Reviews

11 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Sinner

Jett and the Blackhearts can still rock out, but do so in frustratingly short bursts on new CD.

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Amy Millan: Honey from the Tombs

An interesting, confused, and ultimately satisfying solo album from the Stars vocalist.

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Travis Blaque: The Many Facets of…

After 20 years on the hip-hop scene, Travis Blaque has finally delivered his first full-length solo record, and it is a solid effort indeed.

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Christian Kiefer: Czar Nicholas Is Dead

Christian Kiefer, composer and literature professor, sets imagined Russian landscapes to music in a haunting series of abstract compositions.

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11 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Picture: Connect

Predictable and conventional, nothing here is quite ready to actually connect.

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10 Sep 2006 // 4:00 PM

French Kicks + Sound Team

I've always kinda liked the French Kicks. They have kinda catchy, kinda mellow, kinda cool songs...

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I Love You But Ive Chosen Darkness: According to Plan

Even more gothic 'Dear John' letters.

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The Mae Shi / Rapider Than Horsepower: Do Not Ignore the Potential

The dangers of bi-focal split-LPs are many, but these two acts make it fun, regardless of the innevitable judgment of which is the better band.

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Marion Meadows: Dressed to Chill

Sax virtuoso continues to deliver a range of riches and cool jazz grooves.

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8 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Various Artists: Free the P

Consciousness rap goes international in a effort to spotlight the plight of Palestine.

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8 Sep 2006 // 3:20 AM

Hollywoodland (2006)

Simo is as self-inflating and lost as George Reeves, his heroism as flimsy and sad.

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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (2005)

Discrete in their aesthetics and tempos, the fight scenes do comprise a certain characterization, though not in usual sense.

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8 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Rebecca Hart: Crash & Strum

Sometimes funky, sometimes forumlaic, this female singer-songwriter reminds you of her forebears, but still manages the occasional item of interest.

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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

This 9/11 film is subtle to a fault; this is a quality you may not expect in a film from Danny Leiner, master of the vehicular stoner comedy.

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Everclear: Welcome to the Drama Club

People say Everclear is washed up. Reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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A Guy Called Gerald: Proto Acid: The Berlin Sessions

A Guy Called Gerald has been around long enough that it really doesn't matter whether or not his style is in fashion, because the sensibility he brings to the music is timeless.

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8 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kelis: Kelis Was Here

Sometimes you have roll up your sleeves and go to battle for your favorite artists. Luckily, Kelis provides plenty of ammunition.

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8 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Batman: Face the Face

It seems like over time, writers and artists tried to see who could create the darker Batman. DC finally realized that this had been played out, and with "Face the Face", they decided to lighten things up.

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Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds

An overlooked classic of exotic jazz gets the full RVG remaster treatment.

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8 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lotterboys: Animalia

Animalia is good for a few nods of the head and a giggle or three, but its proud superficiality ultimately becomes its downfall.

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