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Jimbo Mathus – Knockdown South

This is the easiest album I’ve ever had to review because it can be summed up with one word: phenomenal. That’s all you need to know. After typing that word, I could walk away with the satisfaction of a job well done and fully completed because this is an amazing …

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CD Review: The Essential O’Jays

You know the O’Jays. Even if you don’t think you do, you do. Beginning with “Back Stabbers” in 1972, the group had a string of hits that also included “Love Train,” “Give The People What They Want,” and the dark masterpiece “For The Love Of Money.” Produced by the legendary …

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Administration Signals Willingness to Cooperate With Europe On Iran

This administration is much more deft, flexible, and practical than its many detractors seem capable of conceptualizing, let alone admitting. First, the “transform the Middle East” via the door of Iraq is yielding — it seems to me — undeniable positive results: the people of Lebanon just peacefully overthrew their …

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Oscars: The Weeners and Thoughts

I put in some serious time yesterday and last night communing with the Oscar groove, letting the E! pregame show wash over me in all its splendorous vacuity as various overdressed hobnobbers interviewed Oscar-related designers, chefs, jewelers, observers and hangers-on. I learned: “You should wear the dress, the dress shouldn’t …

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Blogcritics On The Oscars: 77th Annual Academy Awards

Hollywood’s biggest day is here. Our news, previews and predictions leading up to the Oscars, as well as coverage of the event itself and aftermath is all gathered right here. You are wise beyond reason to join us. “For those of us who have loved movies our entire lives and …

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Cheryl Wheeler – Defying Gravity

Cheryl Wheeler has a knack for infusing her songs with intense emotion using her voice alone. I was first attracted to her music through humorous songs like “Potato,” but I’ve come to love the heart-breakers as well. Defying Gravity kicks off with one of those heart-breakers (“Since You’ve Been Gone”), …

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Pope John Paul II, The Silent?

The ailing, 84 year-old Pope John Paul ll may not be doing much public speaking — ever — following a tracheotomy (a small opening cut into the neck and windpipe, with a breathing tube inserted into it so air can flow directly into the lungs) yesterday to alleviate a breathing …

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White House Press Room: Bastion of the Odd and Partisan

You think pseudonymous conservative gay pornographer-escort White House correspondent Jeff Gannon stuck out like a sore … wait, check that … was highly UNUSUAL among the White House press corps? Think again: Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, said in an interview that he …

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14th Annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival

Jinkies, the definition of “jazz festival” continues to mutate, in this case containing artists who either actually play some variety of jazz or who have heard the word “jazz” used in conversation. Nonetheless, it’s a fine lineup and will doubtless be a great time for one and all. The Jazz …

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