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April 2005

Event Reviews

Interpol

The guys of Interpol look and sound great in concert, but remind Jen Cray of a bunch of Ken dolls when onstage.

Tiger Army

In one year's time psychobilly trio Tiger Army have graduated from playing small clubs, to being the supporting act on a high profile tour, to headlining their first American tour. Jen Cray gives the analysis.

Music Reviews

Fried Glass Onions

Memphis Meets The Beatles (Inside Sounds). Review by Joe Frietze.

Music A

Cindy Alexander

Angels and Demons (JamCat Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Aloha

Here Comes Everyone (Polyvinyl). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Kasey Anderson

Dead Roses (Resonant Noise). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Appalachians

The Appalachians (Dualtone). Review by David Whited.

Ass End Offend

Character Assassins (Wantage USA). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Autolux

Future Perfect (DMZ/Red Ink). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Averi

Drawn To Revolving Doors (Averi Music). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music B

Tony Bennett

The Art of Romance (RPM/Columbia). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Blanket Music

Cultural Norms (Hush). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Breaking Benjamin

We Are Not Alone (Hollywood). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Brendan L. Butler

Killer on the Road (Gern Bladstein). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Butterfly 9

Butterfly 9 (GCG). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music C

Neko Case

The Tigers Have Spoken (Anti). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Child Pornography

The Beatles (Deathbomb Arc Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Cirque du Soleil

Tapis Rouge - Solarium (Cirque du Soleil Musique). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Combat Wounded Veteran

This is Not an Erect, All-Red Neon Body (No Idea). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music D

Devin Davis

Lonely People of the World, Unite! (Mousse). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

The Dears

Protest (Ace Fu). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Deccatree

Battle of Life (Self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Ani Difranco

Knuckle Down (Righteous Babe). Review by Jen Cray.

Doom Capitol

Maryland/DC Heavy Rock Underground (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music E

Erasure

Nightbird (Mute). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music F

Fever Dream

Freeze! (Coalition Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Flesh

The Flesh (Gern Blandsten). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music G

Goatsnake

Trampled Under Hoof (Southern Lord). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music H

Hangedup

Clatter For Control (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

David Harness

Heartbeat Volume 1 (Loveslap). Review by Rob Levy.

MTV2 Headbangers Ball: Volume 2

MTV2 Headbangers Ball: Volume 2 (Roadrunner Records). Review by Joe Frietze.

The Hollies

Reunion (Fuel 2000). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music I

It Dies Today

The Caitiff Choir (Trustkill Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music J

Japanische Kampfhoernspiele

Hardcore Aus der Ersten World (Bastardized Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music M

Magnapop

Mouthfeel (Daemon). Review by Jen Cray.

Mary Had A Little Amp

Mary Had A Little Amp (Epic). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Mean Girls

Music From the Motion Picture (Ryko). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Methadones

Not Economically Viable (Thick). Review by Jen Cray.

Miss TK and the Revenge

XOXO (Gern Blandsten). Review by Aaron Shaul.

My Favorite Songwriters

My Favorite Songwriters (Five One). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music N

Lau Nau

Kuutarha (Locust). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Nedelle

From the Lion's Mouth (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Aaron Shaul.

New Roman Times

International Affairs (Social Recordings). Review by Jen Cray.

North Lincoln

Truth is a Menace (No Idea). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music O

The Organ

Grab That Gun (Mint). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Outrageous Cherry

Why Don't We Talk About Something Else (Rainbow Quartz). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music P

Papa Roach

Getting Away With Murder (Interscope). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Pitty Sing

demons, you are the stars in cars 'till I die (Or Music). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music R

The Roots

The Tipping Point (Geffen Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music S

Scorpions

Unbreakable (Sanctuary). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music T

13 & God

13 & God (Anticon/Alien Transistor). Review by Kiran Aditham.

These Enzymes

Henry (Doghouse). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Mary Timony

Ex Hex (Lookout! Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Transmissionary Six

Get Down (FILM Guerrero). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Travoltas

The High School Reunion (Fastmusic/Caroline). Review by Al Pergande.

Music W

We Versus the Shark

Ruin Everything! (Hello Sir). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Wilshire

Already Home (Wilshire Music). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Screen Reviews

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Don't panic. The end of the world as we know it is just the beginning of a long-anticipated film version of the legendary Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Does this film do justice to Douglas Adams' novels, or is it destined for the scrap heap of literary-adaptation failures? Treasured towel in hand, Hitchhiker novice Steve Stav surfs the cosmos and provides the answer in his enlightening review.

Guess Who

A remake in the vein of Meet The Parents about a boy who... well, meets the parents of his fiancee. Rob Levy explains what works and what doesn't in this rehash of a classic.

Writer of O

A documentary about the author of "Story of O", the controversial novel about sadomasochism. Carl F Gauze unwraps the plain brown wrapper.

The Staircase

A horrific accident...or a horrific murder? The Staircase, a true-crime documentary, follows one of North Carolina's most sensational and most controversial murder cases from beginning to end. Our court reporter on Tobacco Road, Steve Stav, previews the Sundance Channel's new mini-series from the jury box.