Reviews

8 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Rammstein: Reise Reise

By using the repressive trappings of heavy metal to comment on repression both physical and spiritual, they have achieved a uniquely subtle synthesis of satirical form and function.

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8 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Le Chevre: self-titled

Le Chevre likes the sounds of '80s videogames and the acoustic guitar. Put down your Trapper Keepers and rock!"

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The Klezmatics: Brother Moses Smote the Water

This review will be relatively short, as I have run out of synonyms for “amazing”.

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	Heartless Bastards: Stairs and Elevators

The newest car to emerge from the garage rock has a female behind the wheel. It's a better model than what has been driven out lately, but there's still some fine tuning needed.

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	Thomas Fehlmann: Lowflow

Ambient in the age of Prefuse 73 sees Orb collaborator Thomas Fehlmann working the clicks & cuts into impressive sonic smokescapes to achieve an album that struggles to attain solidity in a genre that sees too much ephemera.

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8 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

DC/Virginia institution Teenbeat, founded by Unrest's Mark Robinson, was built on the same strict DIY ethic as Ian Mackaye's Dischord, and offered just as much in the way of memorable music. To bad those memorable bands would never get back together for a legendary anniversary gig. Oh wait...

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A harrowing tale of midweek fatigue. Featuring: Sandra and her breakdancing buddy.

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8 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

There's nothing lazier than comparing a pop band to The Beatles. And you, the PopMatters faithful, deserve better...

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8 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ida are much better singers than lyricists and on their best songs the strong suit helps you forget the weak one. Of course there are those others...

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8 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

'What the hell? Ben Folds has a band?' I've been looking for an excuse to use 'chucklehead' in a headline. Thanks dude.

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7 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	UGK: Chopped & Screwed

You think being chopped and screwed doesn't sound like a good time? Listen again...

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	Phoenix: Live! Thirty Days Ago

No cries of 'Judas!' or radical reinterpretations on this live album from the amiable French band -- just by-the-book renditions of wickedly good pop.

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	Harris Newman: Accidents with Nature and Each Other

With his innovative folk influenced instrumentals, Harris Newman is going to make the lapsteel guitar a far cooler instrument than a boring old electric guitar.

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7 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Four Volts: Triple Your Workforce

Four Volts: more electrifying than their name suggests.

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	Dasher: Panoramic Blast

Dasher rock like David Bowie. Like the New York Dolls. Like Royal Trux. Like you would rock if you actually did rock.

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7 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Czars: Goodbye

Strange without being technically strange, The Czars have created an album that defies categorization through sheer generic quality.

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	Boom Bip: Blue Eyed in the Red Room

Where Bryan Hollon used to walk, he now runs, but he's still travelling through unique landscapes of wonder, tenderness and fear.

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7 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

SCTV: Volume 3

SCTV: Volume 3 finds the show in the midst of its gonzo stride.

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Paul Robeson - James Earl Jones One Man Show

We learn that racial discrimination drove Robeson into his performance career, which he thought of as a form of resistance.

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The Mystery of Charles Dickens

Veteran actor Simon Callow gives life to Ackroyd's demanding script, which weaves historical and personal anecdotes in and out of dramatizations from Dickens' oeuvre.

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