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Wario Ware Touched!

Wario Ware Touched! remains something of a demonstration of the unique properties of the DS.

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30 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Viewtiful Joe 2

Realistic games have about as much entertainment value as watching wet paint dry.

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30 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Punisher

Because Castle is who he is, players are allowed to use dozens of environmental hazards to interrogate would-be killers.

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30 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

NBA Street V3

It's a shame that the game exposes its weaknesses through forced repetition, because it comes frighteningly close to transcending its own artificiality.

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	Yo La Tengo: Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003

For longtime fans, this Yo La Tengo retrospective offers an optional third-disc of rarities and outtakes, and for uninitiated listeners, it's the perfect introduction to one of indie-rock's most inviting -- and, sadly, most stigmatized -- bands.

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29 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Samael: Reign of Light

On their first album in nearly six years, metal innovators Samael keep their sight set forward.

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	Lowcloudcover: I Took a Second Too Long EP

Arty Southern Californians wake up with the house on fire, delivering an intense, doomy and promising EP. And one killer bassline.

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	Fred Hersch / Kurt Elling / Kate McGarry: Leaves of Grass

On the eve of his 50th birthday Fred Hersch doesn't so much celebrate Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass -- or Whitman or even himself -- as indulge feelings alien to performing the text.

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	Al Green: Everything’s OK

While the world is fortunate for having a delightful new Al Green album, and we're all glad his life is in order, Everything's OK lacks the conflicted passion that was the hallmark of his greatest music.

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29 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Brendan Benson: The Alternative to Love

With music that's deceptively simple and lyrics often prone to over-rhyming, Benson still manages to deliver another melodic winner.

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29 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Audible: Sky Signal

Mike Kennedy's songs take indie-rock to the next level on Audible's full-length debut. The former drummer for matt pond PA steps out of the shadows and quietly makes a classic album.

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

It's hard to believe a night this cool began with two hyperactive dimwits jumping around in Day-Glo wigs.

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ahoy! When ne plus ultra swings on deck, musical mutiny can't be far behind. ARRR!!!

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

What do you do when two of the four bands don't show? Get drunk and enjoy what's left.

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

John Coltrane was a large man who cast a long shadow - over jazz, over American culture, and over his son.

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

If only I had a hip older sister whose tastes had trickled down. Then again, better late than never.

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Singer or savvy satirist? For camp to work, you've got to relish the trashiness of the material and Bernhard is a master of this dialogue.

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29 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance by Matthew Kneale

The Winter family's disastrous experience is a microcosm of the relationship between the world's haves and have-nots.

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This book had the makings of a great literary-mystery hybrid of the sort not seen since, perhaps, Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye.

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The Muse and the Mechanism by Josh Davis

Charlie Fell is a slightly jaded yet optimistic reincarnation of Stephen Dedalus. And, like Dedalus, he wonders endlessly, trying to find meaning to his life.

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