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Alejandro Escovedo String Quartet + Mark Mulcahy

Guys with guitars. Guys on stools. It either works or it doesn't, depending on a simple but volatile combination of words, melody, and personal charisma.

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Sonic Youth: The Destroyed Room

Sonic Youth's accidents and mistakes add up to an exciting new statement of their own.

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17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Tony Hawks Project 8

Tony Hawk's Project 8 is not a revolutionary game, content to improve slightly on its seven predecessors.

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17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Damien Rice: Nine

When not indulging in cloying string arrangements or abusing lyrical clichés, Damien Rice's 9 is mostly tedious.

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Hoven Droven: Jumping at the Cedar

Tune after tune rises and rears and smashes down, coming to rest here and there in the calm pools of "Kom Hem" and "Årepolska".

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17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Creation by E.O. Wilson

Written as a long, personal letter to a fictionalized Southern Baptist pastor, The Creation is one scientist's way of reaching out.

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Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley- The Ed Sullivan Shows [DVD]

This set of all three complete Sullivan telecasts on which Presley appeared captures Elvis's point of entry into mainstream American consciousness. And, in context, it's easy to see just why he made such a splash.

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The First 48: The Most Intense Investigations

Perhaps this real life detective show is a little too much like real life: a lot of tedium with only an occasional interesting happening.

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Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us [DVD]

Buried beneath the excessive adoration and dizzying camerawork is an amazing concert.

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Ronnie Wood: Anthology: The Essential Crossexion

First-ever career-spanning compilation offers highlights of the British guitarist's four decades as a solo artist and group member, including the Faces and the Rolling Stones.

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17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Faithless: 3D

Make yourself comfortable, and get ready for 230 minutes of Faithless mixtape action.

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Main Flow & 7L: Flow Season

An emcee and a producer continue hip-hop's tradition of collaboration. The result: solid, but not groundbreaking.

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17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Vince Gill: These Days

Four complete CDs is a healthy box set for many artists, but usually not a singular offering for most. Nevertheless, these days are certainly happy ones for Vince Gill fans.

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15 Dec 2006 // 2:30 AM

Dreamgirls (2006)

The decidedly uneven score embraces the music of its moment, from soul to Motown to pop to disco, all filtered through Broadway, which means it's all too watery and white.

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

As quick and resolute as Chris may be, he's still caught up in the fiction around him, The Pursuit of Happyness, which is not nearly so smart.

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15 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

Home of the Brave (2006)

You pretty much know what's about to happen in Irwin Winkler's utterly sincere and poorly executed look at veterans' troubles readjusting to the World.

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15 Dec 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ricardo Arjona

Few people in the U.S. have heard of Ricardo Arjona, but when he arrived in Buenos Aires last September, his 34 shows there sold out in just hours.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Garth: Unleash the Hound

The San Fransisco-based DJ showcases party-grade electro-house with a retro twist from his Grayhound label.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:02 PM

Stephan Crump: Rosetta

Not loud, not simple, not rebarbative, not monotonous, not short on linear, harmonic or textural imagination.

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The Twilight of Atheism by Alister McGrath

There can be little doubt, looking across the horizons of contemporary society and assuming any objective measure, that the notion of godlessness has reached a nadir.

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