Reviews

28 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Originally released in 1960, The World of Suzie Wong still elicits both fond remembrance and complete revulsion.

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28 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

3-Way (2004)

Dwight Yoakam needs our support, and that's the only reason to watch 3-Way.

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28 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Perfect Score (2004)

As Kyle's nightmare indicates, The Perfect Score includes a rudimentary political critique of the U.S. educational and testing system.

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Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) comes to understand a new place for himself, and, no small thing, frames an acutely political history by his own story.

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	Marah: 20,000 Streets Under the Sky

When Marah put out their Kids In Philly album, I couldn’t sing enough of their praises—the gritty tunes that mixed a bit of

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27 Jun 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Manual: The North Shore

Jonas Munk, after stripping down IDM’s blueprint and resurrecting it with shoegaze surrealism and blissed-out melodies on previous full-lengths Until Tomorrow and Ascend, has

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	Joni Harms: Let’s Put the Western Back in the Country

Full disclosure: I know Joni Harms. Well, I kind of do. We both come from Canby, Oregon, a not-very-big town in the heart of the

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27 Jun 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Godsmack: The Other Side

It’s no secret that Godsmack has made a pretty good living by ripping off Alice in Chains. They named their band after a song

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	Bobbie Gentry: Chickasaw Country Child: The Artistry of Bobbie Gentry

It is the familiarity that first draws you in, the traditional sound of the picked guitar and Bobbie Gentry’s tenor edged in gravel. Just

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	Galaxie 500: Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste (1987-1991)

Although it had a short existence, Galaxie 500 remains an important group from the late ‘80s underground scene. The group—singer/guitarist Dean Wareham, bassist Naomi

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The Decemberists: The Tain

The Decemberists’ Tain is about the nameless individuals whose lives were swept up as they fought and mourned. As it was in 1974, 2004 seems the right time to resurrect this story, as its tragic themes unfortunately never go out of style.

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27 Jun 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Delays: Faded Seaside Glamour

When you come from a place like Southhampton, on England’s southern coast, it might be hard to dream up anything but breezy, ocean-scented, lush

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	Chester Copperpot: The Kings of Kirby

Here’s another fine example of not judging a band by its cover (or, rather, a band by its name): I was all set to

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27 Jun 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Blaze: Found Love

Considering the endless stream of constantly shifting generic permutations that defines modern electronic music, it might seem almost quaint to reflect on a group such

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	Various Artists: Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversary Collection

The entire notion of whether rock ‘n’ roll either needs an anniversary or possesses a birthdate is made entirely irrelevant by the sheer exuberant fun

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	Überzone: Überzone Presents Y4K

Change is hardwired into the DNA of electronic music. The history of the form is a history of transformation, with genres begetting genres, and those

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24 Jun 2004 // 11:00 PM

Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse

The involvement of newest member Jim O’Rourke has nurtured Sonic Youth into a comfort zone, allowing them to achieve both an accessible and challenging record, thereby giving the music world exactly what they need from a prodigious and legendary group.

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	Robots in Disguise: self-titled

The two members of the British electro-pop band Robots in Disguise call themselves Sue Denim and Dee Plume. Denim and Plume not only sing about

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	Vernon Reid & Masque: Known Unknown

Fiery six-string fretwork hasn’t been so hard to come by since Eddie Van Halen blew minds with “Eruption”‘s sheer insanity. In the two

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	The Icarus Line: Penance Soiree

Los Angeles-area rock quartet the Icarus Line earned themselves a footnote in rock history back in 2002 at the SXSW Festival when guitarist Aaron North smashed

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