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Two giants making it all happen again

September 15, 2008


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Brian Eno & David ByrneEverything that Happens will Happen Today4 StarsThe 60-year-old Father of Ambient Music Brian Eno has released his 40th musical masterpiece and his second collaborative album with David Byrne, the former lead man of Talking Heads in "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today." Not...

Woody Allen’s new film leaves New York, hits the bull’s-eye

September 15, 2008


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Vicky Cristina BarcelonaDir. Woody Allen(The Weinstein Company)4 StarsBull's eye. Wood Allen hit the mark with "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," a film about two American girls who take a trip to Spain and fall in love with freethinking Spanish artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). The plot remains traditional i...

New Kids On The Block, actually Creepy Old Men

September 8, 2008


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The Block(Interscope Records)1 StarSounds like:New Kids On The BlockBackstreet BoysN'SYNCBoy Bands Past Their PrimeThere is an inherent absurdity to a boy band called New Kids On The Block reuniting after 14 years to put out a new album. The absurdity being, of course, that they're not so new.Yet th...

Tropic Thunder drowns out controversy, baffles critics

September 8, 2008


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Tropic ThunderDreamWorks PicturesRated R2 StarsBen Stiller, long-time actor and Hollywood success, directs "Tropic Thunder," a film that steps beyond a parody of the system of which he is a part. The film is about five Hollywood stars, each exemplifying their own cliché war films, who are cast in a w...

Album Review: Flying Lotus straddles hip-hop and electronica with ease

September 8, 2008


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Flying LotusLos Angeles(Warp Records)4 StarsPrefuse 73Boards of CanadaALBUM REVIEWJohn McMillinMany readers might be unconsciously familiar with his work - he did the tunes in those trip-hoppy black and white house ads for Adult Swim. Those beats were loopy, reverb-tinged chunks of late-night reverie, ...

Here for your viewing pleasure

April 29, 2008


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The Roxy Cinema Why don't people go to the movies anymore? Films viewed on the silver screen are insurmountably better than on a dinky television screen and there's nothing like the collective experience of going to see a film where everyone hates it or loves it. The Roxy offers quality films for just ...

Nothing junior about it

April 29, 2008


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The smell of freshly baked pizza and the sound of avidly talking diners surrounds customers as they walk past Junior's.Located at 167 Main Street, the restaurant was constructed in an old Dunkin Donuts store, yet now, one could not imagine a donut store there instead of this little pizza joint.There are a few tables...

Diggin’ in the crates

April 28, 2008


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WRUV's Music Director, Brooke Morrison says: Here are five albums to celebrate the end of the school year from DJ Bill Murray! Have a great summer and be sure to czech out these sweet jams:Cut Copy: In Ghost Colors(Modular)It's summer, wanna get dancey? Australian electro-pop at it's finest, these Melbourn...

[critic]al thinking

April 28, 2008


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Saturdays = Youth + M83 = bomb-ass recordM83Saturdays = Youth(Mute U.S.)3.5 StarsRecord Review Molly Shaker"Saturdays = Youth" - the most recent album from French musician M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) - is big music. And by big, we really mean epic. In almost every sense of the word, "Saturdays = Youth" will r...

[critic]al thinking

February 4, 2008


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An album to sink your teeth intoRecord Review Andrew DeTullioVampire Weekend s/t(Xl Recordings)4.5 Stars With the rising critical power of the blogosphere, Internet hype can now either make or break a band before they even release a record. Already, 2008 has one of these highly coveted and hyped band...

El-P Develops a Futuristic Concept

March 27, 2007


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Emerging from the roots of modern underground hip-hop with the group Company Flow, El-P is no stranger to the game - in fact, by founding Def Jux Records, he has an active role in defining it.Coming off a five-year hiatus since his widely hailed "Fantastic Damage," El- Producto is finally answering the pleas...

The Second Most Famous Mouse

March 27, 2007


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Modest Mouse has avoided using a higher budget - a perk to being signed to a major label - toindulge in excesses or to muddle their sound. Instead, the band has used this luxury to explore their genre, as any weathered band should do.On their new album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," Isaac Bro...

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