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June 2005

Event Reviews


Autolux will put you to sleep while keeping you awake. Lush, dreamy sounds with bursts of distortion that made Jen Cray's head feel light and her feet feel heavy.


Dance/pop darlings of the 80's, Erasure, bring a flamboyant display of unadulterated fun to Orlando's House of Blues. Jen Cray is pleasantly surprised.

The Black Keys

A double bill of white boy blues rock starring The Black Keys and The Hentchmen, and Jen Cray reveals her long-obvious crush for Detroit.

The Gore Gore Girls

The Gore Gore Girls take the two best musical styles of Detroit, Motown and Garage Rock, and combine them with sexy, sultry attitude. Jen Cray reports from the white vinyl lounge.


Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott is a man who does what he wants to do -- and he does it VERY well. David Whited gives insight into the songwriter.

Evan and Jaron

Jaron Lowenstein is treading a familiar path from musician to actor. Andrew Ellis finds out what more about his impending movie career and what he's been up to musically.

Music Reviews

Music B

Bear Claw

Find the Sun (Sick Room). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Boomtown Rats

Best of the Boomtown Rats (Universal). Review by Sean Slone.

Tim Booth

Bone (Koch Records). Review by Sean Slone.


School of Etiquette (Alive). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Born to Be a Motorcycle (Asthmatic Kitty). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music C

The Crash Moderns

The Crash Moderns (Maxim Artists). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music D

Death In Vegas

Satan's Circus (Drone/Universal). Review by Kiran Aditham.

The Decemberists

Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Aaron Shaul.

DJ Premier & Mr. Thing

The Kings of Hip Hop (BBE/Rapster). Review by Bill Campbell.

DJ Rupture

Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6). Review by Bill Campbell.

Music E

Estee Louder

Ohio's Best (Diaphragm). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music F

The Famous

Light, Sweet Crude (Leading Brand Records). Review by Kyrby Raine.

John Fogerty

Deja Vu All Over Again (Geffen). Review by Sean Slone.

Music G

Bebel Gilberto

Remixed (Six Degrees). Review by Kiran Aditham.

The Gourds

Blood of the Ram (Eleven Thirty). Review by Sean Slone.

Music H

Arlene Hattori

Finding Myself Again (). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Hothouse Flowers

Into Your Heart (Eleven Thirty). Review by Sean Slone.

Music J

Jaga Jazzist

What We Must (Ninja Tune). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Norah Jones

Artist's Choice: Music That Matters to Her (Hear Music). Review by Bill Campbell.

Music L


Hail To The Queen (Fussy Music). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The Lift

Road To Hana (Little Red Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.


Static Patterns and Souvenirs (Words On Music). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music M

Magnolia Electric Co.

What Comes After the Blues (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music O


Bright Idea (Self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music R

The RadioSirens

Fearless (Dr. L's Music). Review by Kyrby Raine.

RZA and Keb Darge

Kings of Funk (BBE). Review by Bill Campbell.

Music S


Fundacion NYC (Global Underground). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Shipping News

Flies the Field (Quarterstick). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Alina Simone

Prettier in the Dark (Fractured Discs). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Sunny So Brite

The New American Century (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.


The New American Standard (Retrospect Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music T

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band

Horses in the Sky (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Alive at Last (Columbia). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Turing Machine

Zwei (French Kiss Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music W

Lorraine Devon Wilke

Somewhere On The Way (Manitou Records). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music Y

Year Future

The Hidden Hand (Gold Standard Labs). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Print Reviews


Tired of fruitlessly looking for a kite photography platform? Unwilling to pay thousands of dollars for a steadicam holder for those scenes in your homebrew slasher flick? Ian Koss thinks O'Reilly's Make may be the mag for those do-it-yourselfers with too much smart in their pants.

Snake Oil

You're stuck in the middle of nowhere, a hostile little hole where the residents look mean as toxic dump rats. Stranded without your wallet, without your car, and now you gotta figure out how you're going to scare up some food and cash to call for help. Maybe if you'd read Jim Rose's Snake Oil you'd know what to do. But you didn't. And Ian Koss thinks you're screwed.

Screen Reviews

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight Returns in a whole new epic franchise. Batman has been cleaned up, overhauled and given a dark sense of realism not seen since Tim Burton's first Batman feature back in the day. Rob Levy is spooked and overjoyed.

Beauty and the Geek

The time has come for revenge of the.... Nevermind. When Ian Koss watches Beauty and the Geek, all he sees is the end of television.


Da-duh. Da-duh. Da, da, da, da, da-duh. This summer's first all-star comedy has it all -- from the theme song to the obligatory broomstick. But our resident bumbling husband to a brainy, enchanting beauty isn't quite sold on Nora Ephron's latest concoction. In his review, Steve Stav attempts to explain his vague dissatisfaction with Bewitched.

Cinderella Man

Step aside, Sly -- Russell Crowe gives another Oscar-caliber performance as he quietly takes on all comers as boxing legend Jim Braddock. Director Ron Howard's latest hero of choice is no two-legged Seabiscuit or Apollo Creed-ducking Rocky; he's just a man determined to feed his family at all costs. Our man at ringside, Steve Stav, tallies his scorecard on this week's main event, Cinderella Man.

Bright Future

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa new film about working class alienation and jellyfish mutation in Tokyo is called Bright Future. Aaron Shaul readily acknowledges it as a winning combination.


Finally! A film from Thailand titled 6ixtynin9 that's almost safe enough to watch with your parents and Aaron Shaul is incredulously impressed.

War of the Worlds

For over 100 years, H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds inspired just about every scary and/or schlocky sci-fi flick imaginable, from The Day the Earth Stood Still to Mars Attacks! Is War of the Worlds another hit for Spielberg? Did Tom Cruise give one last great performance before going completely wacko? Our resident vintage sci-fi nut, Steve Stav, ducked atomic rays just long enough to file this report.

Purple Butterfly

It took Aaron Shaul a couple of viewings to unravel the web surrounding Zhang Ziyi's latest film, Purple Butterfly, but it was effort well-spent.