Reviews

5 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth

Three reminders of the multiple ways that Sonic Youth has played around with popular music over the last 25 years.

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3/4hasbeeneliminated: A Year of the Aural Gauge Operation

A strange, twisting, bizarre, memorable experience: when it finally stops spinning, you might just re-think what all music should sound like.

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The Leano: Steps to Leanoland

The Leano, an English rapper, fails to join the progressive hip-hop bandwagon with his dire debut album.

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Casey Dienel: Wind-Up Canary

A debut album that dazzles with imagination, heart, and a style that's genuinely unique.

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Shooter Jennings: Electric Rodeo

Waylon's son ups the country quotient on Album #2, maintains the high quality and sense of humor

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Raising the Fawn: The Maginot Line

Toronto's Raising the Fawn might not get the attention the rest of the Broken Social Scene splinter groups receive, but the band is emerging as one of the best of the lot.

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5 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Various Artists: NY2LON

Reveal US bands to UK audiences, and vice versa, and what you have is an album of unsigned talents that are finally getting their due.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Even fantasy can make you question your loyalty to your homeland and the unthinking tendency to follow orders and make you reevaluate what your eyes see versus the rhetoric fed to you in school, by your family, and by your leaders.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Pepper Dennis

Pepper 'wants it all', family, romance and a successful career, yet is now realizing she might not get it. It's enough to make a girl crazy.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Henry Rollins Show

It's very, very hard not to pull for Henry Rollins, even if he has spent too much time on MTV and has a resume to make you sick with envy.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Capote (2005)

As Miller and Kimmel finish one another's sentences and demonstrate a charming sort of sync, the artists here suggest how Capote came to be such a tight, complex, and elegant film.

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Daddy Yankee: Barrio Fino En Directo

Daddy Yankee has had much success leading the big reggaeton parade, but there's just no telling if this (Daddy) Yankee doodle dandy is truly here to stay.

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Keith Fullerton Whitman: Lisbon

A single live document of the latest -- unabashedly noisier -- developments in Keith Fullerton Whitman's Playthroughs drone project.

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Various Artists: See You on the Moon! Songs for Kids of All Ages

Indie rockers take on their most challenging project yet -- writing songs for kids.

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Magneta Lane: Dancing with Daggers

Lexi Valentine takes Chrissie Hynde's sweetly sour alto and wraps it around Debbie Harry's blasé romanticism for an emotionally potent vocal style that conveys the same tender toughness as those two peerless women who came a generation before.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mary Jane Lamond: Storas

This sinfully pleasing Cape Breton singer revisits traditional Gaelic songs with accompanying musicians and a voice as clear as the Bras D-Or Lakes.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mellowdrone: Box

Bring on the major leagues: Mellowdrone answers Columbia's call with the 21st century's answer to corporate rock.

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4 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Placebo: Meds

Despite forays into heavier metal-inspired sounds or electronica, a new Placebo album becomes an exercise in slight variation, little more.

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Heather Headley: In My Mind

Hearing love song after cheating song after being cheated on song makes In My Mind the textbook definition of a generic "adult" R&B diva album.

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3 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

9 to 5: Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical Bigot Edition (1980)

Producer and star Jane Fonda nails it: 9 to 5 endures because of its 'historical synchronicity.'"

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