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Hidden Howie: The Public Life of a Private Nuisance

Hidden Howie lifts so many premises from other shows, it's difficult to find in it the slightest crumb of originality.

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17 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wishing Stairs (2003)

This is a gorgeous piece of work with superior production values, a mystical, haunting score, and superb young actors.

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	Tremolo: Love Is the Greatest Revenge

Tremolo want to change the world through music. In fact, they're willing to give half of their profits to achieve this aim. There's only one problem here...

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	The Plus Ones: Oh Me of Little Faith

Second album of Power Pop band is good: different, but not better, to be precise.

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16 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ox: Dust Bowl Revival

Ox tries its luck at quoting Americana and fails miserably, proving English teachers right: quotations should support an argument, not fill up space to meet a length requirement.

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	Salim Nourallah: Beautiful Noise

Grown-up pop that tackles the Big Issues, Beautiful Noise is more the former than the latter.

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	I Am Kloot: Gods and Monsters

I Am Kloot is a good band, and Bramwell has the skills at the page/keyboard /mic/whatever to put together a classic. It doesn't exist yet.

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16 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Paul Brown: The City

A package hackneyed Smoove clichés, Mr. Brown's sophomore release is just the thing for all you cognac-smooth, French wine collectin', high stakes poker playin', condo livin' cats out there.

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16 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Art Blakey: Drum Suite

Blakey's Afrobeat-inspiring excursion: Thrilling percussion meets irresistible hard bop. And that's just the beginning.

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16 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sticky proves worthy of attention even if you aren't looking for sexual stimulation.

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How hard can it be to create enjoyable hook-filled pop-rock? I mean really...

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16 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Tommy Lee Goes to College

Tommy Lee Goes to College makes higher education look like a series of senseless classes followed by evenings of underage drinking.

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Born of the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

The story is desperate, it's harrowing, and in light of current events, it's as timely now as it was when it first arrived.

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16 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sin City (2005)

Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.

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15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Vanity Project: The Vanity Project

Has someone already used the joke, 'Vanity, thy name is Steven Page?' They have? Oh, well.

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	Shantel: Bucovina Club Vol. 2

I find it remarkably difficult to judge whether or not this album is an exercise in crackpot genre-bending or legitimately visionary postmodernism.

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	SFJazz Collective: SFJazz Collective

Let it be clear that this is no jazz equivalent of the Wu-Tang Clan, coming together like Voltron to rescue the music from its infinitesimal market share.

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15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: Countryman

Nelson can't be faulted for the effort, and there are some good songs, but the 'regguntry' mix sadly is a hit and miss affair.

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	Ahmad Jamal: The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

These are the early sides that turned Miles Davis into a lifelong fan of this swinging, elegant pianist.

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	Idlewild: Warnings/Promises

The normally exuberant Scottish band have toned things down, with mixed results.

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