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2 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Finally, the monsters are given the chance to speak.

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King Tutankhamun: The Mystery Unsealed

The never ending mystery of King Tut's life and death is explored here.

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2 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Conviction

If you wonder whether the rookie lawyer will stick with his grim new gig, you must not know much about TV pilots.

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A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winch

Through no weakness on the author or publisher, it arrived not long after Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans, another American city at the opposite end of the country and century.

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2 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Weather Man (2005)

'The Chicago weatherman,' says Nicolas Cage, 'is a very important weatherman, because everyone in Chicago relies on him so much, and if he gets it wrong, it really ruins their day.'"

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Great minds collide, but there's as much friction as there is heat.

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B.Fleischmann: The Humbucking Coil

Canny post-rock pop goodness from Mr. Fleischmann, whose record Pop Loops for Breakfast is one of Matt Cibula's fave raves of this century.

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Lanterna: Desert Ocean, Geoff Farina et al: New Salt

Two completely different, and successful, takes on instrumental rock.

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1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

LunarTheory: LunarTheory

Canadian indie music that isn't much more exciting than the Canadian daily news.

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Oceansize: Everyone into Position

Precise, powerful, and provoked, Oceansize are anything but twee British choir boys. Finally, the land of sensitive stadium rock offers something different.

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1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

P.O.S. takes rap-rock to an entirely new realm, with an epic album that eschews misconceptions about the genre.

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Headscan: Pattern Recognition

This Canadian duo specializes in that vaguely Matrix-y soundtrack styled 'dark techno.'

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1 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ex-Boyfriends: Dear John

More fun than substance from these new-wave power-poppers, but they do look cute in ties...

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The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

If her bold themes and colors were undeniably 'Mexican', Frida Kahlo also painted her own experiences, beyond national or even gendered identity.

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The Colossal P.T. Barnum Reader: Nothing Else Like It in the Universe by Phineas T. Barnum

Cook writes that 'even at the height of radical Reconstruction, [Barnum] continued to promote brutally dehumanizing images of people of color on stage.'"

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Maximo newbies should try falling in love with A Certain Trigger first, but definitely save some room in your collection for Missing Songs.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The M’s: Future Women

The M's are actually torch carriers for the art of Noise Pop -- and the accent is decidedly on Pop.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

It's loud, it's fast, and it swings like a mother. In an age of increasingly toothless rock, this is rock 'n' roll that will still piss off parents.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

An absolutely straight-ahead live date for concert octet, believe it or not, from the usually smoove saxophonist.

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They got all this music from old cassettes, and a good portion of the tracks have significant dropouts or wobbles, lending them that oh-so-real aura so prized by us world music obsessives.

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