Reviews
Footloose: Special Collector’s Edition (1984)

The dancing might be dated, but the film is not.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Finding Neverland (2004)

'Play' is a means to define childhood, to prolong mythic innocence, to grant nobility.

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23 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Alfie (2004)

Jude Law's performance is wholly charming and energetic.

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	Red Eyed Legends: Mutual Insignificance

The group's second EP is a step forward from their debut but is held back by Chris Thomson's lack of engagement.

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	Pigeon John & the Set Trippin’ Trio: Sings the Blues

From the Good Life to a pretty good life, Pigeon John is lookin' all right these days. So, why is PJ singin' the blues? Because he's Pigeon John, damnit!"

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22 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Kills: No Wow

The Kills sound like the end result of a very young Al Joergensen fucking a few well-chosen smurfs and coming up with a cross between 'Effigy'-era Ministry and The Blue Men Group, with Smurfette on lead vocals.

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22 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jeff Finlin: Epinonymous

On his fourth album, Finlin captures the anonymous lives of America in poignant aural postcards translated though a folksy gruff voice. This is the everyday writ large in deep emotions, sung in a style that conveys the world-weariness of time and age.

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	Carlos del Junco: Blues Mongrel

Carlos del Junco is the best blues harmonica player in Canada.

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22 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Die Monitr Batss: Girlz of War

This full-time side project of the guitarist from the Gossip demonstrates an extraordinary studiousness after its members passed their Rough Trade 101 class (with honors!), but that's about all it does.

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22 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

Akron/Family: Akron/Family

The latest arrival to the burgeoning freak-folk movement makes a strong case against the easy labeling that will eventually come.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Man or machine? On inorganic compositional techniques and a band with many members.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dipping into moonshine stills and juke joints these guys spit forth something so feral that you can't help but be moved.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unbound energy and the problem of too perfect.

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Forget what you know, drop the glam and allow Ian to enter. Why? Because all the misplaced glitter has finally rubbed off.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Drunken college kids can (and will) dance to anything with a beat. And, in most cases, it will look funny.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The local band we all loved in high school, but much better live...

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Saturday by Ian McEwan

While the final effect is like a pointillist painting that adds up to something amazing, waiting for McEwan to connect the dots becomes a little tiring.

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Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History by Devin McKinney

McKinney sets out to re-place the greatest band in rock and roll history within the context of the volatile time in which the band exploded into the public consciousness, changing the band, its four members and everyone forever.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Inner Circle by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Kinsey remains an enigmatic figure, one of Boyle's numerous gurus that his fiction has distrusted so readily over the last several decades.

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22 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Beginning this book was like engaging in conversation with a Born Again pro-lifer at a clinic picket line.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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