Reviews

27 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jeff Parker: The Relatives

This is straight-up jazz taken out of the museum and calibrated for maximum accessibility.

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27 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lovejoy: Everybody Hates

English act Lovejoy create soft, dreamy pop that evokes sunny spring days -- until you take a close listen to the lyrics. Leave it to the English to be both soft-spoken and sharp-tongued.

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	Darkest Hour: Undoing Ruin

The metalcore standouts have made a bold stylistic leap, but not in the direction you'd expect.

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An admirable if unimpressive romp through '70s rock that will have you yearning for the real deal.

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	Boredoms: Seadrum/House of Sun

Japanese punk legends excel themselves with an intoxicatingly frenetic display of music as a beautifully unstoppable force of nature (and one other 20 minute track).

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	A Band of Bees: Free the Bees

Stylistic U-turn from eclectic Isle of Wighters gives revivalism a good name.

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27 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

If I were Britt Daniels I would love to kick Coldplay's Chris Martin in the face. Somebody needs to.

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27 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

The 4400

The storyline pitches The 4400 deep into schlock sci-fi-horror territory: absolute power applied absolutely and also illogically, to maximize sensation.

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27 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hellraiser: Deader (2005)

It's hard to dislike Hellraiser: Deader, despite the fact that in many ways it's a disappointing film.

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	Gatsbys American Dream: Volcano

A concept album about Mount Vesuvius?!? Bring it on! Seattle lit types deliver one of the year's best rock albums.

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	Franklin Delano: Like a Smoking Gun in Front of Me

This Italian group's attempt at experimental neo-roots music lacks form, shape, and perspective.

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	Eluvium: Talk Amongst the Trees

What we have here is an assembly of sound whose origin seems to be wholly not of this earth.

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26 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Deerhoof: Green Cosmos

Would-be No-wavers refuse to be pigeonholed with this surprisingly enjoyable, and endlessly inventive EP.

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	Dressy Bessy: Electrified

For the last several years, if the Denver indie scene has had an It Girl, it's been Tammy Ealom.

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26 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Walter Beasley: For Her

Can 'smooth jazz' be particularly bland and mushy? Yes -- yes it can.

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	Dierks Bentley: Modern Day Drifter

Great windows-down-stereo-blasting summer album that also happens to be a good product from Nashville.

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The truth was, I really did want to see the bands at Music Midtown more than the ones at Bonnaroo. I swear.

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24 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Four years of torturing the Fishers has worn my patience thin.

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Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament

As with the best games based on environmental puzzles, level design is paramount.

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24 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

War by Candlelight by Daniel Alarcón

The revolutionary heart, truly the essence of the Lima depicted within these pages, never grows old.

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