Reviews
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Souls’ Chapel

Stuart knows how to make anything fun… even a religion that is being used as a bludgeon by our current presidential administration and many of our legislators.

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	Esther Phillips: Jazz Moods / Hot

A slice of '70s soul from a singer who always brings it, even when her material is a semi-discofied mixed bag.

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	Eric Lewis: Hopscotch [CD and DVD]

A non-anonymous set by a pianist the expert employment agency of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra booked, trio then suddenly unaccompanied swinging in a two-handed style with Jaki Byard for precedent. You get to see him play all but one track on an accompanying DVD.

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24 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	J-Live: The Hear After

The triple threat completes his opening trilogy with resolutely impressive panache, establishing a firm platform for mature hip-hop that thinks as hard as it hits.

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	Black Halos: Alive Without Control

Memo to the band: Just be yourself.

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24 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jim Boggia: Safe in Sound

Jim Boggia's sophomore collection showcases his emotive voice, as well as a great sense of wordplay and melody, in 12 songs that range from confessional ballad to upbeat full-band bounce.

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	Blue Highway: Marbletown

Like a rock. Like a rock of marble. Like a town of marble. With a highway leading to it. A blue highway. Playing bluegrass like a rock. A rock of marble...

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The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season

The commentary tracks repeatedly demonstrate the mutual respect and camaraderie of the Simpsons veterans.

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24 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

HOPELESs Pictures

Spoofing celebrities is easy. Finding the humor in a pitch meeting may be a little more complicated.

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24 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Darkwatch

You can see what it wants to do and what it wants to be, but when it falls short all you can really do is grimace and say, 'Aw... well at least it tried.'

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The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise by Corey Dolgon

Even (assumedly) well-meaning liberal conservationists and local celebs' valiant acts of working-class empathy and attempts at preserving the area's history can't escape Dolgon's sharp criticism.

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XXX: State of the Union: Special Edition (2005)

D quotes Tupac -- 'Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal' -- and hip-hop saves the nation.

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	Abigail Washburn: Song of the Traveling Daughter

Abigail Washburn proves that bluegrass and bamboo flutes make perfect musical bedmates.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bob Sharkey Quartet: Foolish Nightmare

A tuneful and relaxing jazzy folk-rock blend that uses sweet guitar fills to make emotional turmoil-filled songs go down smoothly.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Woody Shaw: Stepping Stones

Crackling live '70s hard bop from the trumpeter who might have been king.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Teena Marie: Robbery (Enhanced Version)

After leaving Motown, she was still going strong when she reached Epic. Robbery is made for the dance floor.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mahi Mahi: (re)Move Your Body

In spite of the classic techno array of crisp drums, electronic beats, synthesizers, and heavily processed vocals, they play what could only pass for dance music in New England.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hiltmeyer, Inc.: Sendling 70

If I press the Mega Bass button on my CD player the tracks become almost totally obscured under the cacophonous low-end rumble.

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	Dexter Gordon: Jazz Moods: ‘Round Midnight

Interesting samples of late Dexter Gordon, but with unrepresentative, plain wrong inclusion of a Round Midnight film soundtrack item without mention that Gordon was there representing the performance of an impaired musician.

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	Broken Spindles: Inside/Absent

So this is what happens when you tour non-stop with the Faint. You step out of the dance party and retreat into the sanctuary of your laptop.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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