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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Jessica is alone, contemplative, and distressed.

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28 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hide and Seek (2005)

Dakota Fanning seems alternately to be channeling Beetlejuice-era Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams.

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	Martha Wainwright: Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole [EP]

Following her brother Rufus's arrival as a major pop talent, Martha Wainwright looks to make a similar dent with her raw brand of anti-folk.

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27 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

The Slackers: International War Criminal EP

The best band to emerge from the late '90s ska boom opts for a more straightforward sound on its latest album, and goes after W on an ensuing EP. Neither finds the group at the top of its game.

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	John Wesley Harding: It Happened One Night & It Never Happened at All

An intimate evening is captured perfectly on It Happened One Night, while the companion disc It Never Happened at All lets loose more layered studio versions of much of the same material. The result is one warmly recorded and wonderfully reminiscent travel back in time, and one mistake that perhaps never should have happened at all.

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	Frog Holler: The High High’s & The Low Low’s

A between albums EP to tide over fans of Frog Holler's countrified rock. This time the guitars are turned up loud.

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27 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Edo. G featuring Pete Rock: My Own Worst Enemy

With the release of My Own Worst Enemy, Edo. G rolls off the assembly line as music’s next best thing, a “throwback from the ‘9

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	The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button

Push the Button is rounded and accomplished where 2002's Come With Us was uneven and tentative. If you were worried that an unfocused fourth album was the beginning of diminishing returns for the pair, their fifth album serves as a reminder that the Chemical Brothers should never be underestimated.

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27 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys [Deluxe Edition]

Though this edition does have a few of the goods, the definitive document of early Cure is still the US cassette edition of Boys Don't Cry.

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27 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Roy Ayers: Mahogany Vibe

Perhaps no other musical innovator has stuck as consistently to the middle-of-the-road as Roy Ayers. Ever since Ayers abandoned his strict jazz roots in order

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27 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Wang is heinous in the extreme, not because of its content, but because of the offhand manner in which it is presented.

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27 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

It disappears is constructed around an obscure personal symbology that is nearly impenetrable.

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Neither Rick nor Tania makes the mistakes that make Westerners, and especially Americans, disliked overseas.

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	Paul Simon: The Paul Simon Songbook

When you listen to The Paul Simon Songbook and notice the 1965 date attached to most of the songs, you think, “Hey, that’s kind of

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26 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	My Robot Friend: Hot Action!

My Robot Friend is almost unclassifiable. How do you explain a robot who grows a human heart and decides to devote his existence to producing

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	Grant Langston: Road Side Service

At his finer moments, Langston's lyrics are reminiscent of the adept wordplay of fellow country crooner Lyle Lovett.

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	The Icicles: A Hundred Patterns!

The Icicles produce nearly perfect pop music, full of big choruses and occasionally heart-tugging lyrics. But is that enough?"

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	Headlights: The Enemies EP

Ex-Absinthe Blind and Maserati members paint their indie rock in black, and their debut is one of the most exciting and breathless releases of the past year.

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26 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Graham Coxon: Happiness in Magazines

Former Blur guitarist lets his hair down and earns his right to pop.

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	Call and Response: Tiger Teeth EP

Tricky things EPs. They often serve as brief placeholders for bands that want a break from recording and the road, but need to have some

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