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Film about bullies captures delicate emotions on screen

September 22, 2004 Donna Green 0

4/5 stars

Everyone knows that kids can be mean sometimes, but what happens when bullying gets out of control? In his film “Mean Creek,” new director Jacob Estes tackles adolescence and the struggle to feel accepted. Well received at Sundance and Cannes, among other film festivals, “Mean Creek” is intelligent and real, not afraid to confront the many truths of growing up. […]

Fans follow fish to the end of its musical odyssey

September 15, 2004 Matthew K. Fair 0

After 21 years, Phish has broken up. They brought their career to an end close to where it began, Coventry, Vt., on Aug. 14 and 15. An odyssey brought us there for the second night.

By the time we arrived on Sunday night at the Newport State Airport, where the festival was held, the worst of the rain had ended. […]

‘Cutting loose’ has never sounded this good

September 15, 2004 Audrey Levine 0

As far back as I can remember – which translates to last year – the music review page has featured mostly rock and other popular music CDs. This time, we thought we’d change things up a bit and bring a little culture with a nice old-fashioned musical and a review of the critically acclaimed soundtrack to the Broadway play “Footloose. […]

Dylan live–where darkness pierces your insides

April 7, 2004 Matthew K. Fair 0

Introduced as “the poet-laureate of the world,” Bob Dylan came to the stage, a small 62-year-old man, clad entirely in black, with a cowboy hat perched on top of his head. At his concert at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, P.A., last Monday, he seemed to be completely unaware of the eruption that came from the crowd. […]

Dylan stands alone in greatness with new bootleg release

April 7, 2004 Matthew K. Fair 0

Standing alone before an enormous crowd at New York’s Philharmonic Hall October 31, 1964, 23-year-old Bob Dylan said, “Don’t let that scare you,” false-starting on “If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Gotta Stay All Night).” The concert is now available to the public for the first time as the sixth volume of his Bootleg Series. […]

Usher’s ‘confessions’ – he wants bad girls & metaphors

April 7, 2004 Ashley Marty 0

If you ever listen to the radio or watch MTV even once a week, there’s no way you can avoid that new Usher song, “Yeah!” It’s that song that makes you feel like you’re all “bling bling” in some club. It’s inescapable. So I figured that it’s better to accept it than to fight it and I gave Usher’s new CD, “Confessions” a listen. […]

‘Dead’ balances horror with offbeat dark humor

April 7, 2004 Donna Green 0

Oh brother, where art the Coen Brothers, you ask? That question will be answered after viewing “The Ladykillers.” Filled with their typical shenanigans, the film is clearly a product of Joel and Ethan Coen (who are also responsible for “Raising Arizona,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Fargo”), and I would imagine that very few would have it any other way. […]

Absence of vocals in ‘devil isn’t red’ is hella good

February 11, 2004 Bill Whitehead 0

I couldn’t tell you how many articles I’ve read over the last two years that predicted the White Stripes would be the next saviors of mainstream rock ‘n’ roll. It seems as though the same journalists who had once lured thousands of adolescent suburbanites into buying Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit records have now turned their attention to the greener pastures of garage-rock land, once they discovered Fred Durst was balding under that ridiculous Red Sox hat of his and Chester Bennington was about as bubble gum as Mandy Moore. […]

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