Reviews

6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Syn: Syndestructible

The pre-Yes group, featuring a member of Yes, return during a lull in Yes to create music that, yes, sounds somewhat like Yes if Yes weren't Yes anymore. Confused? Get in line.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Young People: All at Once

As much as I may like Young People, I really wanted to love them. An uninspiring new album makes that much more difficult.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Take the Lead (2006)

There's something disturbing about the recent proliferation of films with this 'save the inner city kids' motif.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Phat Girlz (2006)

If Phat Girlz is about desire, for viewers even more than actors or characters, it is also about how that desire is constructed by images.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

Like the forces of Light and Darkness, Art and Commerce work within a negotiated, often tense, Armistice, as they have for hundreds of years.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lucky Number Slevin (2005)

Despite the title of the movie he lives in, Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is only partly lucky.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2006)

Based on the 'autobiographical' work of J.T. Leroy, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things announces itself as 'unreliable'.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Friends with Money (2006)

'Poor Olivia' (Jennifer Aniston), as her friends call her, is actually poor, at least compared to them.

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6 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Brick (2005)

Brendan, with the glasses, makes it his business to see what's going on, being the usual noir guy who walks mean streets.

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Paper Moon: Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day

Slow, dreamy, and reflective, Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day is perfect Sunday morning listening.

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Amandine: Leave Out the Sad Parts

Amandine's spare pop-folk sounds, gently accompanied by strings or muted brass or mellotron, are softly-observed, pretty pieces that can't for the life of them annoy.

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Jive 5: Collectors Gold Series

This is no jive: the true story of doo wop by a great vocal group that arrived late on the scene.

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Eagles of Death Metal: Death by Sexy

You know you'll feel like trash tomorrow, but you're going home with Death By Sexy anyway.

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Mr. E of RPS Fam: Diplomatic Affairs

Diplomatic Affairs is a mixed bag, but there's enough good stuff here to make it worth checking out. DipSet marks will like it special.

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Puerto Muerto: Songs of Muerto County

All horror film sounds tracks need not be horrifying or horrible.

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Black Ox Orkestar: Nisht Azoy

Black Ox Orkestar bring a darkly serious tone to the world of folk music.

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Langerado Music Festival Day Two Featuring Wilco, Robert Randolph, Keller Williams, and The Secret M

G. Love, B. Love, and prayers from a nondenominational pulpit.

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Langerado Music Festival Day One, featuring the Flaming Lips and Ben Harper

Bad backs, great glass, and the tragedy of the big, bad bunny suit.

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6 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tim McGraw: Reflected

McGraw's perfectly coiffed and toned body looks positively metrosexual.

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6 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ed vs. Spencer

As long as the challenge is engaging -- and who doesn't want to see grown men pick pub fights or infect friends with jock itch? -- our peeks behind the scenes are fascinating.

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