Reviews

10 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Jesse Cook: Nomad

Jesse Cook and his flamenco guitar playing has been known in some parts of the world for a few years now, but he only seemed

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10 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Closure: self-titled

Tonic and Nickelback are just two of the bands Closure attempt to ape on their self-titled debut album, as they try to take bits of

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8 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Raekwon: The Lex Diamond Story

Oh, it kicks off something lovely, no doubt. On the blade-concise “Pit Bull Fights”, over a frenetic bassline and itchy trigger horns, the Chef stakes

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	Paula Kelley: The Trouble with Success or How You Fit into the World

Imagine grandiose, baroque pop, fully orchestrated with strings, horns, and a choir fronted by what sounds like a little girl’s voice. It’s actually

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8 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Kill Hannah: For Never & Ever

Androgyny sells! Tight pants, tight shirts, snazzy scarves, wristbands, shoes, and of course, lots and lots of eyeliner. Boys who imitate girls attract more girls.

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	Jimi Hendrix: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix

Recently, Rolling Stone ran a feature on the one-hundred greatest guitarists of all time, and though it was worth flipping through to see who made

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8 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Terry Hall & Mushtaq: The Hour of Two Lights

Terry Hall’s a man who’s not afraid to flirt with different musical genres, or to stay in any one musical incarnation for too

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	Howie Day: Stop All the World Now

I had Australia for weeks—months maybe—before it struck me. The first few listens, I just wasn’t impressed; but when that one listen

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8 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Dakona: Perfect Change

Vancouver’s Dakona have taken the typical route to releasing a major-label debut—I only hope they don’t end up like the majority of

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	Thad Cockrell: Warmth & Beauty

Yep Roc have has some of the best Americana artists coming out from its roster, including Caitlin Cary. Thad Cockrell, while not exactly in the

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	The Bevis Frond: New River Head

With the preponderance of ‘60s-rock influences on current indie music, it’s hard to remember how irrelevant the whole tradition was held to be in

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Paycheck (2003)

Michael (Ben Affleck) doesn't set out to control anything: he just wants to get paid.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Power Trip (2003)

The real villain, as Power Trip portrays it, is the corrupt Georgian government, led at the time by Eduard Shevardnadze.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Monster (2003)

Aileen is a terrifying specter, precisely because she's neither only a victim nor only monstrous. As Theron plays her, she swaggers and rationalizes, trusts and fumes.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Nothing drains the life from great art like a well-intentioned attempt to explain away its mysteries.

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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

The actors are left with little to do but hustle from scene to scene: pratfall, pathos, hug, repeat.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Chasing Liberty (2004)

Chasing Liberty is another vehicle made to fit Mandy Moore's development as an artist.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Big Fish (2003)

Edward is less obviously an outsider than Burton's other Edwards (Scissorhands and Wood), but equally filled with a winning sense of wonder.

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7 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

NCAA March Madness 2004

As the game embodies the hoopla and excitement of college sports, it equally reflects its cultural politics.

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7 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

While some would say that all art is political, and video games, as an art form, must then also be political, they would have to dig awfully deep in Double Dash!! to find politics worth discussing.

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