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8 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Sleepover (2004)

Grown up out of the Spy Kids franchise, awkwardly charming Alexa Vega has run smack into tweens heck.

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8 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Riding Giants (2004)

True believers never lost their sense of wonder.

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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Some Kind of Monster is less about artistic triumph than professional triumph: can these working relationships be saved?"

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8 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

King Arthur (2004)

This generically gritty and solidly PG-13 King Arthur isn't even much of an action picture.

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8 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

America’s Heart & Soul (2004)

Clichés perhaps, but sometimes simplicity and familiarity communicate powerful sentiments.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Sputtering, Ron cites scientific fact to support his outrage: 'You're just a woman, with a small brain.'"

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7 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Nuevo Latino

World music specialists Putumayo Records have turned out another outstanding international compilation; this time, it’s the new flavor of Latin music that is featured

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	The Unintended: self-titled

Music geeks have all gone through this scenario: you hear a song by an unknown band on the radio, it immediately grabs your attention, you

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	Three Dog Night: The Complete Hit Singles

Back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when vinyl was the rage and music videos were not yet the norm, musical media outlets numbered

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	Slapbak: Ghetto Funkography

California funksters Slapbak have been partying like it’s 1975 for the last decade or so. They got a taste of mainstream success working with Cameo

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	Sugarplum Fairies: Introspective Raincoat Student Music

There are times in life when all you want to do is hole up in your bedroom, throw on a disc of mopey tunes, and

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7 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

Pan Sonic: Kesto

Pan Sonic’s taproot runs deep into the soil of early industrial music, with a heavy debt owed to such obvious giants as Throbbing Gristle, Einsturzende Neubauten and Suicide.

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	Petey Pablo: Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry

Petey Pablo is riding the crunk wave right now. His kick-ass single “Freek-A-Leek” is top-tenning it big-time, courtesy of its Lil Jon beat and its

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	Eliza Gilkyson: Land of Milk and Honey

A few years ago, the coffeehouse-singing female songwriter was assumed to be either someone who lost touch with the music business or, in some cases,

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7 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Kim Fowley: Adventures in Dreamland

During the ‘60s and ‘70s, Kim Fowley was one of those behind-the-scenes superstars that it was impossibly cool to know. He has associated in one

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7 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Sweet Land Stories by E. L. Doctorow

Grand statements, Doctorow seems to suggest, can be covered up and conspired away, but smaller, more personal defiances can carry much more weight.

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How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland

Lou's fondness for smokes and booze is just one indication Hyland gives that her protagonist is struggling with Repressed Teen Syndrome.

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7 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dog on the Cross by Aaron Gwyn

Gwyn sees language as 'a window into an imaginative space,' but he also believes that it is a 'virus . . . that enters us and reconfigures us in some fundamental way.'

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Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild by Susan McCarthy

There's a reason a critter should be born knowing everything and having to learn nothing. Brains are expensive organs to maintain.

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	Various Artists: What a Concept!: A Salute to Teenage Fanclub

In 15 years and some seven albums (to say nothing of their many collaborations), Glasgow’s own Teenage Fanclub produced a lot of great music, and

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