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The Coup: Pick a Bigger Weapon

The Coup's back to bomb the system, and they've brought the funk with them.

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Katatonia: The Great Cold Distance

Magnificent vocal melodies and exceptional songwriting craft collide on one of the finest metal albums of early 2006.

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25 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Latrice: Illuminate

Soul-house veteran enlists Kaskade and Jay-J to man the boards for first solo album. It's as smooth and lush as you can imagine, but still...

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Jandek: Khartoum Variations

Duchamp's urinal or Texaco's?

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Wordsworth: Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition

The re-release of Wordsworth's 2004 debut proves that syndication might work for television, but it won't do for hip-hop. It's better to make new mistakes than to keep repeating old ones.

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25 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Super XX Man: X

X looks back on ten years of Scott Garred's own little brand of musical therapy.

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Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Gipsy Freedom

The mystic ones pull back their hoods, emerge from the mist, and reveal themselves as... regular guys? What the...?

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25 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ass Ponys: The Okra Years

For the most part, The Okra Years presents a better version of the Ass Ponys than the band's few fans from that era might remember.

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	Recyver Dogs: Live at Tresor Berlin [DVD]

Laypeople may not get much out of this DVD, but techno enthusiasts who have been to Tresor may get misty-eyed.

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American Masters - Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

The documentary argues that Hemingway tried to answer Ezra Pound's call to 'make it new'. His version of new was compressed: his language -- so precise, so alienated -- formed infamously short, tough sentences.

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Shopgirl (2005)

Director Anand Tucker insists his film is not about the glitzy L.A. It is, instead, about an L.A. populated with 'ordinary people just like you and me, getting on with their lives.'"

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Net (2004)

I only feel comfortable reiterating Kaczynski's arguments by framing him as the result of an experiment gone wrong in the state-sanctioned exercise of force.

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Image Before My Eyes: A History of Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holocaust (2004) - PopMatters Fi

The film distills its photos, films, recordings, and narratives into a profoundly potent and heartrending vision of lost European Jewry.

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Casanova (2005)

This would be the cleaned-up, wearisome, supposedly romantic version of the notorious Casanova.

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24 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Aeon Flux (2005)

The writers' commentary track is smart, instructive, and funny. The film is less so.

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

'The Bat-man of Gotham' is real and very human, but also very mysterious and in one sequence of this story, even mystical.

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Tinariwen

thumb the low bass strings and simultaneously pick and twang the higher notes, masterfully demonstrating the link between the Mississippi Delta and the Saharan sands.

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Ron Sexsmith + Kathleen Edwards

Ron Sexsmith used to dream about one day headlining Massey Hall, so much so that for years he declined offers to open for other artists at the venue. Now his day has finally come...

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

What About Brian

At one point, a frustrated Marjorie screamed at Brian, 'Don't Brian me!' I have no idea what that means.

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24 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Shalom in the Home

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's self-help reality series means to dissect the dilemmas facing the new nuclear family, looking for ways to stave off misunderstandings and other meltdowns.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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