Reviews
Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael Bellesiles

I would like nothing more than to believe that the criticism of the book stems from politics and not from any failing on Bellesiles' part. But the evidence against him is fairly damning.

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	Bennie Wallace: The Nearness of You

The pianist in the trio which opened an amazing concert—much of which is preserved on CD (Stan Getz, Yours and Mine and on Soul

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19 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Snow Patrol: Final Straw

One of the reasons we listen to music is because it provides a vehicle for expressing feelings that would otherwise go unexpressed. Rage, passion, fear,

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19 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Dirk Powell: Time Again

As Industrial America rustled and raged through its fitful fights of puberty, the Appalachian region represented a slowed respite. A place untouched by big city

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19 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Luomo: The Present Lover

The first thing that hits you when you hear Luomo‘s new album, The Present Lover, is its warmth. Sultry female voices croon languorously in

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19 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The King Cobra: self-titled

My friend Ike is a straw-haired substitute teacher and musician excessively fond of retro leg warmers, weapons-grade weed, and the captivating allure of a superlative

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	The Dirtbombs: Dangerous Magical Noise

There’s only one thing wrong with Dangerous Magical Noise, the latest from Detroit rock gods the Dirtbombs: the release date of 4 November, 2003. Had it

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19 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Chops: Virtuosity

These days, it seems like rap incorporates throwback-to-the ‘90s types, with their samples, brand new shell toe Adidas and borrowed lyrics, those crazy Southern crunk

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19 Apr 2004 // 3:00 PM

	Jon Langford: All the Fame of Lofty Deeds

The first thing you learn upon moving to Chicago: this is Langford’s town. The raspy-voiced Welshman, most famous for his work in the seminal

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	The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me

The Hold Steady are half of the former group Lifter Puller. If you’re not familiar with Lifter Puller, the group mixed a lot of

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Barney Miller: The First Season

Barney Miller offered a unique blend of comedy and social commentary by making the detectives just as quirky as the colorful criminals coming through the squad room.

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19 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Pornographers (1966)

The Pornographers works on the margins of social norms and 'abhorrence,' officially accepted commerce and illicit trade.

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A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own is an engagingly old fashioned and family-friendly comedy.

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19 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Gods Must be Crazy I & II (1980/1988)

The documentary Journey to Nyae Nyae considers the films' consumption in the West, as they made N!xau a star and raised anthropological interest in the Bushmen.

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	Tears for Fears: 20th Century Masters: The DVD Collection [DVD]

In a recent Simpsons episode, there is a shot panning across a junkyard. There are signs at the top of each pile, each one a

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	Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley: The Frank Sinatra Show—Welcome Home Elvis [DVD]

There’s Sinatra, Elvis, and the Beatles, and nobody else comes close—the holy trinity of 20th century music performers. Bing Crosby was an early

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	Superchunk: Crowding up Your Visual Field [DVD]

The central focus of Superchunk‘s Crowding up Your Visual Field is documenting the band’s career thus far through the 12 music videos that they’

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18 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Eddi Reader: Sings the Songs of Robert Burns

From—I admit it—disappointment after the first listen and a warming up after the next few listens, I’ve been listening to this album

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	Lowgold: Welcome to Winners

Lowgold have to be one of the unluckiest British bands of the past five years. When the likeable pop rock band signed to Nude Records

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	James Lavelle: GU #026: Romania

If you’re a struggling young DJ and you’re looking for someone to be jealous of, you may as well start with James Lavelle.

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