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	System of a Down: Mezmerize

System of a Down have exceeded expectations, and they're only halfway done.

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	Mannie Fresh: The Mind of Mannie Fresh

Mannie Fresh has a very interesting mind. The word 'interesting' does not always mean something good, but here it does. This shit is bananas.

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	Johnny Maddox: Dixieland Blues

Gutsy stuff, lively and swinging, men who did it 75 years ago did it again 25 years later, jazz of 1929 with novelty ragtime interludes.

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24 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Konks: self-titled

True garage rockers that they are, the Konks more than live up to the standards of Bomp! Records, and the legacy of its founder, the late Greg Shaw.

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There's nothing like playing a show for a few thousand of your closest friends.

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The Lone Gunmen - The Complete Series

Being a network TV show and therefore bound by certain attractiveness requirements, The Lone Gunmen couldn't just follow the nerds.

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24 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Eurovision Song Contest 2005

What Americans have to gain, if they can catch the show, is a lesson in geopolitics rarely offered in such an entertaining way.

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One For My Baby by Tony Parsons

Today's Tony Parsons writes like a sensitive new millennium New Man, but he's still the same old unreconstructed hack he ever was.

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24 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Around the Bend (2004)

Henry's instructions bring Turner and Jason to important landmarks that dredge up memories and force them to face events that have haunted their lives.

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	Various Artists: Basement TV, Vol. 1 [DVD]

No interviews or extraneous footage, just live hip-hop performances at the record store or in the club presented by L.A.'s Basement Records.

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	Various Artists: Live at Continental: Best of NYC - Volumes 1 and 2

In a time when rock clubs are failing or being shut down faster than they can be reopened, clubs like the Continental are becoming more and more important. Captured here are 46 songs that provide a snap shot of New York's punk scene circa 1999.

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The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: Love in the Fascist Brothel

San Diego post-punkers redefine the meaning of the word 'full-length' with a 24-minute long player that swaggers, swoons, stomps, and spits its way into becoming one of the finest pieces of hardcore fury you're likely to hear this year.

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	Nobody: And Everything Else…

On which underground West Coast stalwart and Scott Herren compadre Elvin Estella sadly fails to do it better.

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	Marian McPartland and Friends: 85 Candles—Live in New York

This is a splendid and well-planned pair of CDs with a lot of music well worth hearing and more than a few surprises.

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	Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger

On their debut album, the English band proves they're much more than the latest trend.

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	The Lucksmiths: Warmer Corners

I know they're Australian and easy-going, but please don't continue to overlook the Lucksmiths.

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	The Robert Cray Band: Twenty

Like a great pair of jeans, Robert Cray is easy to take for granted. His latest is nothing new, nothing startling, but it's comfortable, sturdy and built to fit your curves.

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23 May 2005 // 3:00 PM

The Big Town (1987)

In Cullen's rise to the top, he summarily steps on everyone who tries to help him or slow him down.

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23 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

I'd never tell this duo that I love their music; they'd just roll their eyes and blow smoke in my face.

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23 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Smallville

Lex's desire for all things Clark turned increasingly fraught and increasingly intimate this season, often bordering on the homoerotic.

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