Reviews

6 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Widespread Panic: Night of Joy

After losing guitarist Michael Houser to cancer, Widespread Panic went searching not just for another instrumentalist, but for their center. They released the studio album

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	Sofa Surfers: See the Light

Is there a musical genre more wrongfully deprecated than trip-hop? These days, it seems as though trip-hop has become an automatic code word for hard-boiled

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	Dexter Romweber: Solo! Duo! Trio!: Blues That Defy My Soul

Dexter Romweber is to Jack White what the first Russian cosmonaut was to Neil Armstrong, minus the space outfits and with the addition of guitars.

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6 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Carina Round: The Disconnection

Initial perception and misconception about Carina Round: from the album cover, I’d guessed she was around, oh, 20. Which, after I’d listened to the

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	Freezepop: Fancy Ultra-Fresh

Remember Freezepops? Your mom would make you eat them on the front stoop because you would end up with the melted snack all over you.

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	Jack Casady: Dream Factor

Think for a moment about rock music’s preeminent bass players. John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, and John Paul Jones come to mind as the crè

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	The Afghan Whigs: Black Love

Hear me now and don’t forgetI’m not the man my actions would suggestA little boy, I’m tied to youI fell apartThat’s

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The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favori

Yuppie feeding frenzies have driven other species to the brink of extinction. Might that be the lobster's fate?"

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Image Ethics in the Digital Age by Larry Gross, John Stuart Katz, and Jay Ruby

The deep control that software gives us over images also softens our trust that they represent something genuine.

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	Various Artists: Zen—A Retrospective / Zen—Remixes

After a decade, Matt Black and Jonathon Moore (a.k.a. Coldcut), celebrate the label they started by releasing four discs culled from an A-list

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3 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Frames: Set List

Unless you’re Peter fucking Frampton, you’re unlikely to win many new fans with a live album. Even the dinosaur rocker himself had already

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3 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Damnwells: Bastards of the Beat

At their very best, Brooklyn’s the Damnwells are the Replacements. At their worst, they’re the Goo Goo Dolls. Unfortunately, they are more often

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	Division of Laura Lee: Das Not Compute

After releasing a compilation gathering tracks from over a few years, Sweden’s Division of Laura Lee are back with another effort. The quartet originally

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3 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Chib: Moco

While listening to Moco, the debut album from reclusive Japanese musician Chib, I recalled a hazy anecdote about a Buddhist master who obtained enlightenment during

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3 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Chumbawamba: Un

You have to hand it to Leeds-based anarchist band Chumbawamba, it takes some serious guts to plug away for 15-odd years under the auspices of

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	Auf der Maur: self-titled

Melissa Auf der Maur was fortunate to experience the mid ‘90s alternative rock explosion firsthand, witnessing its rise and eventual fall from the stage. In

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3 Jun 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Avengers: The American in Me

“It’s the American in me that makes me say it’s an honor to die / In a war that’s just a politician’s

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	Asheru and Blue Black: 48 Months

Somewhere between 1996 and 2000, two emcees from the Unspoken Heard collective recorded a whole bunch of songs that featured production from a pool of considerable talent.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Director Alfonso Cuarón brings to the franchise a newly inventive sensibility, and, most important, an appreciation for smart cuts and brevity, especially the requisite Quidditch scene, mercifully short, dark, and stormy.

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3 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Carandiru (2003)

The camera deposits you inside the notoriously overcrowded and treacherous São Paulo prison, where two inmates argue over one's right to slit the other's throat.

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