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    Music

    Food, Clothing, and . . . Twelve years is an eternity in New York clubland. So it's somewhat miraculous that the deep-house haven Shelter is still thriving a dozen years on. Then again, maybe that's not so surprising. Timmy Regisford's longtime ...

    on March 18, 2003
  • Mais Oui, Louis - Yes, French Music—or Should We Make That Freedom Music?

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    Mais Oui, Louis - Yes, French Musicor Should We Make That Freedom Music?

    A certain kind of melody is embedded deep in the DNA of silent movies. It's a melancholy diatonic waltz, the love child of "After the Ball" and Charlie Chaplin, whose genius extended to sentimental themes that prod us to smile through our tears. The ...

    by Gary Giddins on March 18, 2003
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    The Bronzeville Hop - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    Leave aside whether R. Kelly is a bad, bad man and ask what his recent treatment at the hands of the courts would do to any man. The case made against him is the result of over three years of surveillance, investigation, and prying. Ken Starr had les...

    by Sterling Clover on March 18, 2003
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    Natassia, It Was Really Nothing - Show Me Round Your Snow-Peaked Mountains Way Down South

    Pop knows well the love that dare not speak its name. But with the global ascendancy of the two Russian 18-year-olds who make up the sapphic pheromonomenon t.A.T.u., the secret language is officially a dead tongue. Speaking of tongues: t.A.T.u.'s bra...

    by Dennis Lim on March 18, 2003
  • Micro-Monuments - The Flux Quartet Explores the Cracks Between the Piano Keys

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    Micro-Monuments - The Flux Quartet Explores the Cracks Between the Piano Keys

    You've got to hand it to Johnny Reinhard. His American Festival of Microtonal Music keeps the varied sound of alternative tunings coursing through Manhattan in a flow remarkable for its quantity, if not always quality. And every now and then, amid th...

    by Kyle Gann on March 18, 2003
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
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