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Tindersticks

On their last two albums–Can Our Love…(Beggars Banquet, 2001) and Simple Pleasure (Island, 1999; it was never released in the U.S.)–England’s most elegant merchants of mope livened up their baroque sound with an undercurrent of R & B. Though front man Stuart Staples hardly sounded like he was down on his knees testifying, the rhythms […]

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Juve vs. Fantomas

To my mind French director Louis Feuillade is the greatest filmmaker of the teens–greater even than D.W. Griffith or Maurice Tourneur–yet aside from this single episode of his first great serial, Fantomas (1913), his work hasn’t been screened commercially in the U.S. for 90 years. Like his masterpiece Les vampires (1915), this thriller pits high-tech […]

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Yo-Yo Ma & the Assads

Passionate about their instruments and musical ideas from many cultures and genres, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad were destined to work together. They first did so in the late 90s on the best-selling Grammy winner Soul of the Tango, a compilation of works by Astor Piazzolla. The Assad brothers were […]

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Clem Snide

Over the course of four albums, Clem Snide singer-guitarist Eef Barzelay has perfected the flirtation technique of the soulful nerd like no one since Arto Lindsay. His lyrics on the band’s latest, Soft Spot (Spinart), indicate that he’s more self-conscious about his persona than ever: “All Green” riffs obviously on the soul man’s name; “Close […]

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Weird Science

Don’t know much about history? Don’t know much biology? Well, you can either retake those classes you slept through the first time or spend an evening watching the Galileo Players’ new revue, A Comedic Tour of the Universe. Forgoing stale send-ups of current events, celebrities, and relationships, this smart production digs out the humor in […]

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Animal Collective

At first Animal Collective’s Here Comes the Indian (the first release from their own Paw-Tracks label, a sister to Carpark) sounds kind of dinky: anxious little snarls of noise, the pitter-patter of a hi-hat, gently warped strings, intermittent electronic sighs, muted twinkles, insect buzzing. But when you take the time to sit down and actually […]

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Sports Section

Through the first half of the season, the White Sox seemed to take a sadistic pleasure in jerking their fans around. Just when the Sox were encouraging hope and affection, they’d quash them with abysmal play; just when a fan was prepared to give up entirely, the Sox would run off an impressive stretch. The […]

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True Books

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 2003 edition, by Kevin Zraly (Sterling, $24.95). Synopsis: The founder of the Windows on the World Wine School doesn’t let the destruction of the restaurant and the deaths of 72 coworkers interfere with the continuation of his wine series. After a suitable tribute, it’s on to “Opening Champagne […]

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Cowards on Parade

To the editor: Your piece on the missing Vietnam memorial [“Memorial MIA,” July 25] brings up a subject the press has been hesitant to cover these days. “Daley didn’t serve. His brothers didn’t serve. His father didn’t serve. They don’t know.” Think about Vietnam. Nobody served. That is, nobody with any pull, or common sense, […]

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City File

First, do no harm. Then check the diagnosis. Joanne Doroshow of the Center for Justice & Democracy calls the American Medical Association “a shameful organization that has chosen to lie down with a profiteering industry instead of protecting patients. The AMA and state medical societies have created a ‘crisis’ atmosphere in many states [including Illinois] […]

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Spot Check

CARDIA 8/1, DOUBLE DOOR Here’s a band that’s much better than it has any right to be, considering it employs members of Rival Schools, Shudder to Think, and the Verve Pipe. On its debut (on Silverthree) it’s going for a windswept, stadium-size postpunk sound that owes as much to Simple Minds as it does to […]

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Molly’s Rock

Molly’s Rock, Raven Theatre, at North Park Village. On opening night director Frank Merle unintentionally set exactly the right tone for his tiny outdoor production. Dressed in Civil War-era garb, he hopped up onto the show’s set, a six-foot-high boulder tucked away in a corner of North Park Village, and attempted to welcome the audience–only […]

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Datebook

AUGUST 1 FRIDAY Lakota spiritual leader Standing Elk will talk about extraterrestrials, Star Nations, and the “laws that will get you through the age of the Coyote” in a free lecture (11:11 AM Saturday, August 2) during this weekend’s Star Knowledge Conference in Rolling Meadows. The conference offers two dozen lectures; eight workshops; 40 dealers […]