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Three awe-inspiring shows that couldn't have less to do with each other. Three amazing nights that shouldn't have ended and really, should've ended me.

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27 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Over There

In exploring the dilemmas posed by TV and technology, Over There just about keeps pace with the war it's depicting.

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Elvis by the Presleys: Intimate Stories from Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Other Family

It's a puzzling decision: these images of banal ephemera simultaneously humanize Elvis and canonize him, treating his possessions as holy objects.

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27 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Twenty Bucks (1993)

Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.

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Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Collector’s Edition (1988)

Before you've had time to acclimate yourself to any themes and motifs, before you have any context, you've already been assaulted.

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	Wakefield: Which Side Are You On?

Wakefield may create empty pop songs cynically designed to reach modern rock radio, but don't hold that (entirely) against them.

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26 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tosca: J.A.C.

The Viennese G-Stone sound is alive and well, and J.A.C. is a fine example of some of the best downtempo music being made today.

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26 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Sex Pistols: The Great Rock and Roll Swindle [DVD]

Still, 250 hours of footage, and none of it showed up on this DVD...? Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

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	OCS: 3 & 4 (Songs About Death and Dying/Get Stoned)

Lo-fi, 28-track, double-disc set that has some moments of grandeur, a few that are head-scratching, and some that will leave you happily puzzled.

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26 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	R. Kelly: TP.3 Reloaded

Few artists in recent times, besides maybe Prince, are more prolific and consistent as Kelly has been throughout his career.

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26 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Doxies: Weight of Gold

The Doxies present a promising pop-rock album marred by horrid production and some unfortunate recording decisions.

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	Daedelus: Exquisite Corpse

Daedelus, the humble producer, is way more impressive than he realizes, and this album is almost proof.

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	The Backdoor Men: Sodra Esplanaden 3

A look at the short career of 1980s Swedish garage rock mods shows they were dedicated followers of fashion.

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26 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tara Angell: Come Down

Folk-gothic, ghost-ridden debut channels Marianne Faithfull meeting Nick Drake and punching him in the head. Now mandatory for cross-country drives.

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26 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

It takes real guts to remain decidedly immature after all these years. Even as John Linnell and John Flansburgh enter middle age, their skewed worldview remains firmly in place.

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26 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Situation: Comedy

Situation: Comedy is a reality show where NBC producers break the fourth wall, turn to us half-wit boobs and ask, 'Got any ideas?'

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The Brady Bunch: The Complete Second Season

Here again, you'll experience the split-level ranch house, beaded vests, Astroturf, and 'groovy' vocabulary.

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26 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Lives of Rain by Nathalie Handal

This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.

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	Various Artists: Buzzin’ Fly Volume 2

Studious house from Ben Watt's ultra-hip label. Is this what party music sounds like in the terrorist age?"

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25 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Wolf Parade: Wolf Parade

A Brilliant Sample Of Their Fall Debut. Will Summer End Already!?"

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