Reviews

4 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Badi Assad: Wonderland

Assad creates a moodier, but equally enthralling, complement to 2005's excellent Verde.

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Forro in the Dark: Bonfires of São João

This album is meant for club dancing, not folk dancing. It's for those who find enjoyment on the margins.

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4 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

James Cooper: Second Season

With a string of musical influences that run from Richard Hawley to Dylan to the Waifs and Crowded House, James Cooper knows what makes a

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The Robert Cray Band: Live From Across The Pond

Cray shows why he is just so damn good and yet so damn underappreciated.

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Sebastien Schuller: Happiness

Electro-acoustic ballads from a French-American singer-songwriter are perfect for a rainy day.

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4 Dec 2006 // 4:00 PM

Attack Force (2006)

Bad stuff happens in Seagal's "Titty Bar of Death"; bad accents, too – just British enough to be super-villainish, just French enough to be cowardly.

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Death in the Bunker: The True Story of Hitlers Downfall (2006)

Michael Kloft's simple-yet-effective documentary draws on rare archival footage and some first-hand accounts to re-create the hellhole that was Berlin in spring 1945 -- and the denial and chaos in the bunker complex beneath it.

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4 Dec 2006 // 2:30 AM

3 Needles (2005)

3 Needles' point is well taken, even if its melodrama is underwhelming.

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Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots

Shiny Toy Guns revel in being retro-pop, so it should come as no surprise that the inviting and punchy “You Are the One” is a

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Black Devil Disco Club: 28 After

Disco isn’t dead; it’s just been hanging out in the underworld for a while. In 2004, the album Disco Club by Black Devil, which

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Hammock: Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo

This band got some ink and some ears tuned into them thanks to having some of their work used during the Torino Olympic Games coverage by NBC.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Adrian Klumpes: Be Still

Complex, restive minimalism from an Australian avant-jazz musicians

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Light of Evening by Edna OBrien

This is a novel about feelings as much as events. You must be willing to immerse, to submerge.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Lady Sovereign

"Haaa!" squelches Lady Sov, tossing her "ginger ale" all over a fan in the front row. "Didn't think I would do that, did ya?"

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device by Exene Cervenka

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device fulfills expectations and excitement of long-time fans, and can also stand alone as a solid representation of mixed media art today.

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Snoop Dogg: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

Snoop Dogg invites a bunch of friends to the studio, records a small army of songs, accomplishes not much of anything.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Danava: Danava

Portland's Danava takes the "hip" out of hipster metal on its decidedly unfashionable debut.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Okami

The world is literally a moving painting and from the fluttering grass to the chirping birds and animated townspeople, everything feels absolutely alive.

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Various Artists: ESL Remixed: The 100th Release of ESL Music

A reinvigorating take on the polished sounds of ESL, putting careful craft to better use.

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Math and Physics Club: Math and Physics Club

For those searching for an album of genuine notions and enchanting melodies, this one just might be the perfect fit.

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