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Steely Dan

Bands break up for a reason. By the last album in Steely Dan’s initial run, 1980’s Gaucho, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker had buffed their jazz-pilfered chordings and fusionesque tonalities to a sheen as cynical as their increasingly claustrophobic lyrics. But when they reunited in 2000 for Two Against Nature (Warner Bros.), their jaded posturing […]

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The Summer Show

Most of the works in Gallery 312’s annual show of local “emerging and underrepresented artists” are worth seeing–and several merit a special trip. In Shannon Stratton’s Spectacular Time a messy network of thread is attached to a partly dissolved plastic surface; she calls it an image of “transience and abandonment,” and it also has the […]

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Savage Love

I’m a 19-year-old girl dating a 21-year-old guy. We’ve been dating for a year and a half, love each other dearly, have a great time together. In bed the other night, my sweet boyfriend let me put a vibrator in his ass. He wanted to do it to me, so I told him (invoking some […]

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Tori Amos

Few artists seemed less likely to offer any insight into the state of the union following September 11 than Tori Amos–Charlie Daniels, I suppose, or maybe Ron Howard. I’d always been bugged by Amos’s seeming conviction that her most obvious ideas (covering Eminem to showcase his misogyny, for instance, or using drum machines) were novel […]

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Matt De Gennaro, Scott Tuma

It isn’t easy to make music that sounds ancient without seeming like you’re trying to deny you were born in the 20th century. Among the few who’ve pulled it off are Glaswegian Richard Youngs and New Zealander Alastair Galbraith; Matt De Gennaro earned the right to be counted in their number when he released his […]

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Smog

On “Truth Serum,” from Smog’s latest album Supper (Drag City), Bill Callahan evades queries from an apprehensive lover, singing, “Honey, I love you and that’s all you need to know.” But it’s not like he can’t supply details when he wants to–it’s his gift for nuance that makes him one of the most compelling of […]

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I Can Eat The Sun

I Can Eat The Sun, Docklight Theatre Company, at Strawdog Theatre Company. Contemplating the heavens often eclipses earthly concerns, but for playwright Michael Yates Crowley, the language of astronomy–specifically, “supernovas” and “mean free paths”–lends itself all too readily to everyday analogies. As a result, the astrophysics class that’s the setting for I Can Eat the […]

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The Lucky Yates Show

Lucky Yates has only two rules for the guests on his metatheatrical talk show: come ready to gab and leave the bullshit at the door. His three-year-old mondo-bizarro venture The Lucky Yates Show, a self-described “fun way to kill time between performances,” has been wildly successful at Dad’s Garage Theatre, the Atlanta company where Yates […]

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Spot Check

PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS 8/8, FIRESIDE BOWL This Denver outfit, which has been working the aggressive edge of emo for most of its five-year career and in its best moments has dashed the label to bloody bits, is at a crossroads. Bassist Jamie Drier is quitting after this tour (in support of a three-song release […]

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French Revelations

Producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory, and their regular screenwriter-adapter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala seem to have a special affinity for Americans in Paris, the subject of three of their five most recent films—Jefferson in Paris (1995), A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998), and now Le Divorce. The first of these is one of their worst […]