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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Siegel-Schwall Band: Flash Forward

You would be better off with a vintage Siegel-Schwall album, the earlier the better.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Calvin Johnson: Before the Dream Faded…

Johnson's vocals -- now deeper than ever -- sometimes veer slightly off key, and the beats aren't always perfectly locked in, but in its subtle flaws lies the album's charm.

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	Gang of Four: Return the Gift (U.S. Version)

Ever get the feeling you've been burned? Gang of Four demonstrates how to stay vital past 40.

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	Jerry Garcia Band: Live at Shoreline 9/1/90 [DVD]

Jerry Garcia Band performance for the ages falters in its DVD form.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kaci Brown: Instigator

At 17, Kaci Brown's got a lot of growing up to do. She's apparently well skilled at foursomes, though.

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	The Beta Band: The Best of the Beta Band: Music

The Beta Band spent the better part of their career trying to catch up to initial expectations, and they never gained enough traction to escape the incredible gravity of this 'lost' potential.

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25 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Adrian Belew: Side Two

The second in run of three albums planned for 2005 finds the eccentric guitarist satisfying his experimental tendencies.

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	John Arnold: Style and Pattern

John Arnold melds his influences to create an album true to its name -- Style and Pattern wields more style in one track than most entire albums.

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Stellastarr* + Giant Drag + Cedars

Rock 'n' roll and stolen cars: those were the night's bookends. But first, the rock 'n' roll...

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Freud’s Requiem: Mourning, Memory, and the Invisible History of a Summer Walk by Matthew von Unwerth

Freud's Requiem is subtly but importantly concerned with the increasingly strange, remote world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of what it seeks to do is illuminate that world.

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25 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

In Melinda and Melinda, full of women struggling to make their desires known to men who suppose they know what women want and mean, the women are infinitely less regular and more interesting.

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25 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Doom (2005)

The marines' mission is one of those 'bug hunts' made spectacular and more or less requisite for these sorts of movies by James Cameron's Aliens.

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25 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Capote (2005)

Capote reveals the dangers of journalism in search of authenticity and based in intimacy. It also reveals the monster Capote sees in himself -- or more accurately, the monster the movie sees him seeing.

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	Liz Phair: Somebody’s Miracle

Liz returns from her experiment in mainstream pop with another mainstream pop record. She's as catchy and as banal as ever.

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24 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Public Enemy: Power to the People and the Beats

On their greatest hits album, Public Enemy offer up frustration, fire and a desire to ignite a revolution by assaulting the masses with political diatribes fueled by rage.

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	The Police: Synchronicity Concert [DVD]

It’s strange to watch the Police’s Synchronicity Concert with the clarity of hindsight. At the time of its videocassette release in 1984, it seemed

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	Moutin Reunion Quartet: Something Like Now

A wonderfully resolved set of performances from the brothers Moutin.

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24 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hauschka: The Prepared Piano

A different take on piano playing... unusual and interesting.

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	The Fiery Furnaces: Rehearsing My Choir

Art-poppers overreach and turn in one of the year's biggest disappointments.

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	Shemekia Copeland: The Soul Truth

A blast of blues-drenched soul -- when has that ever hurt a person?"

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