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July 2005

Event Reviews

Bloc Party

London's Bloc Party capture the essence of a rainy summer day at Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival, winning over a skeptical Jen Cray in the process.

Hot Hot Heat

Canadian-bred Hot Hot Heat began their North American tour with an MTV live taping at Orlando's Hard Rock Live. Jen Cray gives us a glimpse.

Louis XIV

LouisXIV may be ripping off T. Rex and David Bowie, and they may only know how to write songs about one topic (sex!), yet they're music is irressistibly catchy. Jen Cray is hooked.

The White Stripes

Playing their first North American show in support of their latest release, The White Stripes draw a crowd in the tens of thousands for their closing performance on the first night of Atlanta's annual Music Midtown Festival, and Jen Cray gets to scratch out the top name on her list.

Interviews

Atlanta Rhythm Section

The Atlanta Rhythm Section has been together for over 30 years. Michelle LaRose-Hasselbach catches up to them in St. Petersburg and gets the lowdown on touring, their discography, and peeing on the White House lawn.

Cary Pierce

Andrew Ellis talks to former Jackopierce frontman Cary Pierce about his career and why he feels blessed.

Matt Pond PA

Brian Heater discusses campfires and other people's music with the enigmatic Matt Pond.

interviews

Carrie Nuttall

Percussion and photography cross paths in Rhythm & Light. Steve Stav gets the beat from Carrie Nuttall, wife of Rush drummer Neil Peart.

Music Reviews

Music A

Akufen

Fabric 17 (Fabric Records). Review by Bill Campbell.

All-Star Bluegrass Celebration

All-Star Bluegrass Celebration (Sugar Hill). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Michele Ari

85th and Nowhere (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music B

Before Today

A Celebration of an Ending (Equal Vision). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Blessid Union of Souls

Perception (Ultrax Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Peter Brotzmann Clarinet Project

Berlin Djungle (Atavistic). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music C

The Churchills

The Odds of Winning (Near Records/Redeye). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Cinematic

Cinematic (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music D

Devotchka

How It Ends (Cicero Recordings). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music E

Eau Claire

Eau Claire (Clairecords). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music F

Fantomas

Suspended Animation (Ipecac). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Music G

Give 'em the Boot IV

Give 'em the Boot IV (Hellcat Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music H

Heikki

2 (Magic Marker). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music I

Imaginary Friends

Fragile Illusion (Oceanic). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Insight

The Maysun Project (Ascetic Music). Review by Bill Campbell.

Music L

Lemon

Changing Into Me (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Lisala

Get It (Anonka Records). Review by Bill Campbell.

Music M

Monkey

Cruel Tutelage (Asian Man). Review by Brian Heater.

Music P

Puffy AmiYumi

Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Epic). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music R

Riddlin' Kids

Stop The World (Aware/Columbia). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music S

Saddleback

Everything's a Love Letter (Preservation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Billy Sheehan

Cosmic Troubadour (Favored Nations). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Shepherd

The Coldest Day (Exile on Mainstream). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music T

Travis

Singles (Epic/Independiente). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Screen Reviews

Bad News Bears

In a summer chock-full of remakes, the concept of remaking The Bad News Bears -- a perfect film if there ever was one -- boggles the mind. However, with Billy Bob Thornton pinch-hitting for Walter Matthau, the 21st century Bears tip their hat to the original. Our scout in the bush leagues, Steve Stav, stopped laughing long enough to file his report.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

While the story pretty much stays the same, Tim Burton's new take on a classic children's book -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- is missing some of the first film adaptation's essential ingredients. So says our resident critic with a sweet tooth, Steve Stav, in his enlightening review.

Last Life in the Universe

Master cinematographer Christopher Doyle collaborates with upcoming Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanauang for the first time on Last Life in the Universe. Aaron Shaul thinks it might be the best film he's seen so far this year.

Fantastic Four

"Flame on!" With that iconic phrase, Marvel Comics' first super-group -- the Fantastic Four -- finally make their appearance on the big screen this summer. Can Tim Story's presentation of the classic comic book possibly live up to the hype? More importantly, does the movie reach Spider-Man levels of filmmaking genius...or will it join Hulk and Elektra in the dustbin of superhero duds? Our resident Jack Kirby worshipper, Steve Stav, just might have the answer.

The Animation Show

A collection of animated short films from around the world, presented by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt, amuses Carl F Gauze.

Land of the Dead

After a long absence from the genre that he innovated, Joe Frietze witnesses George Romero's return, to teach the young pups how to make a zombie movie. Land of the Dead hits on all cylinders, serving up classic scares while still moving his overall story along.