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28 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Baadasssss! (2004)

At once the biography of Melvin Van Peebles as a young, angry, brilliant filmmaker (played by Mario, who looks achingly like his dad in a couple of shots, with cigar, sculpted face, and black hat), and his own biography.

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	Scorpions: Box of Scorpions

Buzz-cut Alabamians spewing colored smoke from their whiz jets to the strains of ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane?’ What kind of countrified rube is still

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Pit Er Pat: Emergency

Pit Er Pat wants you to respect the organ. Over the years, you’ve become a little too dependent on the guitar player. There he

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Low-Beam: Every Other Moment

In a sleepy burg of the woody east lies a valley full of musical pioneers. Amongst the panoply of rock, garage, punk and jazz groups

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Daniel Luppi: An Italian Story

An Italian Story, is a record that was made by a film lover for film lovers luxuriating in those fleeting moments in film history when

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose

Reinventing oneself is always a gamble. I direct you to the extreme case of clean-cut, ‘60s pop crooner Pat Boone who tragically, but hysterically, donned

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	King Wilkie: Broke

Hey ladies—do you like bean blossoms? Strawberries? Of course you do (though maybe not in the same dish). Regardless, I insist you look into

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Komeda: Kokomemedada

The Swedish band Komeda—Lena Karlsson, Marcus Holmberg, and Jonas Holmberg—serve up instant gratification pop. Their fourth full length, Kokomemedada (arriving here in the

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27 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Salif Keita: Remixes from Moffou

The art, or, rather, the alternate universe of the remix has been going on dubiously since the first notes resonated through the universe. One look

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	The Bottle Rockets: Brand New Year [re-issue]

Apropos of… something; I’m not sure what… New West Records has seen fit to dig through the archives and release some late ‘90s albums

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	Various Artists: Bar Room Blues: A 12-track Program

Sometimes it hurts so much it makes you drink. And sometimes it’s the drink that’s caused the pain. “Again and again / All this

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Vast Aire: Look Mom… No Hands

Vast Aire is pissed. From the sound of Look Mom… No Hands, you would think the rumors of Cannibal Ox’s tragic break-up were true

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

Patti Smith: Trampin’

More pertinent to Trampin’ than her previous albums themselves is the sheer authority her 30 critically lauded years allows her to bring to whatever she attempts.

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Lycia: Empty Space

I can’t say I was ever the world’s biggest goth fan. I’ll give credit to the hardcore kiddies that love the stuff,

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	J-Kwon: Hood Hop

Suppose an alien from Mars was to come down from outer space and ask this music critic if there exists a magic formula that has

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	Johnny Horton: Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride

Johnny Horton was born in 1925 and died in 1960. Over that period of time, his brand of music endeared him to future legends of country, rock,

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	George Benson: Irreplaceable

Few guitarists can match the resume of one George Benson. The guitarist has been plying his trade for the better part of several decades now

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Badawi: Clones and False Prophets

Reflecting multiple cultures in one’s music can often be a trying task. To tie neatly the threads of disparate lifestyles, their traditional music, and

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26 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Acid Mothers Temple: Mantra of Love

Acid Mothers Temple runs at the forefront of Japan’s underground movement and, in the last couple of years, has started making headway abroad. The

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The Roots Jean Grae Skillz OK, picture this. It’s the hottest day of the summer. Searching desperately for something to occupy yourself and the

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