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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco

As someone who, even now, wouldn’t guarantee he could, pulling names out of a hat, infallibly differentiate the song titles from artist names on

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	Various Artists: 270 Miles from Graceland: Live from Bonnaroo 2003 [DVD]

With the ideals of Woodstock thrown out the window, music festivals have become more about corporate synergy than politics.

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	Warren Zevon: VH1 (Inside) Out—Warren Zevon: Keep Me in Your Heart

The power of the film resides in Zevon's directness. He never seems to forget that he's dying, yet he keeps his life from taking on either a romantic sheen or a pitiful skin.

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	Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles

Jamie Stewart can sure leave a lasting impression on a listener. No one is better at feeling miserable, singing about feeling miserable, and making every

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	Wheat: Per Second, Per Second, Per Second… Every Second

For a band just now releasing their major label debut, Wheat already have quite a history. First, they released their debut album, Medeiros, on Sugarfree

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	Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle: One from the Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Tom Waits‘s career can be divided into two halves. In the first half, he leaned heavily on his romantic, world-weary pseudo-beatnik mien and played

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29 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Anne McCue: Roll

Anne McCue responds to Delta blues like Liz Phair responded to the Rolling Stones or like Jane Jensen to comic books: as a touchstone in

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29 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Jay McShann: Goin’ to Kansas City

He’s 87 years old and still going strong. Jay McShann’s enjoyment and appreciation of what he does, which is cook up some great jazz

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29 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Flo Brown: Whateva Comes to Mind

Unless they have a schtick, angry black women with microphones tend to fade into obscurity. Lady of Rage, for example, had a lot of heart

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	Blue Man Group: The Complex Rock Tour Live [DVD]

It's a great concept: a rock concert that is layered in such a way as to act as a meta-commentary about rock concerts.

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26 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Beat Generation

Sometimes perspective is a curse. “It’s true, I got caught in the world,” Allen Ginsberg says from his work, “Bengali Paraphrase” at the end

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Brazilian Electronica

The modern history of Brazil has been one of great promise and sometimes equally great frustration. The 1950s and early 1960s saw a democratic regime

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26 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Sunshine: Necromance

California punk rock label, Gold Standard Laboratories have been digging in the vaults of late. Arab on Radar, Soiled Doves, and now Sunshine have all

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26 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Low Flying Owls: Elixir Vitae

A fuzzed-out three-note bass guitar riff swirls like a stumbling drunk. Whiskey-crazed guitars and primal drums smash against the rhythm like a half-empty bottle of

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Lambchop: Aw Cmon / No You Cmon

It took some guts, but Kurt Wagner’s confidence in his wealth of material has yielded two of Lambchop’s strongest albums to date, and the band has regained the form they showed in the late ‘90s and 2000.

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26 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Hurricane Lamps: Sing Me a Song

According to the The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, a hurricane lamp is a lamp with a candle, oiled wick, or

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26 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Tom House: That Dark Calling

Like Gillian Welch, Tom House mines the deep roots of country music, bypassing honky-tonk and all the various 20th century sub-genres, starting instead with the

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26 Feb 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Everyothers: self-titled

Sometimes you just need something loud and raw to rock your world. Thankfully (and contrary to popular belief), the true loud rock tradition lives on.

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	Darediablo: Feeding Frenzy

Instrumental rock hit its peak in the mid- to late ‘90s, ranging from the post-rock jazz of bands like Tortoise to the mind-bending guitar theatrics

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26 Feb 2004 // 1:00 AM

Twisted (2004)

Jess identifies with her dead mother but also takes up her father's professional aggression, not so much to right wrongs as discover them.

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