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Stephanie McKay: Stephanie McKay [EP]

McKay preaches about life in the hood and rising above it. She tells her audience that each of them can better themselves in a passionate, dramatic voice.

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1 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Cities: Variations

Interpol/Bravery/Bloc Party also-rans get reworked by Ladytron and others on this new EP. The results, too, are mixed.

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Everything That Rises Must Converge

It's become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to find an appliance that merely serves its original function -- a phone that is just a phone, for example.

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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2005)

The case against John Lennon was jumpstarted by a very scary image, namely, the musician and a black man on daytime TV.

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Dear Nora: There Is No Home

The last album from this Portland outfit is an eclectic bit of work that rarely leaves one bored. Whether it is the drone-ful “The Dream

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Chingy: Hoodstar

Hoodstar has no skits, so it's got that going for it...

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Various: The World Is Gone

Melding the current sounds of grime and dubstep with folk melodies and wispy female vocals, Various takes Massive Attack where it should have gone.

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Charles Mingus: Music Written for Monterey, 1965. Not Heard…Played in Its Entirety, at UCLA

All Mingus asked for was the impossible. More often than not, he achieved it.

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Abominable (2006)

In many ways, Shifrin can be seen as the contemporary version of Don Glut, that monster movie obsessed kid from the '60s who hung around with Forrest Ackerman and made Super-8mm epics in his backyard featuring all of his Favorite Monsters of Filmland.

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Jesse McCartney: Right Where You Want Me

Jesse McCartney is a Lunchable: prepackaged to the point of absurdity.

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J.J. Cale - To Tulsa And Back: On Tour With JJ Cale

To Tulsa and Back merely reinforces the common perception that J.J. Cale is laid-back and uninterested with stardom. As a result, it's also a wasted opportunity.

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Andy Kim: How’d We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride

With his unaffectedly yearning tenor and laconic delivery, Brill Building songsmith Andy Kim made bubblegum music suitable for adults.

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Scott H. Biram: Graveyard Shift

The Devil manifests himself in some cagey ways, musically speaking. Case in point: Scott H. Biram.

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Yellowjackets: Twenty Five

A survey of the group's first-quarter century: history, musical thinking, and an instrumental meditation on global warming apparently cannot date.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:30 PM

Shugo Tokumaru: L.S.T.

Tokumaru is a musical Philosopher's Stone; he transmutes even chickens into gold.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Masters of Horror

This season's Master of Horror series opens with three episodes where the kids suffer for their parents' mistakes, whether in judgment or fate.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Steril: Realism

Apparently, the folks in Steril would prefer to forget their last couple albums ever existed.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sketches of Frank Gehry by Sydney Pollack (2005)

Sydney Pollack's film captures Frank Gehry's story exquisitely, taking us from initial conception to finished form.

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Square: The Mike We Like Remixes

There are many of us who still enjoy listening to Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, this release doesn't accentuate what we like about his music.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Diddy: Press Play

It’s definitely an enjoyable listen, although that’s due to hot beats and great collaborators as much (or even more) as it's due to Diddy himself.

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