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September 2008

Event Reviews

Anthony Green

Jen Cray catches Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green's intimate Orlando show, where only tentative steps are taken away from his signature crowd-pleasing sound.

Convergence 14

What happens when 200 Goths descend on Tampa to jump the shark? Bob Pomeroy checks out Convergence 14 and doesn't even have to wear black.

Leon Russell

Matt Parish looks into the eyes of soul at a recent Leon Russell show.

The Queers

Jen Cray shrugs off another day's responsibilities, dodging tossed beers and fake blood to sidle up to The Queers at The Social (duh, where else)?

Wild Sweet Orange

Jen Cray is bewitched by the subtle dramatics of Alabama's Wild Sweet Orange.

Features

British Mysteries From Acorn Media

Are you tired of detective shows where the lead is a mess of addictions, neuroses, and failed relationships? If so, Joe Frietze recommends this trio of British mysteries with a different spin on the genre. Check out The Last Detective, DNA, and Midsomer Murders.

Interviews

Lucky Dragons

In an era of technological power in the hands of the masses, Lucky Dragons stands as a vivid testament to the power of people. Penny Duff asks Dragon Luke Fischbeck how?

Steinski

With the recent release of a career retrospective, pioneering hip-hop producer and sound collagist Steinski will no longer be one of the genre's best kept secrets. Chris Catania gets the story from the man himself.

Tyler Shamy

Tyler Shamy takes a break from acting, singing, writing, dancing -- and high school -- to catch Jen Cray up on what it means to be a teenaged pop star these days.

Zaki Ibrahim

Operating in a genre dominated by paint-by-numbers R&B, Zaki Ibrahim paints soul -- outside the lines -- with a purple paint brush. S D Green talks to the emergent Canadian soulstress about globalism in her sound, the unlikely influence of Tom Waits, and why critics refuse to believe Canadian artists have soul.

Music Reviews

Music B

Blind Pilot

3 Rounds and a Sound (Expunged Records/ In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Chris Brown

Exclusive (Jive). Review by Cindy Barrymore

The Browns

The Complete Hits (Collector's Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music C

Change!

Change! (Hot Topic - Sub City - Hopeless Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Cheb i Sabbah

Devotion (Six Degrees). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Alice Cooper

Along Came A Spider (Steamhammer / SPV ). Review by Matt Parish.

Caldwell Shine

Which Way Is Mine (Self-released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music D

Diebold

Listen to My Heartbeast (Bangor). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music G

The Go-Sheilas

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (RemLo Productions). Review by Jen Cray.

Music H

Juliana Hatfield

How To Walk Away (Ye Olde Records). Review by Laura Pontillo.

Holy Rolemodel

The Sum of Our Parts (self released). Review by Jen Cray.

Music J

Jackopierce

Promise of Summer (Foreverything Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music K

Kenna

Make Sure They See My Face (Interscope). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Music L

The Lackloves

Cathedral Square Park (Rainbow Quartz International). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music M

Ministry and Co-Conspirators

Cover Up (Megaforce/13th Planet). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Mirabilia

Log in Eye (Seksound). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Moreland & Arbuckle

1861 (Northern Blues). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music P

Pale Moon Gang

Pale Moon Gang (Fast Loose). Review by Jen Cray.

The Paper Champions

Sounds From the Cutting Room Floor (Reason Y). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music S

The Slants

Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Static Radio NJ

An Evening of Bad Decisions (Black Numbers). Review by Jen Cray.

Music T

Greg Laswell

Three Flights From Alto Nido (Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Tilly & the Wall

O (Team Love). Review by Jen Cray.

The Ting Tings

We Started Nothing (Columbia Records). Review by Andrew Coulon.

Music U

Unicycle Loves You

Unicycle Loves You (Highwheel). Review by Chris Catania.

Print Reviews

Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Comics Fanzine

What's the greatest form of flattery? The fanzine, of course. Andrew Coulon digs this collection of Alter Egos from TwoMorrows.

Confessions of A Tabloid Writer!

Staff Writer Enthralled By Absurd! Carl F Gauze gets a secret thrill from the tabloid stories of Sam Post.

Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing

Do you know the difference between stovepipe and cigarette pants? Andrew Coulon does, and he's lording it over the ladies in his life. Don't get burned -- check out Erika Stalder's Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing for yourself.

Mego 8" Super-Heroes

Like a kid in a toystore, Matthew Moyer is agog over this photo collection devoted to Mego's delightfully strange line of classic superhero action-figures from the late Seventies. They look like dolls to me....

Screen Reviews

Celtic Tides - A Musical Odyssey

A bonnie look at the history and influence of the Celts -- Carl Gauze could stand a little less chatter and a lot more music.

Coffee Therapy

Darnell Shacklebee relives the ups and downs of his life when all his former therapists arrive at his coffee shop. Carl F Gauze looks past perhaps the worst film packaging ever and finds much to enjoy in this homemade release.

Iggy and the Stooges: Escaped Maniacs

Rip your shirt off and check out Iggy Pop's shake appeal... Scott Adams tells Ink 19 The Stooges are really big in Belgium right now.

Les Claypool

Fancy (Prawn Song Records). Review by Cindy Barrymore.

Man On Wire

Carl F Gauze catches a fleeting glimpse of Philippe Petit, the man who strung a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center and walked across it one morning.

The Duchess

Julie Haverkate wishes The Duchess moved her as much as Keira Knightley's performance did.