Reviews

9 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Seeing such violence and destruction unfold in the streets of familiar cities rather than across an ocean is a poignant reminder no nation is invincible (even, gasp, America).

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9 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival: Day 2

Resurrecting the potency of hip-hop, or at least giving it a damn good go...

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Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito

As Esposito explains, a fearful crowd is far more dangerous and deadly than a calm one.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley is certifiable.

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Ari Roland: Sketches from a Bassists Album

The gigantic sound of Roland's bass gives this quartet set, classic bebop mostly of his compositions, an individual sound. Chris Byars certainly has one of the most beautiful sounds on tenor today.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Extra Golden: Ok-Oyot System

There were three reasons why I wanted to love this album...

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The Black Heart Procession: The Spell

For their fifth album, Pall and Tobias seem stuck on Three Mile Autopilot.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Like Young: Last Secrets

Chicago's the Like Young buries hatchets, sings songs, and sounds fresh, pulling away from the stripped garage sound and heading into a thicker, more complicated version of the future.

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Elvis Costello/The Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue

Costello's latest non-rock excursion finds him fronting a 52-piece jazz orchestra at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

NOMO: New Tones

Heady band encourages dancing and contemplation in measures that aren't quite equal, and that's a good thing.

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Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno: Starless and Bible Black Sabbath

This damaging riff-quake from Japan's premier freak-rock collective may very well be the sound Woody Allen had in mind when he coined the phrase "maximum heaviosity".

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8 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

That 70s Show: Season 4

From commonalities to clichés, That 70s Show runs the gamut.

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Sergeant Bilko - 50th Anniversary Edition (The Phil Silvers Show)

The first episode, 'New Recruits', is a wonderful introduction, establishing not only characters and set-up, but also the series' underlying morality.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season

The girls are back. And, as demonstrated in The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season, the series' original sophistication has come back with them.

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8 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist: Season One

Dr. Katz relies on the familiar conceit that comedy is therapy, for performers and for us.

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Art School Confidential (2006)

As much as Jerome's harsh appraisals of his peers and teachers appear to be warranted, Art School Confidential doesn't exactly endorse his aspirations.

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8 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival: Day 1

Hip-Hop goes to Hartford in search of something new.

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Ether: The Nothing that Connects Everything by Joe Milutis

Milutis' book is a manifesto for something that seems to be driving artists everywhere. Although it hides behind language of academic criticism, it is an anti-critical call to arms.

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The Veronicas: The Secret Life of the Veronicas

Sure, the potential is there, but so's all the fluff.

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Neil Young: Living With War

Neil Young may not have been born in the USA, but on Living With War he sounds born to run.

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