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	Various Artists: The Only Doo-Wop Collection You’ll Ever Need

Doo-wop music is the most beautiful music ever made in this country. It was highly avant-garde and highly populist at the same time.

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	James Yorkston and The Athletes: Just Beyond the River

Scotland's James Yorkston is onto something special. Just Beyond the River is less summery than anything he's done before. But these songs crackle with the warmth of a fireside on a rainy autumn day.

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24 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Mars Volta: Frances the Mute

The moment that the Mars Volta’s new album Frances the Mute leaked, listeners began reacting strongly to it. PopMatters writers Justin Cober-Lake and Adrien

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24 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ian Brown: Solarized

You are an American, probably male, approximately 30 years of age, and your affinity, when it comes to music, for everything British has waned considerably over

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24 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Built Like Alaska: Autumnland

These songs are an eclectic mix of mostly sad thoughts, infused with small town ennui and presented in a haunting and hypnotic manner.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Shield: Season 3

The Shield's moral center perpetually shifts, as the Team members struggle to maintain their sense of balance, caught between the outright villains and their own dishonesty.

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Millennium: The Complete Second Season

Frank's newly troubled family life was the first of many alterations made to the format of Millennium during its second season.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sam the Man (2000)

If Sam the Man didn't tackle some difficult relationship questions so perceptively, its horrible lead and crappy lighting would have sunk it.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Shanghai Ghetto (2002)

As survivor Henry Meisel observes in one of the supplemental, extended interviews: 'It's amazing how people can improvise.'"

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

She Hate Me (2004)

As the last bill appears -- a three dollar 'bogus' bill featuring George W. Bush's face -- Spike Lee laughs. 'Hopefully, by the time you're seeing this DVD, he'll be out!'"

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Nine Good Teeth (2003)

While the director suggests he wants make an objective film, Nine Good Teeth is undeniably skewed to display Nana in the best possible light.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hello Down There (1969)

Having failed to hold onto small-town American values during the late '60s mod explosion, the nuclear family man here flees to the bottom of the sea.

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The Grudge: Special Edition (2004)

Precisely composed frames of urban and ancient architecture give way to Karen's face, deftly shadowed and shot from low angles, as Karen struggles to decipher the symbols that set her course.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002)

The film's point is to suggest that emotional withdrawal is symptomatic of contemporary Japanese culture.

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The American Astronaut (2004)

At an hour and a half, the film is transporting to look at but only intermittently fun to watch.

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23 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Music From the Chocolate Lands

Another cutesy compilation concept from the Putumayo label overcomes predictability with some truly infectious songs.

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	Old 97’s: Old 97’s Live [DVD]

In their first (but hopefully not last) concert DVD, these alt-country stalwarts damn near blow the roof off Hollywood's Troubadour.

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23 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Martika: Toy Soldiers: The Best of Martika

Just missed pop diva and historical footnote, Martika gets the 'best of' treatment, leaving everyone but her most sentimental fans wondering why...

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23 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Libretto: Ill-Oet: The Last Element

Libretto takes Coolio's funk revival and gives rise to slum funk, a sound heavily influenced by the Stylistics and the Delfonics.

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23 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Joy Zipper: American Whip

This is an album of conflicted tunes that tease the listener with pure pop melodies subverted by gallows humor.

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Fave Five: Alpine

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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