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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Being mere mortals, contestants are not expected to leap tall buildings, stop bullets, or outrace locomotives. Instead, they are tested on the human qualities of heroism: compassion, intelligence, attentiveness, and selflessness.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ali Farka Touré: Savane

Western blues is brought to the fore on Savane, the excellent final recording from Ali Farka Touré.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Heck's heartbreak, the most resonanting aspect of this film, is not necessarily a bad thing, but it sure does drain the piss out of Luce and Rachel's final, loving, lesbian embrace.

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Johnny Cash: Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971 [DVD]

If you're on a budget, and hankering for some vintage Cash on video, well here you go. But it's a bit stiff.

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Greg Graffin: Cold as the Clay

Graffin's distinctive vocals from his Bad Religion days transfer remarkably well into folk and country music

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Excepter: Alternation

An overwhelming drone of noise that's ceaselessly propelled chemically forward.

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Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer

At least the old Carrabba had a bit of slow crescendo in his whining.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Irma Thomas: After the Rain

New Orleans's Queen of Soul shows she has as much resilience as her hometown on her first album in six years.

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Various Artists: Paupers, Peasants, Princes and Kings

Few of these bands have anything like the personality it takes to become a great cover band. Some of them, however, do have the sense to come in out of the rain.

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Jeffrey Foucault: Ghost Repeater

Jeffrey Foucault is the kind of songwriter who works within tradition and furthers it in a simultaneous moment, a true glimpse into the future of folk music.

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Vivian Linden: Watch the Light Fade

Backed by a seasoned horde of Seattle musicians, Vivian Linden paints a dark, dreary backdrop on several of these songs so she can draw you

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2 Aug 2006 // 9:01 AM

Ted Wulfers: Cheap Liquor

Ted Wulfers lives in a hard drinkin’, hard lovin’, hard livin’ world—all of which comes out on his eight-song mini-album, Cheap Liquor. These are

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Cordovan: Highway 10 Blues

Gil Evans incorporated electronic music into his work, following up a conviction that the rhythm of new jazz should be, and had always been, what

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V for Vendetta (2006)

"He's a pretty complex man," says Hugo Weaving of V. "He's been imprisoned and tortured and abused mentally and physically... and then burnt in fire."

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

30 Days

It's not an earth-shattering revelation that illegal immigrants are people too. But 30 Days turned a debate too often reliant on PR spin or faceless statistics into affecting drama.

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Chip Taylor: Unglorious Hallelujah / Red, Red Rose

In these two discs, we get a full-on tour of the 62-year-old mind of one of the great American songwriters.

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Silversun Pickups: Carnavas

This enjoyable disc hearkens back to when indie rock hooks were big, and the guitars sounded even bigger.

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I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard

Reynolds serves as an admirable tour guide through his murderers' row of craptastically depressing tunes.

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Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan (2006)

The audience is in the position of an uninformed observer; like a tourist who wanders in... doesn't the language, just drifts around... sometimes feeling thrilled, occasionally feeling bored.

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scott Pilgrim, Vols. 1-3

Scott Pilgrim is one of the most enjoyable comics out there today, blending western and eastern artistic influences, as well as infusing its plot with various video game, comic book, movie and other pop culture influences.

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