Reviews
	Constantines: self-titled

To see the Constantines perform live is to be reminded of exactly why you loved rock ‘n’ roll in the first place. Guitar riffs slice

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	Geri Allen: The Life of a Song

Geri Allen hasn’t recorded, it seems, in quite some time. I did read some distressed references to a Verve contract she had possessed and

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21 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Xavier Rudd: Solace

Mixing blues with his own contemporary brand of folk pop, Rudd continues to challenge the listeners with eclectic instrumentation to lovely, tug-at-your-ticker tracks.

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We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004)

We Don't Live Here Anymore gives weight, indirectly, to the kids' belief that their parents form a unit.

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13 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Stander (2003)

Stander's keenest challenges are directed at action movie conventions, and more generally, the construction of pop cultural heroes.

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Even as it so loudly declares its interest in girls' independence, thoughtfulness, and generosity, Royal Engagement is disappointingly derivative, slapdash, and small-minded.

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13 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Open Water (2004)

Open Water makes cagey use of a gimmick, namely, a young couple plopped down in an endless sea, where they confront one another, themselves, and sharks.

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12 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Rurals: Messages

One of the most rewarding pleasures in music is the gleefully selfish sensation of having your very own private band. I’m not talking about

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12 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Old 97s: Drag It Up

Old 97s were the best band to come out of the barely noticed, early ‘90s alt-country explosion. “Alt-country”, did I say? It’s true that

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	Nora O’Connor: Til the Dawn

Nora O’Connor has provided me with one of my toughest assignments yet. If I were to read a description of Til the Dawn, I’

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12 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Milosh: You Make Me Feel

I cannot predict the future. But sometimes I can manage an educated guess that turns out to be more or less correct. About three years

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	Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers Volume 2

It’s July 2004, nearly 70 years after Robert Johnson’s brief studio time, and Columbia/Legacy is putting out King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 2

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	Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez: Italuba

This performance opens with a strangely direct restatement of the idea implied in its title, which jams together “Italy” and “Cuba”. The music sets together

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	Gorge Trio: Open Mouth, O Wisp

Chaos theory is based on the idea that even the most seemingly random events have an underlying order. Edward Lorenz is credited with discovering chaos

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12 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Dynamite Boy: self-titled

Having missed out on the first few decades of rock ‘n’ roll, it’s hard to say when it became a fetish among the younger

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12 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Concrete Blonde: Concrete Blonde / Free

Mainstream audiences may only remember Concrete Blonde for their lone chart hit, “Joey” (which, it has been theorized, may have only been successful because it

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11 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Velvet Teen: Elysium

Out of the Fierce Parade, the 2001 debut from Santa Rosa, California-based trio The Velvet Teen, was remarkably proficient, justifiably comparable to first releases from Rufus

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11 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	David Sanchez: Coral

David Sanchez, aged 36, Puerto Rican and duly associated with Latin music, is an outstanding jazz tenor saxophonist with the great virtues of players active twenty

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	Patton Oswalt: Feelin’ Kinda Patton

Comedy is hard. I have great respect for the performer who gets up on stage alone, microphone in one hand and drink in the other,

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11 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Little Wings: Magic Wand

It’s a testament to his talent that Kyle Field, who has been releasing albums as Little Wings since 2000, doesn’t attract more dismissive ridicule

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