Reviews

11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Boom Pam: Boom Pam

Boom Pam has a way of taking old music and juicing it with new ingredients, finding a twist, an angle, that brings it to life and makes the audience forget that it's old.

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What Made Milwaukee Famous: Trying To Never Catch Up

Re-vamped reissue of the Austin band's self-produced debut is that indie album you've been dying to get excited about. What could've been an exercise in stylistic mimicry ends up as one of the year's best rock releases. Sweet!

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11 Dec 2006 // 4:55 AM

Sleeper Cell

As Darwyn and Farik cat-and-mouse their way to an inevitable showdown, their stakes turn sensationally and reductively personal.

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Some Action: The Band That Sucked the Life Out of Rock n Roll and Killed Itself in the Process

NYC punk rockers want to be your Joey Ramone... but fare best when they take things down a notch.

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The Inner Banks: The Inner Banks

The Inner Banks have crafted a gorgeous, warm, gently winding debut worth returning to again and again.

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Phonophani: Phonophani

After receiving a limited edition release in 1998, the self-titled album by Phonophani eventually became one of the most critically acclaimed electronic records ever to come

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

That 70s Show: Season Five

Season Five improves on the previous one, beginning with Eric hitting the road to track down Donna and Kelso (Kutcher) in California to let her know how he really feels.

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Queensrÿche

While most hard rock bands of the era were focused on rowdy debauchery, Queensrÿche staked a claim as one of the most intelligent bands in the genre.

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Pete Townshend: Scoop / Another Scoop / Scoop 3

Townshend provides inessential but insightful look into his recording history.

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What is the What by Dave Eggers

I'm glad the book's been so successful; it makes me feel less guilty about finding it such a drag.

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Michael Jackson: Visionary: The Video Singles

It's impossible to think of anything Jackson could do to stop the bleeding at this point. This ain't it, though.

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Summer Hymns: Backward Masks

Zachary Gresham's fourth full-length wraps edgy lyrics and complex instrumentation in silky smooth country rock textures.

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Elite Beat Agents

Think Men in Black meets The Blues Brothers, and you'll have an idea of the craziness that awaits you.

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Tangerine Dream: The Essential Tangerine Dream

Justly named, this compilation from the peak era of electronic space rock pioneers Tangerine Dream tops all others in capturing the band's expansive, propulsive sound.

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Mark Helias and Open Loose: Atomic Clock

Tenor-bass-drums play every which way jazz can go in a session to match the best of 2006.

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Andrea Bocelli: Andrea Bocelli: Under the Desert Sky

Holiday season cash-grab from the Italian tenor pairs a CD of live versions and one or two unreleased duets with a PBS-aired concert from Lake Las Vegas.

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South Park: The Complete Eighth Season

South Park's eighth season is dubbed "the year from hell" by co-creator Trey Parker.

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Brothers of the Head (2005)

This film is laden with creative possibilities, yet suffers from a surfeit of cinematic and artistic clichés.

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40 Watt Hype: Strong Feet on the Concrete

Fresno, California's recipe for spicing up the usual hip-hop dish -- a fistful of funk, a splash of R&B, a couple of guest chefs to play the brass, and a whole lotta funk.

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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Comfies: Close to Me

The Comfies are comfortable, almost too comfortable on some of these songs.

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