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April 2006

Event Reviews

Billy Joel

The Piano Man returned to Philly for the third of five sold-out shows. Brittany Sturges explains why the man still fills the place.

Motion City Soundtrack

Everything is alright when Motion City Soundtrack takes the stage. Except Brittany Sturges can't get that tune out of her head.

OK GO

Chicago foursome OK GO use their charm, and their smooth dance moves, to win the hearts of Jen Cray and Orlando. But not the Orlando police.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie brings his skulls, clown heads, and robots to Orlando for a sold-out spectacle for the lucky 2,000 who were able to get tickets. And Jen Cray was one of two people who got to take photographs.

Features

What the Grammys can learn from the Oscars

If the Motion Picture Academy has learned one thing this year, it's that independent and low-budget films are generally better than the crap that Hollywood is now pumping out. So what can the Grammys learn from this? Tim Wardyn goes over the lesson plan.

Interviews

Bobby Steele

David Lee Beowulf discusses the meaning of true Punk Rock, litigation and defamation, and many anticipated projects with Bobby Steele, Undead frontman and Misfits' guitarist circa 1978-1980.

Music Reviews

Music A

Acid House Kings

Do What You Wanna Do EP (Twentyseven ). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Anoice

Remmings (Important). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Jon Abel

More Than This (Foreverything Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music B

Gus Black

Autumn Days (Cheap Lullaby). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Blue October

Foiled (Universal/Brando). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music C

Children's Music For Adults

Children's Music for Adults Volume 1 (Daft Alliance). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music D

Michael Dean Damron

A Perfect Day for a Funeral (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Degenerate Art Ensemble

The Bastress (Tellous). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music F

Feu Therese

Feu Therese (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music G

Girlyman

Little Star (Daemon Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

GT

Revolution (Self-released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music H

Hello Saferide

Introducing... Hello Saferide/Long Lost Penpal EP (Razzia). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Zack Hexum

The Story So Far (What Have You/Trauma Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Glenn T. Hubbard

The Hubbard Concept (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music M

Man of the Year

A New and Greater Tokyo (Tiny Beat Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Edwin McCain

Lost In America (Vanguard Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Mezzrow

Mezzrow (Self Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Montt Mardie

Drama (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.

MU

Out of Breach (Output). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music P

Peccatum

The Moribund People (The End Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Planeside

Milk (Exotic Recordings). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music S

Snoozie and the Miltonics

We Make Noise (self-released). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music T

Taking Back Sunday

Louder Now (Warner Brothers Records). Review by Brittany Sturges.

Tenth Planet

The Prophet Curse (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Leon Triplett

The Leon Triplett Project (Triplett Records). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Print Reviews

Becoming Abigail

Looking for a light read that you'll forget the moment you finish? Then don't read Becoming Abigail. Chris Abani's poetic prose, subtle sequences, and graphic detail make Tim Wardyn quite thankful that he's not Abigail's cousin, Peter.

Comrade Rockstar

Tom Schulte opened up this book expecting a straightforward telling of American-turned-Soviet rockstar Dean Reed's life. What he ended up with was a crazy musical kaleidoscope of red, white, and blue... and more red.

Harlem of the West

PBS contributors assemble eyewitness accounts and flash photography to give an overlooked West Coast jazz scene its day in the sun, and their Harlem of the West makes Matthew Moyer a happy kid indeed in the eye candy store.

Best Selling Jewish Porn Films

The only thing that can stop Carl F. Gauze from reading Wayne Koestenbaum's enjoyable new volume of poetry is ... Hold on a sec. Who's there? Pizza? I didn't order a pizza....

Manhattan Noir

With the newest installment of the Noir anthology series, John Hood takes a few bloody bites out of the Big Bad Apple and savors the poisonous taste.

The Cannabis Companion

I know you don't smoke weed; but it's Friday and you're going to read about getting high today. Mary Petralia passes us The Cannabis Companion, a glossy guide that elevates the illicit leaf to the status of wine and fancy chocolates. So clear off that green stuff, make room on the coffee table, and puff puff, give.

The Near Future

Old people finding romance and adventure in the seedy side of Florida? No, it's not life on the mean streets of Bradenton, it's Joe Ashby Porter's new novel. Carl F. Gauze gives it a close read.

Screen Reviews

This is Who We Are

Brittany Sturges offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Hawthorne Heights, as they prepare to release their next album.

Tsotsi

From the bloody streets of Johannesburg comes this uplifiting tale of life after crime in the ghetto. Rob Levy explains why this film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.