Reviews
	The Stairs: Miraculous Happens

Some people achieve great things. The Pyramids. The double helix. King Lear. The abolition of slavery. Relativity. Admittedly, those are examples of some pretty rarified

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	Slayer: Soundtrack to the Apocalypse

Twenty years after the emergence of America’s great “Big Four” thrash metal bands, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer, it’s interesting when you stop

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22 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Sun Kil Moon: Ghosts of the Great Highway

No longer worried about What’s Next to the Moon?, ex-Red House Painters troubadour Mark Kozelek returns to the dusty earth with an album of

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22 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Spiders: Glitzkrieg

The conventional wisdom surrounding Austin, Texas, is that the city is a creative hotbed, home to both the SXSW Festival and populated by free-thinking boho

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	Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Raise Your Spirit Higher (Wenyukela)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of those acts that everyone should go and see. The sweet South African harmonies of this band, which was brought

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	Karminsky Experience Inc.: The Power of Suggestion

You’ll often find me in the virtual pages of PopMatters carping on about this or that album released overseas that was introduced shamefully late

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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)

Like Legally Blonde, Win a Date showcases an independent-minded girl whose naïveté and credulity make her admirable.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Touching the Void (2003)

Each climber can come to terms with 'what happened,' but neither can know the entire truth of it.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Japanese Story (2003)

Like the striking landscape where it is filmed, Japanese Story is unpredictable, hard-edged, and strangely beautiful.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Company (2003)

Evocations of life's uncertainty -- an Altman specialty -- simultaneously expose the obstacles the ballet company must overcome in order to mount a production.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan is hooked on revising his past until he gets it right (not an unlikely metaphor for scriptwriting).

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21 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Urbs in Horto: A Chicago Indiepop Compilation

Compilations like these are always a mixed bag. Especially ones that consist of bands that are all on the same label. The label already, presumably,

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	Various Artists: Johnny Cash: Artist’s Choice

Johnny Cash loved good songwriting. Labels never mattered. As his voluminous catalogue of recorded music demonstrates, he was just as comfortable singing his own tunes,

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	Soul Position: 8,000,000 Stories

The Rhymesayers label has gained considerable attention over the last year with a slew of effective hip-hop releases. While this can be attributed to well-received

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	Mindy Smith: One Moment More

There seems to be a growing number of female singers that don’t quite fit into that country niche, nor snuggly into the alt-country or

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21 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Slick Shoes: Far From Nowhere

See that title up there? That’s what you’re going to hear when you listen to this album. That same old bash-bash-bash rhythm churned

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21 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Quetzal: Work Songs

Los Angeles, California. Nestled in the expansive geographic corridors of Aztlan, the busy metropolis is becoming a city famous for inventive Chicano music. Quetzal as

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21 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Chumbawamba: Readymades and Then Some

Had Leeds’ most famous knock-down-able (but get-up-able) anarchists been around in the early 1980s instead of today, my guess is that Chumbawamba would’ve played

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The Week You Weren’t Here by Charles Blackstone

Critics must be fair in their evaluation of a book and they must explain their disappointment or their joy. They should, from time to time, recommend that others give a book a try -- that their analysis is not the final word.

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21 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Passwords by Jean Baudrillard

The concepts at the heart of Baudrillard's book invoke, reflect, subvert, and play with one another, sometimes compelling the careful reader to read the book backwards so that she or he might then begin reading forwards again.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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