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Simple Minds: Black & White 050505

Cynics beware: this is not a band cashing in and checking out, or a band trying to recapture any past cultural significance; it's a band that still has something to say and a beautiful way of saying it.

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Various: Sand & Steel: The Classic Sound of Jamaican Steel Drums

Two hours of the steel drum? Yes, but be careful not to indulge both discs at one sitting. A fine introduction to this often underappreciated instrument.

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26 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Viva La Bam: Seasons 4 and 5

Of everything to come out of the Jackass realm of reality programming, the Margeras were the sole masterpiece.

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26 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Monk

Now entering its fourth season, Monk finds itself in a precarious position.

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The Dirtbombs: If You Don’t Already Have a Look

Like the tiger doesn’t belong in that cage, the Dirtbombs don’t belong underground.

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The Green Pajamas: 21st Century Séance

Watch out, Bono. While you've been busy in Africa, This Seattle band has been stealing your moody pop.

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Julia Sarr and Patrice Larose: Set Luna

Set Luna is an album of serene, sweet-natured flamenco with a strong West African twist.

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Patty Hurst Shifter: Too Crowded on the Losing End

Neat riffs! Brilliant and depressing words! That’s yer Patty Hurst Shifter, right there.

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The Ark: State of the Ark

Swedish glam-rockers serve tacks in their dessert.

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Love Story in Blood Red: Love Story in Blood Red

Ex-Means singer Jason Frederick turns from blues-garage stomp to twitchy, sardonic pop.

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Various: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

60-song companion set to PBS special that gives an entertaining, if not always educational, listen.

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25 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Ludacris: The Red Light District [DVD]

As one might expect, a DVD devoted to Ludacris' real-life exploits comes a bit short of winning the endorsment of the Christian Coalition.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Failure... assumes an air of smug, detached irony, as a lot indie comics are wont to do.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

For a comic mystery to work, you need a skilled writer and skilled artist working together on the top of their game.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

We Are Scientists

Enough with the dum-dums. We want Scientists.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

South Beach

Despite the seeming scandal and sensationalism, the series is bland and unmemorable.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

American Idol 5

American Idol is an entertainment industry shark, a brutally efficient money-making machine.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s by Michael W. F

Flamm eventually pieces together an all-too familiar scenario in which scheming conservatives (barely) triumph over befuddled Dems via mantra-like repetition of easily digestible sound-bites.

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Various: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974

Marina Records reaches into the vaults of time to offer up 20 kraut-a-delic ditties from Germany's dalliance with British mod and American counterculture.

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The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out

Not ones to be bashful or to hold back, Brighton’s The Kooks open with a whiplash-inducing clutch of certain singles.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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