Reviews

9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Like Young: Last Secrets

Chicago's the Like Young buries hatchets, sings songs, and sounds fresh, pulling away from the stripped garage sound and heading into a thicker, more complicated version of the future.

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Elvis Costello/The Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue

Costello's latest non-rock excursion finds him fronting a 52-piece jazz orchestra at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

NOMO: New Tones

Heady band encourages dancing and contemplation in measures that aren't quite equal, and that's a good thing.

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Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno: Starless and Bible Black Sabbath

This damaging riff-quake from Japan's premier freak-rock collective may very well be the sound Woody Allen had in mind when he coined the phrase "maximum heaviosity".

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8 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

That 70s Show: Season 4

From commonalities to clichés, That 70s Show runs the gamut.

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Sergeant Bilko - 50th Anniversary Edition (The Phil Silvers Show)

The first episode, 'New Recruits', is a wonderful introduction, establishing not only characters and set-up, but also the series' underlying morality.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season

The girls are back. And, as demonstrated in The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season, the series' original sophistication has come back with them.

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8 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist: Season One

Dr. Katz relies on the familiar conceit that comedy is therapy, for performers and for us.

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Art School Confidential (2006)

As much as Jerome's harsh appraisals of his peers and teachers appear to be warranted, Art School Confidential doesn't exactly endorse his aspirations.

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8 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival: Day 1

Hip-Hop goes to Hartford in search of something new.

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Ether: The Nothing that Connects Everything by Joe Milutis

Milutis' book is a manifesto for something that seems to be driving artists everywhere. Although it hides behind language of academic criticism, it is an anti-critical call to arms.

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The Veronicas: The Secret Life of the Veronicas

Sure, the potential is there, but so's all the fluff.

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Neil Young: Living With War

Neil Young may not have been born in the USA, but on Living With War he sounds born to run.

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Mike Johnson: Gone Out of Your Mind

Ever find yourself wishing it was 1996 and you were in a bad mood? Mike Johnson can help.

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The Dresden Dolls: Yes, Virginia…

The cabaret feel is still there, but Virginia’s more refined sound makes the Boston duo’s second album a winner.

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Van Morrison: Pay the Devil

The great Van the Man, reduced to (mostly) covers and genre constrictions.

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Carol Bui: This Is How I Recover

Grim, powerful debut from a singer-songwriter who resists being pigeon-holed with the help of a trusty distortion pedal.

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Kimya Dawson: Remember That I Love You

Does a song have the power to save people from suicide? Kimya sings like it does.

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8 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gianluca Petrella: Indigo 4

Gianluca Petrella is a young Italian trombone player who is well-versed in electronica and rock as well as jazz.

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6 May 2006 // 2:03 AM

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.

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