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	The Grip Weeds: Giant on the Beach

The Grip Weeds wear their influences like badges of honor. The New Jersey band plays the kind of jangly, space-age rock perfected by bands like

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6 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Brandon Butler: Killer on the Road

The lower the volume, the more likely you are to be taken seriously. While not a hard and fast rule, it’s a pretty accurate

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6 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

White Noise (2005)

White Noise falls into that least-likely-to-succeed genre, the horror film released in winter.

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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino, noted lover of Shakespeare, strives for a multi-dimensional characterization of the angry Shylock, underlining his sadness and indignation.

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6 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Woodsman (2004)

Walter (Kevin Bacon) lives in a world perpetually gray.

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6 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Faith in his own work ethic keeps Paul from acknowledging the turmoil erupting all around him.

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5 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nikki Sudden & the Last Bandits: Treasure Island

Hail, hail the collective conscience! And, rock and roll, of course! After spending roughly 30 years languishing in relative obscurity, Nikki Sudden has finally been 'discovered' by the music scene.

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5 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Late BP Helium: Amok

The sad, but entirely foreseeable demise of the Apples in Stereo has raised some questions as of late, primarily regarding whether there is any life

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	J-Zone: A Job Ain’t Nothin’ But Work

It is disconcertingly rare, these days, to find an MC whose primary mode is self-effacing, and not self-aggrandizing. Modesty and humor are two almost lost

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	In Flames: Soundtrack to Your Escape

Although In Flames have still yet to achieve great success in North America, the Swedish band, over the past decade, has become one of the

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	The Foreign Exchange: Connected

Little Brother's Phonte and Nicolay of the Netherlands make beautiful music together while proving that message boards ain't all bad.

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5 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Efterklang: Tripper

Efterklang's otherworldly debut effort proves why the Icelandic instrumental is the classical music of the 21st century.

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5 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bowman: Living to Dream

Since this appears to be Boston’s year (curses reversed and then some), it’s not a big surprise to find a Bostonian making great

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Ratchet and Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal

The perfect blend of humor that was actually funny, running-and-gunning action, and platformer puzzles and timing was almost more than I could handle.

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5 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc

Disney is sitting on a goldmine but is too blind to see it.

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5 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dead or Alive: Ultimate

DOA: Ultimate is generating a lot of buzz and quite a bit of talk for 'Game of the Year' awards in action/fighting genres, but the truth is that all of this acclaim is really for half the package.

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5 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Alien Hominid

Lost lives are actually one of the ways in which the game establishes its old school credibility.

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4 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

Tinariwen: Amassakoul

Although Halloween night was cold and cloudy in Santa Cruz, the desert winds blew in soft and sultry toward the Kuumbwa Jazz Center to quite

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	Eugene Mirman: The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman

There are many drawbacks to living during a time of social polarization and moral controversy like the one we're living through now. But even as the political landscape seems to grow more humorless by the day, comedy seems to be thriving.

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4 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Marilyn Manson: Lest We Forget: The Best Of

“It’s been 10 years since his debut, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and David Bowie continues to cling to variations on his Ziggy

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