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Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible—10th Anniversary Edition

It remains a galling, cankerous reminder of the painful and profound issues that the majority of pop music has always been designed to mask. If the album seems strained in places, overwrought in others and unimaginably grim throughout, it is still -- despite these flaws -- a vital and demanding work.

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19 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Paul Gilbert: Space Ship One

Guitar wunderkind Paul Gilbert delivers another fine solo effort -- backed by Linus of Hollywood and Marco Minnemann -- that marries pop with metal and rocks its melodic way into your heart.

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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic

Everyone's favourite purveyor of blissful beats has gone ballistic, and the smoking gun suits him -- when you're armed with as much talent as Hebden, you can make your own rules.

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19 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Deep Thinkers: Necks Move

One gets deep. The other just thinks. Unequal halves. Will the disparity be reconciled?"

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	Dinosaur Jr.: You’re Living All Over Me

The best of the early Dino Jr reissues, this recording proves its relevance. Again.

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19 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

It's good to know that Alan Moore is still with us.

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Sweet teeth breed cavities. But, then, sometimes fillings can be fun.

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19 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Scrubs: The Complete First Season

Scrubs is, at its worst, a competent sitcom, and at its best, a shortlist candidate for best scripted program of the post-Seinfeld era.

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My Life in the Middle Ages: A Survivor’s Tale by James Atlas

Atlas is at his best in the essays where he examines larger issues that resonate in his own life.

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William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino contains Shylock's temper as reaction, looking simultaneously vile and vulnerable, hardly a simple balance.

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For all its lavish effects, Sith's primary purpose is to showcase Anakin's dilemma.

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	Various Artists: 4 Women No Cry

4 Women No Cry establishes a new space for female musicians, one grounded in pure creativity, art for art's sake. And it's only just begun.

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	Kid Loco: The Graffiti Artist (Original Soundtrack)

Kid Loco's new release attempts to prove the worth of original score albums, and, inevitably, fails at its doomed mission.

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	Petra Haden and Bill Frisell: self-titled

The two surnames conjure evocative atmospheric punctuations, summoned from a dark recess of the metaphysically combined subconscious charted somewhere along the courses of the S.S. Bill and the U.S.S. Chuck. However, this Haden is one of the triplet daughters of Charlie. And the Frisell presented here is, well... still Bill. The collaboration is evocative, atmospheric... yet uniquely sweet.

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	Gong: Angel’s Egg (Remastered)

This remastered version of Gong's classic album is a perfect example of a band finding the ideal balance between sense and nonsense, structure and improvisation, and spirituality and satire.

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	The Coke Dares: Here We Go With… the Coke Dares

The Coke Dares grind out 32 songs in 32 minutes on Here We Go With. A rip-snortin' good time!"

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18 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Candlemass: self-titled

Got doom?"

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Architecture in Helsinki: In Case We Die

By painting their already imaginative songs with dazzling new colors, Architecture in Helsinki are quietly reinventing the pop song.

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18 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

How do you mobilize a community comprised of young artists more concerned with nurturing voice than elevating it in protest? Throw a badass benefit concert.

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18 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jack & Bobby

No matter how much we learn of the President, he remains distant, a mythical figure recalled with admiration by friends and foes alike.

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Why Aren't More Artists Working in the Medium of the Mobile App?

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"Recently, I began looking for developers who design and publish apps with the specific intention of making them artistic. As it turns out, there's not much out there.

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