Reviews

1 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

NBA Live 2005

While I surely love this game, I also see the need to reflect on its place within a larger cultural, racial and gender milieu of social meaning.

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1 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Evil Genius

No sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads, but enough creativity and humor for one million hours of evil gameplay.

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The Bard’s Tale

Its premise is simple: our hero, the titular musician and rogue, must save the world by banishing a great evil and rescuing a trapped princess. If this sounds familiar that's because it's supposed to be.

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1 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

BloodRayne 2

As discomforting as BloodRayne 2's depiction of women as both hypersexualized and grotesque is, it's rather surprising to realize that the whole affair is actually pretty underwhelming.

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	Handsome Boy Modeling School: White People

Despite the album's numerous missteps, there are moments of genius here that the band would not have discovered without its willingness to fail. On what other album could you hear Cat Power reborn as a sultry trip-hop chanteuse, hear the lead singer of the Deftones (of all people) hold his own with El-P, or, best yet, hear Mike Patton sing a song that was genuinely pretty.

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	Hope of the States: The Lost Riots

The band is the next hurrah from England, and heir to its operatic art-rock throne... It's all so serious, so overwhelming, this rock music lifting the weight of the world itself on its shoulders.

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30 Nov 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Val Emmich: Slow Down Kid

Val Emmich won’t slow down despite his album title inferring that he might need some adult doses of Ritalin to keep him calm. With

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30 Nov 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Greg Davis: Somnia

Greg Davis seems like a bad bet to make it in the rock world, probably because, for all his eclecticism, he doesn’t really rock

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30 Nov 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Dear Nora: Mountain Rock

It’s this helpless feeling; suddenly the murder of thousands of innocent people is at the fingers of a four-year-old—I’m talking about President

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30 Nov 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Client: City

British synthpoppers Client never come out from behind their stylishly sneering masks enough to connect with their audience -- and without real intimacy or appeal, you're left with a bunch of tracks showcasing protagonists both bored and vaguely repellent.

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30 Nov 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Converge: You Fail Me

Fitting somewhere between the progressive hardcore madness of The Dillinger Escape Plan and the classic grindcore of Napalm Death, Boston’s Converge has been steadily

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30 Nov 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Blood Brothers: Crimes

After glimpsing a promo shot for Burn Piano Island, Burn, I was convinced the Blood Brothers were just another gang of screamo pretty boys doling

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30 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

When Uncle Tupelo split, I sided with Jay Farrar. Weird right?

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30 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Eight gigs are never enough. Games 9 and 10 bring Canada's 'Fall Nationals' to a fiery conclusion.

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30 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Cash begets closure. Finally, the dead can sleep.

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Tommorow's TV star mixes words with a rock-and-roll flameout. Jesus stands challenged.

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30 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

While she is certainly as self-possessed as the title claims, she does not move through the novel as an active agent, but instead merely reacts to the madness at Dupont.

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A Girl Like Sugar by Emily Pohl-Weary

It's essentially a glossy pulp Chick Lit novel masquerading slightly as something else altogether, a candy kiss hiding barbed wire.

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Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing by Benjamin Nugent

Throughout the course of the book Nugent is much more interested in explicating Smith's pseudo-biographical lyrics than in doing any of the metaphorical legwork required to come to any sort of decisive conclusions regarding Smith's life.

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30 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Bohemian Manifesto by Laren Stover

The bohemian ethic applies well to the new millennium young and young-at-heart populations eschewing the feed, breed, and greed way of life.

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