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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Young Adam (2003)

Joe's trajectory through post-war Glasgow and Edinburgh takes on a sort of dread inevitability.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Punisher (2004)

Ungainly and grim, the movie is loaded with comic-book heroic clichés and explosive effects.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Beatrix's survival depends on her weird combinations of passion, dispassion, and compassion.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dogville (2003)

The accusation that the film is 'anti-American' says less about Von Trier than it does about the American psyche.

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	Various Artists: The British Invasion: 1963-1967

Arguably the most important development in American pop music over the last half-century was the renaissance period known as the British Invasion. Beginning with the

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14 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	3 Doors Down: Another 700 Miles

3 Doors Down could possibly lay claim to being the dullest, most successful rock band in the world. The four hometown boys from Mississippi—who you

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	The Standard: Wire Post to Wire

The stories about artists who cloister themselves in the name of creation are usually great. The Standard, in their one-sheet, certainly heighten expectations. The story

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14 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Goapele: Even Closer

For some reason, the song that stays with me from Goapele’s super-sultry debut Even Closer is the not-so-sultry, but purportedly uber-sultry deep soul groove, “

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14 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	50 Foot Wave: self-titled

Since she began Throwing Muses in the ‘80s, Kristin Hersh has made intense, volatile music that is uncanny in its ability to convey emotions most

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14 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Beanfield: Seek

Beanfield exists in that weird constellation of Northern European artists who draw heavily on the sounds of ‘70s-era American soul and R&B acts,

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14 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Aldo Nova: self-titled

Some of us, at one point or another, have actually wondered, “Whatever happened to Aldo Nova?” Well, apparently he’s living a fine life in

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14 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Photo credit: Richard Houghton What do you get when you split a Lazy Dog in half? A Buzzin’ Fly, of course. That’s the name

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14 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Vines Jet Here in New York, the weekends always seem to suffer from heavy snowfall or torrential downpours. In much the same way, every

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14 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Twilight Singers For a brief moment, around 1993, in the heyday of alternative rock radio, the Afghan Whigs were going to be big. It seemed

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14 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Sleepy Jackson Robbers on High Street Contrary to a good many claims that rock is dead, Robbers on High Street and the Sleepy Jackson

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14 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Pitty Sing South This was a goldilocks night: the openers Pitty Sing were far too rough to be good, South was far too polished to

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents World Reggae

It’s easy to forget that for a good part of the world, reggae is pop music. In Jamaica, of course, but also much of

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13 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Meow Meow: Snow Gas Bones

Oh, those shoe-gazers—their shuffling feet, slow-strumming fingers, and monotone vocals. They’re thoughtful and sensitive and melodic all at once. It’s an alternative

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13 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Múm: Summer Make Good

You’re nestled in a dimly lit shack, on a small island in the North Atlantic. It’s hellishly cold outside, but the winter temperature

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13 Apr 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Gingersol: Eastern

There’s a sense of optimism to Eastern that, by all logic, shouldn’t be there. This is a record with a big sound, with

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