Reviews

19 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	B.B. King: Live By Request [DVD]

Forget about the Delta myths of the blues, about haunted drifters with hellhounds on their trails. Forget even about blues as club music for houserocking

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	The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Berkeley:  Berkeley Community Theater, Saturday May 30, 1970

On September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died. The date marks a watershed event in the history of popular music: the all-too-early end of a career for rock’

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	Tony Furtado and the American Gypsies: Live Gypsy

There is no denying the musicianship of Tony Furtado and the American Gypsies. But categorizing the Gypsies is another matter. Furtado is often compared to

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	The Church: Forget Yourself

I can’t help but feel like explaining a band like the Church to an American teenager of today is slightly impossible. In an era

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	Eric Clapton: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton

Of all the strange movements in rock history—and there have been more than a few—perhaps none are quite so eccentric as the British

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19 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Rosemary Clooney: The Best of the Concord Years

Beginning in 1977, Rosemary Clooney recorded a long line of albums for Concord Records, albums that cast her as a serious artiste rather than merely the

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19 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Clear Horizon: self-titled

As you’d expect from something on a label best known for releasing albums by such recondite acts as Godspeed You Black Emperor and Low,

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19 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Bryan Adams: Live at the Budokan: Japan 2000 [DVD & CD]

The sight of three white men dressed in white performing with rigorous precision oddly enough calls to mind the spectacle of a decidedly less frenetic,

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19 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Unicorns When the red velvet curtains slid open on the Southpaw stage, I was surprised to see three men adorned in pink and white

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19 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Unicorns In a world where the Jim Rose Circus can survive a decade and even inspire a reality program; there must be something of

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19 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The current fad for all things New York New Wave has come to us via the NYC “hipster” scene, a scene defined by self-absorption and

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19 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Photo credit: Kelly Davidson At first I thought Joe’s Pub was an odd venue choice for the Dresden Dolls, self-described as a “Brechtian punk

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19 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Not everyone likes Belle & Sebastian. When Leo backed out of a birthday party to attend their final European gig of 2003, an annoyed friend helpfully

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	Various Artists: Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers

The Louvin Brothers—Charlie and Ira—area rightly considered one of the great duos in country music history. From their remarkable harmonies and musicianship to

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	Muddy Waters: Muddy Mississippi Waters Live

Everybody’s got a favorite bluesman story. My current favorite about Muddy Waters is set far in the distant past, just slightly after the time

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	The Who: Tommy [Deluxe Edition]

Thirty five years ago, Pete Townshend embarked on an ambitious creative trek. Only in his mid-twenties, the Who’s chief protagonist sought to expand upon

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	Jeff Ott: Will Work for Diapers

The two-disc Will Work for Diapers features 15 new songs from Fifteen frontman and political activist Jeff Ott. The album also contains re-workings of Fifteen songs

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15 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Offspring: Splinter

After a three year hiatus from their last recorded effort, the Offspring had an opportunity to close out 2003 with a killer album. They could have

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15 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Isolation Years: Inland Traveller

When was the last time you listened to a handsaw solo that opened a CD? Right from the start, you realize that Isolation Years’ debut

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15 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Chris Gestrin: Stillpoint

The first aspect that you notice about pianist/composer Chris Gestrin on the album Stillpoint is that he likes to play with the aesthetics of

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