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Case of the Missing Keys ***

The Black Keys will always suffer from comparisons to the White Stripes. Like the band's Midwestern garage-rock duo counterparts also named after a color and a noun, the Black Keys has spent its time ...
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CD: International Dischord **

Based on his undeniable talent and innovation as a producer for acts like Spank Rock and M.I.A., Diplo probably deserves to have his work released as part of a compilation.
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Clint Eastwood Has Still Got It, Baby

You almost begin to feel like cattle as a journalist covering red carpet events at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. You're sent through the chute with your fellow journalists and paparazzi a...
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Tears of Joy *****

The first thing that will strike you about listening to The Crying Light, the latest release from Antony and the Johnsons, is the almost ridiculously heartbreaking beauty of the whole affair. Antony H...
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The Neverending Story **

David Fincher and Brad Pitt have notably collaborated before, bringing Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club to the big screen, creating an icon of modern cinema in the process. It would then stand to reason t...
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Robotic Engineering (0 stars)

Wherever T-Pain is, he needs to be dragged out in front of the public and put into the stockade for crimes committed against music. He has directly contributed to this increasingly distressing vocorde...
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Bond Is Back… ***

James Bond movies are supposed to be fun, escapist and entertaining fare that pass in one ear and out the other without a great deal of consequence and with a great deal of snappy one-liners, smoking ...
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Dance Dance Revolution

To the throng that waited outside the Thunderdome at 6 p.m. to be let into the concert, I tip my hat and shake my head. The doors opened at 6:30 p.m., but Lupe Fiasco didn't take the stage until aroun...
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Porntastic ****

"Zack and Miri Make a Porno" sees Kevin Smith doing lots of things that he has never done before -- moving out of his favored New Jersey locale and into a slightly different but equally industrial cor...
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Androgynous Vamping ***

Skeletal Lamping is definitive proof that Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes has taken a dive off the deep end. The Athens, Ga. band takes its brand of freaky, psychedelic folk and infuses it with a sexual en...
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Imperfect Monotony

Until this point, Keane had never released an album in the same year as Coldplay. Maybe Perfect Symmetry is a sign that the band has finally branched out from unabashedly jocking its countrymen's soun...
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‘Body of Lies’ Review

Who knew that a Ridley Scott-directed movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe about the capture of an Osama bin Laden-like terrorist before he strikes in America could be the worst crime ag...
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Free Flow

T.I.'s songs require more than one listen for the listener to truly "get it."
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Palahniuk-Lite

Chuck Palahniuk should be handed some kind of award for being arguably the most darkly creative author of his generation (not to mention one of its most popular).
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Extravaganza 2008

A thick cloud of smoke hung over Harder Stadium's infield, where a crowd of students, community members and out-of-towners gathered for UCSB's 10th annual Extravaganza music festival.
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