The political pundits are leading the way this week with coverage on a wide variety of topics, and the TV writers are on hand to look at the past and present of what's good on TV. We learn about frivolous lawsuits and the questionable origins of certain injuries in the Sports section, and are once again reminded of why we can't look away from the train wreck that is Michael Jackson's career. In between, you'll find the usual excellent music reviews, gaming news, and cultural commentary.
Let me remind those of you who are chosen that you are invited to submit your own pick for next week (due to space considerations, please limit it to one). Please feel free to email me your picks (including the URL) by next Tuesday.
From Music Editor Connie Phillips:
Richard Marcus gives a reflective and constructive look at this self-titled CD in
CD Review: PovertyNeck Hillbillies - PovertyNeck Hillbillies. Read to find out how this band captured the feel of live music in the studio.
In CD Review: Dashboard Confessional - Dusk and Summer, Rebecca Wright gives
an insightful and detailed review, looking at all aspects of the band as well as the music contained herein.
Paul Roy not only looks at the concert he attended, but the changing face of the concert crowd in his Concert Review: Toto Live At The Loudoun Summer Music Fest.
From Asst. Music Editor A.L. Harper:
Cameron Graham gives us a well written, balanced, and critical review of the new CD, Help Us Help You, by The Chief Smiles. Even the band had to comment.
Growing up can be hard to do particularly when you face the ferocity and passion of your teenage years. Steve Carlson's review of My Republic by Good Riddance shows that even your music grows up...but is it a good thing?
From Books Editor Natalie Bennett:
A fine week that made picking particularly difficult, but I eventually settled on these two, in no particular order:
Nik Dirga offers a treat – a sneak preview of the new adventures of Alice (from Wonderland), Wendy (from Peter Pan), and Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz). These are definitely not, he says, children's stories, but Lost Girls reminds us that "sex can be art".
Dan Treager offers what is not so much a review as an appreciation of James O'Barr's graphic novel The Crow, of which he's just bought his seventh copy. In doing so, he provides a personal, moving, and beautifully constructed account of why it means so much to him.
From TV Editor Jackie: