Reviews

20 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sword: Age of Winters

The Sword’s debut does cater to the non-metal crowd, but contrary to what the cynics claim, doesn’t alienate metal fans one bit.

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Catherine Tuttle is a few years and few harsh break-ups away from true greatness.

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The jazz pianist and composer constructs an absorbing, career-summarizing fantasy soundtrack.

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Oysterband hire a hall, invite some musicians to jam, rehearse a little, and put on a show with songs about booze, love, and murder.

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As usual, Part 2 deviates from the norm, this time by releasing a solo album that somehow manages to be a completely collaborative effort.

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Australia's latest export fares well in their full-length debut.

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Join me on the murky banks of whatever river might exist in Sheffield. There we will find pheasant, green pheasant, and it will be folky and delicious.

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Bejar's career-defining seventh casts itself toward infinity…comes up aces.

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	The Sugarcubes: The DVD [DVD] / Live Zabor [DVD]

With her pixie-like looks, dazzling vocal range, and mesmerizing stage presence, it was hard not to focus on Björk.

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See, there's a secret that we don't know about the afterlife.

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17 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

The 2006 Plug Independent Music Awards

Getting past the taco stages is a formidable challenge for any indie awards show. Why? Because cheering all things independent is harder than it looks.

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17 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Proof (2005)

As John Madden says, the film's central issue is 'validation', in emotional and familial, as well as mathematical and metaphorical, frameworks.

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17 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Freedomland (2006)

The new Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore thriller is full of hauntings, institutional and personal.

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It's a no brainer. Even a five-year-old with a Casio could remix Billie Holiday and make it appealing.

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quio: Like Oooh

Quio comes off like the infuriating classmate who seems intent on proving that charm alone can pass classes -- sure, she may often be right, but what will she have accomplished?

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bellini: Small Stones

Small Stones manages to offer more than most records twice its length. It is a beautiful marriage of melody and dissonance.

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Juillerat climbed onto the world musical stage last year when she won a Unicef-run Björk remix contest with a sparse, ominous version of "Army of Me".

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While often handed the freak folk label, the trio of extended meditations here reveal Wooden Wand to exist on a different plane from the likes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsome, or even the more sonically adventurous Animal Collective.

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Three-disc compilation of defunct UK label collects 70 tracks of obscure folk and folk-rock from the '60s and '70s. Turtleneck sweaters, goatees, and flowers not included.

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Perhaps not that many people have noticed, but it's been well over a decade since Snoop Dogg had an original thought.

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