Reviews
	The Real Tuesday Weld: The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid

Modesty is a virtue, but a surfeit of modesty can grate. Listening to this album sometimes seems an impossibly precious pastime, like Belle & Sebastian with samplers.

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	The Mamas and the Papas: California Dreamin’: The Songs of the Mamas and Papas [DVD]

The band's comet-like rise and fall is a great story, but you won't learn about it here.

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	Patti LaBelle: Classic Moments

Don't let the title full you -- this disc doesn't compile great tracks from LaBelle's past repertoire but features all new recordings of old tunes made popular by others.

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	Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

A collection of rock tracks so slick and depthless they epitomize the plastic fantastic emotionalism of mega-producer Mutt Lange.

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	Alice Cooper: Dirty Diamonds

The shock rock legend has released his best album in 16 years, and perhaps longer.

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22 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Churchills: The Odds of Winning

The Churchills add two new members for a triumphant return to hard-hitting indie rock that's a little less pop, a little more emo, a lot darker lyrically, yet catchy and potentially commercial as ever.

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	Billy Butterfield with Andy Bartha: Take Me to the Land of Jazz

The trumpet-cornet Butterfield-Bartha lead is a direct descendant of the two-cornet lead pioneered by King Oliver with very young Louis Armstrong.

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Resplendent in his blue and orange 'Illinoisemakers' cheerleading outfit, Sufjan found it hard to summon the spirit for one of his many cheers. It was hard to blame him...

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Gene Simmons’ Rock School

Gene Simmons' Rock School is a funny and fresh take on an old idea (think: To Sir, With Love starring Satan).

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Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story by Paul Whitelaw

With the intimacy of a true fan and the validity of a music critic, he weaves the fascinating story behind its release and the band's response to their newfound critical acclaim, including the only known correspondence between Murdoch and Morrissey, doppelgangers as they may be.

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Red Tent (1971)

The 1971 Sean Connery film recounts the true story of an ill-fated 1928 expedition to the North Pole. In a dirigible.

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Lot Like Love (2005)

The Ashton Kutcher vehicle tries to make use of its stars' appeals, structuring a regular romantic comedy out of charmingly imperfect, well-performed moments.

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	Various Artists: Melodic Today

Melodic Records collects its best and brightest, mixes an eclectic variation of styles, and slaps on a dedication to a recently passed musical icon.

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	Sick Bees: The Marina Album [EP]

The Raincoats busk with Skip Spence and Funkadelic throws down a $20. How to ignore this one? Well, don't.

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	T. Raumschmiere: Blitzkreig Pop

The combination of precise, pummeling techno beats and buzzsaw electronic fuzz is still as eminently satisfying as on 2003's Radio Blackout.

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	Little Brother: The Chittlin Circuit 1.5 - The Official Mixtape: Unreleased Tracks, B-Sides and Rem

Take a tour of Little Brother's soul-stirring unreleased material, b-sides, and remixes on the legendary chitlin circuit.

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	Billy Bang: Vietnam: Reflections

Love of beauty, use of Vietnamese musical ideas for hard bop themes that sustain high order lyrical improvisations; and performances of Vietnamese music. Impressive; deeply moving.

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21 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bedouin Soundclash: Sounding a Mosaic

Do Bedouins listen to reggae? Maybe not, but Canadians apparently do.

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What can you make of a festival that's called a 'street scene' but instead sprawls across a large stadium parking lot?

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19 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Metal Slug 4 & Metal Slug 5

When you're a 2D run-and-gun series, originality through level and boss design is really all you have going.

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016: 'The Anthropologist'

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"Spry and crisp, The Anthropologist is a solid documentary that avoids bearing the weight of the austere pessimism surrounding climate change.

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