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Various Artists: Project: Bicycle

A fascinating examination of how different people can interpret one single sample.

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11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Half Nelson (2006)

Dan's take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005)

"Here, no man tells me what to do," says Maria. Indeed, they have found a bizarre sort of freedom in their existence, at once abject and glorious, desolate and fulfilled.

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Queer Duck: The Movie (2006)

Queer Duck's gayness cannot be suppressed, not even by a chesty show tune-singing diva or a homophobic evangelist.

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11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Hard truths, hard times. Prisoners find revelation, redemption, and forgiveness in the words and wisdom of Shakespeare.

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Kottonmouth Kings: Koast II Koast

It's the stuff legends are made of -- hot beats, tight hooks, and a truckload of cannabis references from a do-it-yourself hip-hop crew.

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10 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home feels like an anomaly, a graphic novel with no idea that graphic novels are seldom written this well.

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10 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lost Sounds by Tim Brooks

This week: Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 by Tim Brooks.

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Grace Jones: The Grace Jones Story

What exactly is Grace Jones’ legacy? A hedonistic disco queen? An androgynous new-wave android? A snarling feline captured in photographs by Jean-Paul Goude?

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Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet: Way Out East

Chamber jazz of the highest order, for quartet (trumpet, bassoon, cello, piano) -- a perfect mix of composition and improvisation

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Wrinkle Neck Mules: Pull the Brake

The strongest feature of Pull the Brake is its everyman appeal -- you can sing along from your Prius, your pickup, your Porsche, or the paddy wagon. And that's what country music is about, yes?

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10 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Small Sins: Small Sins

Small Sins could be a guilty pleasure or just a fine accompaniment to your late summer state of mind.

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Various Artists: Radio Thailand

It switches rapidly from one sound to another as if the listener is wandering down a street catching brief snatches of radio from different doorways.

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The Meat Purveyors: Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse!

Checking out what songs a band decides to record and what approach gets taken can prove illuminating. This seems especially true of those on the new album by that punk bluegrass group from Texas, the Meat Purveyors.

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Kid 606: Pretty Girls Make Raves

Kid 606's schizophrenic career now provides us with, of all things, an old school techno album.

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John Fogerty + Willie Nelson

Both John Fogerty and Willie Nelson have been musically reborn, but are they better for it?

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Various Artists: My Old Man: A Tribute To Steve Goodman

This spare, folkie homage to the Chicago singer-songwriter Goodman, who died in 1984, was constructed by his daughter Rosanna, a musician in her own right who

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Creatures of the Golden Dawn: An Incident at Owl Creek Bridge

The Creatures of the Golden Dawn seem perfectly content to be a band outside of time. Their convincing psychedelic garage sound would’ve landed them

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Vanna: The Search Party Never Came

Emocore needs an act like Thrice, a creative band capable of crossing over from the adolescent crowd to mainstream rock. What emocore doesn’t need

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10 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Shapes: The Shapes

It’s exciting to find an unsigned band who are on the verge of making it. This tingly vibe is currently attached to New York

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