Reviews

12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Joanna Newsom: Ys

And we all fall down slack-jawed to marvel at Joanna Newsom.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

U2: U2: The Joshua Tree

Originally released in 2000, this film explores the making of U2's masterpiece that forever changed the landscape of rock.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Enigma: A Posteriori

Enigma? You betcha. Only this latest riddle is trapped inside a problem of going to the well 12 too many times with a formula that, while interesting at times, is just far too stoic and stale.

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Whitey: The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train

The problem with constructing a sound almost exclusively out of obvious influences is that it's easy to become defined by a tame sense of craftsmanship.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

If religion, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, is the fashionable substitute for belief, then The Da Vinci Code, judging by author Dan Brown’s quasi religious following, has asserted itself as the fashionable substitute for religion

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Mark Feldman: What Exit

Downtown violinist supreme makes his ECM debut.

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African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track

To walk the path from the Upsetta to Electronica, you must get Off The Beaten Track.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Giuseppe Andrews: Giants

Like listening to the soundtrack to a primal scream session, or cracking open a crazy man's cranium and sneaking a peak inside, this twisted troubadour crafts one of the most satisfying -- and ominous -- soundscapes in recent memory.

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Skip Heller: Mean Things Happening in This Land

Organ, guitar, and drums has been a standard hack format, so perhaps it's another quirk of Heller's to use it for something quirkily interesting.

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10 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest

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Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant

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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Copying Beethoven (2006)

Ed Harris is inspired, inventive and nuanced. At times he appears to be performing in another movie, the better one that might have been.

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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Harsh Times (2006)

Harsh Times is something of a blunt instrument.

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9 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Good Year (2006)

As lovely as she may be, Fanny has her work cut out for her in A Good Year.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Maybe Professor Hilbert knows exactly how right he is, given the film's relentless archness: it knows that you know that it knows it's meta.

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9 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.

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Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?

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The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America

From bar band to arena-ready rockers, the Hold Steady reach near-Springsteenian heights on their third album.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Losers: Endgame

In the end, the remaining Losers give a big "Screw You!" to the United States Government.

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9 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman

The laughs come from Blachman's Seinfeld-like eye for detail and [Woody] Allen-like fondness for the absurd.

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