Reviews

14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Benchwarmers (2006)

It's a shame that tee-heeing at gayness couldn't be jettisoned for the kids, rather than re-emphasized.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cheap Trick: Dream Police

Even 27 years after the fact, Cheap Trick and Dream Police still hold up surprisingly well.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cassandra Wilson: Thunderbird

The alt-jazz diva gets T Boned.

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wilderness: Vessel States

Baltimore's high-flown tyrants release another dose of bombastic post punk.

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Pérez Prado: The Best of Pérez Prado - The Original Mambo No. 5

A compilation of the best slices of mambo magic served up by Pérez Prado. Add sunshine, tequila, frilly sleeves and hot horns; shake vigorously and then serve in a glass with a lightly salted rim. Ay Carumba!

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14 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Thomas Stronen: Pohlitz

Stronen, a prolific young Norwegian jazz drummer, lets the cat out of the bag, style-wise, early on his debut solo LP.

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Drive-By Truckers: A Blessing and a Curse

A Blessing and a Curse continues to distance itself from the Truckers' "Lynyrd Skynyrd with a higher IQ" roots, drawing from both the Replacements and the Rolling Stones for its rock 'n' roll sound.

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The Moore Brothers: Murdered by the Moore Brothers

Staying closely aligned with the guitar and vocal style of their forebears serves the Moore Brothers well on their latest album of pure folk pop songs.

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Tineke Postma: For the Rhythm

Another young star jazz alto saxophonist, in no need of hype, non-routine, spirited, versatile without shallowness, aware of musical roots: another one of an always very select few! And Dutch. And not male.

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13 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

In a much simpler time, when bank robbers and crooked landlords were the ultimate evil, Superman protected the citizens of Metropolis as if everything depended on it.

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13 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Survival of the Richest

On Survival of the Richest, the line between 'have' and 'have-nots' is clearly drawn, and while contestants may cross that line, it's only to visit.

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13 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Everybody Hates Chris

Episode: 'Everyone Hates Corleone' - Despite his parents' firm belief that he will be 'safer' in the all-white school, Chris' status as the only black student opens him up to a daily barrage of abuses.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gotan Project: Lunático

If only updating an established style could always be as successful as this.

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The Avett Brothers: Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions

You need to hear The Avett Brothers, but perhaps this album isn't the best place to find your first impression.

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Cobra Killer & Kapajkos: Das Mandolinenorchester

Making kraut haute.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Canasta: We Were Set Up

Up-and-coming Chicago sextet hops on pop.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Parts & Labor: Stay Afraid

Think Lightning Bolt's ferocious noise cut through with arena-filling rock melodies... then double it.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg

If only this European homage to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew had had the tenacity to stick with the jazz-rock and avoided the club beats, it just might have made jazz album of the year.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bird Show: Lightning Ghost

Challenging to say the least, Ben Vida's latest offering is filled with different sounds and tones. It has something for everyone but not everything for possibly anybody.

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Atreyu: A Death-Grip on Yesterday

They might be the biggest metalcore band in America right now, but Atreyu don’t quite sound like it yet.

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