a whole lot of bands that clearly will have a lot to offer when they have more than two minutes to play -- and one guy who can make a sandwich with his feet.

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Denison Witmer: Safe Away / Are You a Sleeper?

Reissue of sensitive Philly songster's 2002 debut full-length, served with an extra disc of sincerity.

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16 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Panic Channel: (ONe)

There are flashes of talent that make it sound as though the Panic Channel very well could amount to something more than a mid-'90s tribute band.

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Various Artists: Five Way Street

At last this key band has been memorialized on a tribute album. For devoted Buffalo Springfield buffs, it's a must-hear.

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15 Jan 2007 // 11:00 PM

Primeval (2007)

Two plotlines come together thematically, as the militias are "killing machines" much like the crocodile is purported to be, and neither attracts the attention of white Western media or intervention by international peacekeepers.

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15 Jan 2007 // 9:03 PM

+/-: Lets Build a Fire

With a band name that renders Google search helpless, it’s not surprising that +/- named their third full length Let’s Build a Fire.

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MV/EE & the Bummer Road: Green Blues

This has got to be a must for your ‘60s-obsessed buddy who won’t stop telling you that they don’t make them like they

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15 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Darren Gaines, who is The Key Party, says things like, “The Key Party came to me like someone else’s wife at 3 a.m. on

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The Prisoner: The Complete Series - 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition

It's a show that still causes heads to spin some 40 years later. But what makes The Prisoner so special is not its spy drama approach, but its anti-conformity agenda.

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John Lee Hooker: Specialty Profiles: John Lee Hooker

A short selection, bought or recorded by, and issued on the Specialty label, of Hooker in his early 1950s late prime.

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15 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

About Alice by Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin's loving tribute to his wife showcases the best of the woman he so often included in his essays.

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15 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Cave Painters by Gregory Curtis

These people may not yet have invented the wheel but Alley Oops they were not.

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15 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Entrance: Prayer of Death

Trance blues and gypsy reels celebrate mortality in Blakeslee's fourth full-length.

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