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  • What's Not to Like? - A Success Story Where the Good Guys Win?

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    What's Not to Like? - A Success Story Where the Good Guys Win?

    There are many things we don't know about Norah Jones. There are many things we will never know about Norah Jones. But one thing we do knowshe's not a "hype." In the wake of her Grammy sweep, some who find her hopelessly anodyne may try to make her ...

    by Robert Christgau on March 11, 2003
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    Mr. Showstopper - You'll Literally Die Laughing, OK Maybe Not

    Not that many people over 30 would give a shit, but the indie-comedy worldwhich basically runs parallel to the indie-rock world and encompasses The Onion and lots of smart young people who perform improv or write for Conan O'Brien and SNLhasn't pro...

    by Christian Hoard on March 11, 2003
  • Get Yourself Free - Fool for the Kitty

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    Get Yourself Free - Fool for the Kitty

    The last time I saw you/you were on stage/ Your hair was wild/and you were in a rage/You were swinging your guitar around/Cause they wanted to hear that sound/but you didn't want to play. from "I Don't Blame You," the first track on You Are Free ...

    by Emma Pearse on March 11, 2003
  • After Saddam, The Music - Iraq's Divided Pop World Awaits Life in the War's Wake

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    After Saddam, The Music - Iraq's Divided Pop World Awaits Life in the War's Wake

    The end is coming for Saddam. Right now. He knows it, his torturers know it. In the words of a new songto be released in Aprilby Iraq's most famous singer, Kazim Al Sahir (his name has many spellings; he's also called Kadim Al Saher), "The War Is O...

    by Michael Freedberg on March 11, 2003
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    Bombs Away - Heavy Artillery From an Idiot Underground

    Wartime should be a golden opportunity for heavy metal reinvigoration. Bad smallpox shots, Don Rumsfeld's patented press-briefing sneer, Spectre gunship cannon fire cutting down wedding partiesgreat inspirational backdrop for grinding guitar and moa...

    by George Smith on March 11, 2003
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    Music

    Posture of the Lioness Seven white spotlights converge on the woman straddling a grand piano bench. In her flashing silver gown, black boots, and jeans she fulfills all three of her storied personae: diva, witch, and hippie chick. She's mic'd so ...

    on March 11, 2003
  • Mome Raths Outgrabe - Outsider Rockers Come Inside With Vorpal Swords in Hand and God in Their Din

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    Mome Raths Outgrabe - Outsider Rockers Come Inside With Vorpal Swords in Hand and God in Their Din

    Buzzing with the jabberwocky babble of Rhode Island's freakazoid id, Lightning Bolt's 2001 breakthrough, Ride the Skies, was a heroic yawp unto itself. Somewhere beyond the toxic-minivan skronk of Friends Forever and the Speedo-busting stomp of Orthr...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 4, 2003
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    Man Out of Time - Hippie-Hating Misanthrope Rests in Peace With His Past

    John Fahey's life on earth ended in 2001, but the iconic guitarist was always a man out of time. Fahey the musician was an obstinate blues scholar who advanced a decidedly non-folkie version of instrumental Americana and who formed his own record com...

    by Mitch Myers on March 4, 2003
  • Suffragette City - You Throw a Punch, You're Getting One Back

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    Suffragette City - You Throw a Punch, You're Getting One Back

    Resolved, That the objection of indelicacy and impropriety, which is so often brought against woman when she addresses a public audience, comes with a very ill-grace from those who encourage, by their attendance, her appearance on the stage, in the c...

    by Jeanne Fury on March 4, 2003
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    David Roter, 19472003

    David Roter, a solo artist and songwriter long associated with the Blue yster Cult and best known for penning "Joan Crawford" on the band's Fire of Unknown Origin album, died on February 16, soon after receiving a bone marrow transplant in his battl...

    by George Smith on March 4, 2003
  • Your Roots Are Showing - The SEM Orchestra Finds the Old in New Composers

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    Your Roots Are Showing - The SEM Orchestra Finds the Old in New Composers

    The orchestra is the great leveler. Forged in the 19th century, cryogenically frozen at the beginning of the 20th, it embodies the Romantic era's massive gravitational pull. Despite all your ingenuity it remains a pipe organ with three manuals: woodw...

    by Kyle Gann on March 4, 2003
  • Trio Savvy - The Bad Plus's Equilateral Chamber Jazz

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    Trio Savvy - The Bad Plus's Equilateral Chamber Jazz

    A few weeks ago, traveling from the completely sold-out Cassandra Wilson gig at the Jazz Standard to the completely sold-out Bad Plus gig at the Village Vanguard, one could jump to the conclusion that jazz had, at long last, been blasted out of the d...

    by Gary Giddins on March 4, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    Resistance Hymns The thing I'll always remember about the February 15, 2003, anti-war demonstration, apart from playpenned masses and cops riding horses into stroller-pushing parents, is the cold, clear moment when 83-year-old Pete Seeger cut thr...

    on March 4, 2003
  • What I Like About You - Capital-'R' Romantics and Secular Priests

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    What I Like About You - Capital-'R' Romantics and Secular Priests

    Whenever Mom caught the teenaged me mooning about, she'd put one hand on her forehead and lay the other on the table, palm up: "I, too, am a Suffering Romantic Poet. Woe is me. Now do the dishes." She was usually right. Most despair doesn't deserve t...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on February 25, 2003
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    Primordial Oo's - Reasons to Be Cheerfully Wistful, Pt. 3

    Baxter Dury takes those beautifully ethereal oo's and ah's that you find in the background of old Beatles-Kinks-Floyd records and makes them his foreground. Well, not exactly. He also sings words and main melodies, but in such an ethereal high-pitche...

    by Frank Kogan on February 25, 2003
  • Trans-Europe Expression - Sun Sun Sun on the Autobahn

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    Trans-Europe Expression - Sun Sun Sun on the Autobahn

    "Pilot," the catchy-as-a-5:15 standout on the Notwist's elegantly beautiful fifth album, Neon Golden, is not the kind of song customarily championed for pop immortality. Sure, it's got the emotional equilibrium classic pop requiresin "Pilot" 's case...

    by Piotr Orlov on February 25, 2003
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    I Said Ignoramus, Not Dummie

    I've happened upon enough mix albums to essay another very occasional edition of the Ignoramus's Guide to Last Year's Dance Music. Encyclopedic these will never be. But believe in Steinski, Rupture, and Extra Yard. And note that the Pick Hits come fr...

    by Robert Christgau on February 25, 2003
  • Gloss This Mess Around - Two Brothers Walked Into a Bar

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    Gloss This Mess Around - Two Brothers Walked Into a Bar

    The one time I met Frank and John Navin, the two Chicago brothers who front the Aluminum Group, I just had to lie to them that the new yellow Volkswagen Beetle I'd driven to the unbelievably tidy apartment one of them lived in belonged to me and not ...

    by Mikael Wood on February 25, 2003
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    Twelve Unbelchy Men - A Trombone World Reborn

    Aren't trombonists just deeper-voiced saxophonists? Not always. Slide Hampton's new Spirit of the Horn nearly blows my plunger. His sweet tones, round notes, and mumbling slurs send shocks through my martini and chills down my 40. Hampton's "Pop Go...

    by Daniel King on February 25, 2003
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    Music

    Hot in Wherre? Though the response in Madison Square Garden to Fred Durst's appeal for disappearing the war pretty much consisted of me saying "woo," the Grammy Awards crowd was in "agreeance" about one thing. Well, maybe two: When Nelly's flas...

    on February 25, 2003
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