Reviews

12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: MTV2 Presents: Shortlist 2004 Nominees

The Shortlist Awards are kind of like the Grammys for indie music.

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	Wayne Shorter: Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter

The career retrospective is a particularly fraught commercial exercise when it comes to jazz. Musicians that recorded as sidemen on one label released LPs under

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	Pet Shop Boys: Somewhere [DVD]

The real story with Pet Shop Boys and with Somewhere is the music, and on that point the show is flawless.

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	Michel Portal / Richard Galliano: Concerts

The squeezebox is definitely back beyond being damned by George Shearing’s repeating the old definition of a gentleman: a man who could play the

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	Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am [DVD]

Jerry Lee Lewis: certifiable icon or rogue caricature? The pianist-vocalist has been characterized as both, perhaps inevitably: he is known as much for his firebrand

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Kid Casanova: self-titled

If anything bad could be said for the advent of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, it might be that their ability to write their own

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	The High Dials: Fields in Glass EP

The stopgap EP, with the possible exception of the greatest hits re-recorded album, may be the least respected release in a band’s catalogue. Bands

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	Jay Geils / Duke Robillard / Gerry Beaudoin: New Guitar Summit

By naming their first recorded collaboration New Guitar Summit, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin place themselves in a tradition of great guitarist meetings.

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Godsmack: Changes [DVD]

These days, DVDs have become a staple in popular music, as every act now puts them together on a regular basis, and while many music

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

De La Soul: Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996

Released around the same time as The Grind Date, its seventh studio album, De La Soul’s Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996 is a time machine for fans old and new. Then again, De La Soul has consistently managed to sell records by never aging.

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12 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Air: Surfing on a Rocket EP

Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin, the two musicians who make up the electronic outfit Air, are a couple of smooth characters who seem to have

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

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10 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

The sensational Buddy Guy is his own, allusive story, as he incarnates a bridge between generations and styles.

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10 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (Wesley Snipes) looks tired. I mean, weary. He's been fighting vampires for three films now, and it shows.

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9 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Peter Walker: Landed

Peter Walker’s story is the kind that millions of aspiring rock stars waste their days dreaming about. After playing in numerous bands while schlepping

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	Saint Etienne: Travel Edition 1990-2005

Imagine, for a moment, a different sort of universe. This is a world where Madonna does not reign over our pop culture. Instead, we get

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	One Star Hotel: Good Morning, West Gordon

Just as they guiltlessly plundered organ riffs from the Band and made them their own last year, One Star Hotel again walks the fine line

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	John Lennon: Rock ‘n’ Roll

There is a widening chasm between the necessity of re-releasing classic albums and the compulsion to feed off the bleached bones of departed icons. With

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	Keane: Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears is one of those albums that I want to like. Or rather it’s one of those albums I know I should

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9 Dec 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Brian Eno: Ambient 4: On Land

It seems that in the world of popular music, the golden period allotted to many great artists spans just one decade. There may be flashes

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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