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The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage

It wouldn't be so distressing if these tests simply existed innocuously in their own little pocket of American life; the reality of it is that they find their way into nearly every aspect of how we live our lives publicly.

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	Various Artists: The Sound of Young New York II

Is it OK to forgive New York now? I mean, seriously, they tried to get their act together, to make a go of having a “

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	Various Artists: Sounds Eclectic 3

Navigating the homogenized fog of commercial radio can be perilous, but Los Angeles-based public radio station KCRW-FM is a beacon of individuality and independence. KCRW—

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3 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Matthew Shipp: Harmony and Abyss

Jazz’s directional changes always lead to new cross-pollination of styles; forward-thinking shifts rub off on the surrounding genres of hip-hop and electronica in ways

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3 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Múm: Dusk Log

What is it, exactly, about Iceland that inspires such awe-inspiring music? Is it the discordant presence of scenic vistas and lush greenery in a land

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3 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Automato: self-titled

If you want to make some kind of racial point out of Automato’s debut album, I won’t stop you. There’s certainly some

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3 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Autolux: Future Perfect

Autolux is the band that Pavement and Pastels lovers in the mid-'90s were hoping for. About a decade too late.

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3 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jason Anderson: The Wreath

So much of Jason Anderson’s career has revolved around idolatry. Inspired in 1996 by an Elliott Smith concert, the singer/songwriter formed Portland, Oregon’s

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3 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rocked with Gina Gershon (2004): Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon's made quite a name for herself as a B-movie actress.

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Reba: The Complete First Season

Reba happily infuses the character 'Reba Hart' with the star's own perkiness and sweet spirit.

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The 4400: The Complete First Season

The 4400 intimates that most of the returnees' integration problems boil down to fear approximating a post-9/11 'dread of difference'.

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Boy Meets World: The Complete Second Season

How did Boy Meets World manage to stay on the air for seven years?.

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Wild at Heart: Special Edition (1990)

'The most rewarding thing about working with David,' says cinematographer Frederick Elmes, 'is helping him see the vision through.'"

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How to Steal a Million (1966)

When Simon enters the picture, it doesn't take much (a few batted eyelashes and Audrey Hepburn in a nightie) for him to overlook her father's crimes.

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	Various Artists: This is Indie Rock: The Best Bands You’ve Never Heard

Many of these songs make no impression whatsoever -- which smothers the genuine gems.

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2 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

Neil Young: Greatest Hits

As a one-disc career-spanning compilation, Greatest Hits manages well, even if the two-disc retrospective Decade (1977) offers more in-depth analysis.

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	Snow Patrol: Live at Somerset House: August 8th 2004 [DVD]

When a band really succeeds live, they have the power to take the audience on a trip. Whether you’re front row or 100 yards away,

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2 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Plush: Underfed

Billed as a companion piece to 2002’s Fed, Underfed might actually serve better as an introduction to that album, which heretofore was officially released on

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	The Panoply Academy: Everything Here Was Built to Break

This release combines two of my favorite rock music collecting quirks: bands with names that change like snowshoe hares, and odds ‘n’ sods compilations. Superficial

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2 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Necrophagist: Epitaph

Death metal, when at its best, is one of the more fascinating styles in heavy metal. Its tight, extremely rigid arrangements, accented by dizzying flourishes

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'Epitaph' Dispels Hollywood Myths About the Gunfight at O.K. Corral

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"Doria Russell finds heroes in the errant in Epitaph, a novel that captures the realities of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and much more.

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