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13 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Oranges Band: The World and Everything in It

The perfect pop album for the summer -- or any other season, for that matter.

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13 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mudvayne: Lost and Found

Mudvayne's first album in three years arrives just as nu-metal is receiving its last rites, and will only quicken the genre's demise.

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13 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The guy in front of me has the collar of his polo flipped up. His presence does not bode well for the show to come...

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Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season One

Occasionally patronizing, Randall isn't afraid to hit a girl or pull a gun on one if it's necessary.

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13 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Closer

The premiere of The Closer was a very good moment for women who watch women on the small screen.

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13 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Trace Memory

Trace Memory is difficult to describe as it feels like it's stuck somewhere between a game and a tech demo.

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	Various Artists: Marty Thau Presents 2 x 5

Music impresario Marty Thau, known for his associations with Blondie and the New York Dolls, selected five New York bands to record two songs each for release on his Red Star label.

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	The Ying Yang Twins: United States of Atlanta

The Ying Yang Twins are filthy misogynistic geniuses, and their new record is their most derivative and brilliant yet.

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	Vast Aire and Mighty Mi: The Best Damn Rap Show

They get equal billing, but Mighty Mi is the star of this rap show.

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12 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Torche: Torche

On their fiery debut album, Miami's Torche explore the sunnier side of stoner rock.

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	Erin McKeown: We Will Become Like Birds

If this is a breakup record, it works hard to avoid all the pitfalls and clichés that have come to define the sonic diary-on-wax.

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	Paul McCartney: Paul McCartney in Red Square [DVD]

For decades, the Beatles' albums were banned from the Russian people, who risked imprisonment if caught owning them. Nearly four decades later, Paul McCartney played Red Square; as this film shows, the night was magical, joyous, and more than a little heartbreaking.

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12 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mahjongg: RaYDONcoNG

I rike za Aye-teez! Puh-lease...

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	Mumps: How I Saved the World

How I Saved the World, the latest Mumps compilation, is one more for the retro fetishists. Mumps were one of the more obscure bands that

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	John Hiatt: Master of Disaster

John Hiatt goes to Memphis with mixed results. Producer Jim Dickinson knows how to build a groove, but sometimes it grows into a deep rut.

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	The Doleful Lions: Shaded Lodge and Mausoleum

The Doleful Lions are obsessed with Satan, warriors, knights, kings, and ghosts. And they make it all sound so innocent and dreamy...

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	Chet Baker: Jazz Moods: Cool

One masterpiece with Gerry Mulligan and one interesting yet not fully realized arrangement with Jim Hall and Paul Desmond. Otherwise, the too exclusively emphasized musical side of Baker at the too low level associated with CTI recordings.

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	Backstreet Boys: Never Gone

Backstreet's back, with sleeker suits and more ridiculous hats.

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12 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

With such different characters, such different stories, the writers have the opportunity to do some interesting and fresh work.

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12 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Last time around we waited with apprehension expecting Caithlin De Marrais' notes to fall to pieces. But nowadays she's what we journo-hacks call a 'seasoned performer'.

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