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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 This action-comedy was originally conceived as a vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in the wake of their Wedding Crashers success. Years passed before the project was assigned to Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelandic director who went with his go-to guy, Mark Wahlberg, because the acto
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Classic Banjo (Smithsonian Folkways)

 In a sign of how music can cross social divides, the banjo, an instrument of African origin, became integral to the folk music of Southern whites. Classic Banjo collects tracks from the Folkways label by black and white musicians
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Amour, t’es là?

It’s easy to suppose Banda Magda is French and probably from one of Paris’ tonier arrondissements. After all, the vocals by sweet-voiced Magda Giannikou are in French and the lilting music is pleasant mojito composed with a dash
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Oscar Grant’s Last Stop

 The Trayvon Martin case wasn’t the first public outcry over an African American youth who died under controversial circumstances at an alleged crime scene. The killing of Oscar Grant by a transit policeman in
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (RPM, Columbia, Legacy Recordings)

 Jazz concerts on the White House lawn were not considered usual events—at least not until John F. Kennedy lived in the president’s house. One of the great White House concerts of that era was a performance by the Dave Brubeck
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 The first sign of trouble on moving day: the family dog refuses to come inside. The second: discovering the boarded-up entrance to a disused cellar. It was downhill from there for the unfortunate family that purchased
Monday, July 15, 2013

The Last Tribe (MoonJune Records)

 Although the great surf instrumentals of the ’60s were probably not on the minds of Dialeto when they recorded The Last Tribe, there are moments when the beautiful yet stark guitar-powered melodies conjure up those oceanic
Sunday, July 14, 2013
 Matthew Lewis’ novel The Monk (1796), a milestone in gothic fiction, is brought to life in French director Dominik Moll’s elegantly filmed adaptation. Capucin Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) is the most acclaimed preacher in

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