Reviews

16 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Manuok: Manuok

It's pronounced MAN-YOU-OKAY. It's beautiful, weird, intense, and is out to break your heart. It's Indie music for grown-ups. Got it?"

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	James King: The Bluegrass Storyteller

James King gives country songs the royal treatment by singing them bluegrass style.

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16 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Home Video: Citizen EP

Home Video seem, at least ostensibly, to be a rock act, but their stylistic influences are definitely broad enough to qualify them for membership under the Warp umbrella: they are to rock as Prefuse 73 is to hip-hop, albeit nowhere near as accomplished.

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16 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

Tori Amos: The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper sounds like a collection of outtakes from a much better album. And there are few things more bittersweet than reflecting on what could have been.

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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

The enemies, no longer Middle Eastern sand demons, are now largely populated by females with a bondage fetish.

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16 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Godzilla: Save the Earth

First there was the halfhearted American release of Gojira, then there was the ill-conceived 1998 American Godzilla, and finally Godzilla made his leap into commercial work as the spokesperson of Imodium.

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	Various Artists: Close Harmony: a History of Southern Gospel Music (Volume 1: 1920-1955)

Southern Gospel was always about finding religion in four-part harmony. It was also, back then, one of the only ways that segregation could be somewhat obliterated.

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	Troubleman: Time Out of Mind

The ex-Jedi Knight don serves up an unexpected trove of Brazil-kissed grooves that suit shaking it on the beach as much as sharing a beanbag. Sunshine shots to survive the winter with.

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	Stephanie Says: Sex, Socialism, and the Seaside

In her latest project, Stephanie Winter, formerly of the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, captures the essence of a melancholy stroll by an English seaside.

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	Out Hud: Let Us Never Speak of It Again

Have acid, have cello, will travel: Out Hud flash back from dance music's past into its near future, dancing like loons. Join the party or get left behind.

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15 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: Songs

Willie Nelson is a country troubadour with few peers, and, as such, it's a virtual impossibility for him to release a best-of collection that's not worth listening to. Unfortunately, there's 'worth listening to', and then there's 'worth owning'.

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	Doris Henson: Give Me All Your Money

Singer books tour without band, then recruits band. Band members leave other bands, learn the songs, and then write a damn impressive debut. Introducing Doris Henson...

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15 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

It seems everyone loves Jeff Tweedy -- everyone but my roommate, Bob.

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15 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

How wrong they were...

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15 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

I still haven't figured it out...

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15 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

A solemn, introverted career bears a solemn, introverted farewell.

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15 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

For an hour and a half, everyone present got a glimpse of Lou Barlow being exactly the musician and the man he wanted to be. In some small way it felt great to be a part of that.

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	Various Artists: Tribute to the Cars: Substitution Mass Confusion

Twenty-one updated, retranslated versions of Cars songs by modern artists, superbly done, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the memory of Benjamin Orr.

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14 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	2pac: Loyal to the Game

Unlike Biggie, 2Pac refuses to stay dead. With every posthumous release, overzealous producers try and capitalize on his cult-like status, succeeding only in besmirching the discography of a great ghetto warrior.

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14 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Destroyer: Notorious Lightning & Other Works EP

Dan Bejar teams with Frog Eyes to bring some rock to the synth-based songs from last year's Your Blues.

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