Reviews

12 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Dynamite Boy: self-titled

Having missed out on the first few decades of rock ‘n’ roll, it’s hard to say when it became a fetish among the younger

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12 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Concrete Blonde: Concrete Blonde / Free

Mainstream audiences may only remember Concrete Blonde for their lone chart hit, “Joey” (which, it has been theorized, may have only been successful because it

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Velvet Teen: Elysium

Out of the Fierce Parade, the 2001 debut from Santa Rosa, California-based trio The Velvet Teen, was remarkably proficient, justifiably comparable to first releases from Rufus

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	David Sanchez: Coral

David Sanchez, aged 36, Puerto Rican and duly associated with Latin music, is an outstanding jazz tenor saxophonist with the great virtues of players active twenty

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	Patton Oswalt: Feelin’ Kinda Patton

Comedy is hard. I have great respect for the performer who gets up on stage alone, microphone in one hand and drink in the other,

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Little Wings: Magic Wand

It’s a testament to his talent that Kyle Field, who has been releasing albums as Little Wings since 2000, doesn’t attract more dismissive ridicule

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	House of Freaks: Monkey on a Chain Gang / Tantilla

If there’s one place where hyperbole is guaranteed to run rampant, it’s in the liner notes of a reissued CD. No matter how

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Far: Water & Solutions (Re-issue)

Immortal Records’ newly reissued “Deluxe DVD” edition of Far’s Water & Solutions seems oddly timed. Originally released in 1998, a few minutes before everything emo

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Digby: Falling Up

As a fan of Cotton Mather, rumors of the band’s demise were upsetting—I thought it would be a while before I’d hear

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11 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Dara: The Antidote

Drum’n'bass is a genre defined by limitations. Despite—or perhaps because of—the initial rush of popularity that heralded the genre’s arrival on

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	Derek Trucks Band: Live at Georgia Theater

Derek Trucks may be best known these days—if he’s known at all—for his current stint as a guitarist in the Allman Brothers

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11 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

There were few places more appropriate than West Hollywood club the Troubadour for emerging pop act Scissor Sisters to celebrate the official release of its

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11 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Chris Richards Duane Jarvis Hello, Hello, Hello, Is There Anybody in There? It has been my impression that any show in New York, if not

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11 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Múm It seemed as if all of bespectacled-Von-Dutch-wearing-Williamsburg, with the requisite asymmetrically coiffed girlfriend in tow, made it to the Bowery Ballroom for the

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True Crime: Streets of LA

Restraint in a lawless world is hard. Cops have to tangle with folks that have total freedom of action every day, and they need to do it the hard way, the frustrating way. They have to follow the rules even though they get to carry a gun.

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11 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shrek 2

In a market where movie tie-ins are about as common as McDonalds (and, usually, just about as satisfying), it's almost a surprise to see a game that captures the spirit of the original movie well enough to be considered as good as the film.

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11 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

RalliSport Challenge 2

Offering 'rough, rugged, and untamed back roads,' this game brings together extreme and racing sports under the larger virtual project of destruction and mayhem.

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11 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny

It's not hard to see where Onimusha's inspiration lies. Maybe you've heard of a little franchise called Resident Evil, or perhaps you've even played the other Capcom franchise known as Devil May Cry.

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As technology advances, so does the graphical capability of video game consoles. One look at Ninja Gaiden and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time demonstrates this to even the most stringent detractor. However, realistic graphics doesn't necessitate quality gameplay, and one must also remember the converse.

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	Various Artists: Voices of Concord Jazz: Live at Montreux

Although I am absolutely certain this was not what the fine folks at Concord had in mind when conceiving this project, I have to say

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