Reviews

12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Davis, Kramer, and Thompson succeed where many groups on nostalgia tours fail, by paying homage to the beauty of what was while offering the majesty of what is.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Titus: Seasons 1 & 2

It avoids usual sitcom setups and sappy wrap-ups, instead considering the effects of what Titus calls 'hard, old school' parenting on young Christopher (Titus).

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Prison Break

The good and bad guys in Prison Break might cry, fight, screw, and bleed, but they still look like cardboard to me.

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A Woman in Berlin: Six Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous, translated by Philip Boehm

Besides documenting the relentless terror and humiliation she and other German women endured, the diary offers a unique window on the German psyche as it comes to terms with Third Reich's wholesale collapse.

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Devendra Banhart: Cripple Crow

Exceeding expectations, Devendra outdoes himself and most of his generation.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

The problem is the songs. They're just not very good.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lee Ritenour: Overtime

A college seminar in compromise, this kind-of live career retrospective from 'Captain Fingers' spans styles and degrees of taste.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Pages: Creatures of the Earth EP

The Pages have the same energy and, more importantly, the same sound as the early days of Beatlemania.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Portastatic: Bright Ideas

Besides being a friendlier sonic cousin of Indoor Living, Bright Ideas is not unlike Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department, Robert Pollard's 1999 solo album, in that it plays to an indie elder statesman's strengths and may get core fans all frenzied again.

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	The Kennedys: Half a Million Miles

Gentle, strummy folk rock with shout-outs to Emerson, Kerouac, and Buddha. As Buddha might say, 'rub my belly'. Then Emerson: 'Um...', and Kerouac: 'Sure!'"

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	The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall [DVD]

Although usually lumped in with the ska revival bands, the English Beat's exhilarating blend of pop hooks, reggae rhythms, jazzy sax breaks, and punky attitude is difficult enough to categorize that they wouldn't stand a chance on today's genre-driven radio or MTV.

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	DJ Language: Real Music For Real People

The one common denominator running through the entire endeavor is -- you guessed it -- the singular and all-encompassing notion of soul as a unifying force.

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The scene is like a mash-up of a 3D Urban Outfitters catalog with a revival of Hair...

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	Various Artists: Shameless Productions Presents Le Souk Sunday Sessions

Quite possibly the best music to ever come out of a North African restaurant, this two-disc set of soulful progressive house is essential for beatheads of all nationalities.

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	Novillero: Aim Right for the Holes in Their Lives

Leave it to a band of Canadians to create one of the most literate, catchy pop records of the year. Dust of your hippest pair of reading glasses and most vintage pair of dancing shoes; you'll need them both.

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	Little Charlie and the Nightcats: Nine Lives

West Coast blues/swing/jazz/some-semblance-of-the-three makes some songs interesting, some okay, and some just, well... mother always told me if you can't say something nice...

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	Dexter Gordon: Manhattan Symphonie

-- One of the historically defining saxophonists of all jazz, in the best of company, on his best form with plenty invention, stamina and delight.

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	400 Blows: Angel’s Trumpets and Devil’s Trombones

Minimal punk rock trio get a surprising amount of mileage using just guitar, drums and a voice.

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	The Dandy Warhols: Odditorium or Warlords of Mars

Dandies take a little snooze: band smirks their way through another sloppy psychedelic pop-fest.

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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