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March 08, 2007
  Spun: Maria TaylorPDF files may take a moment to load

Artists often spend most of their careers attempting to recreate past success, subsequently releasing 62 consecutive albums, each sounding like the last. In the case of Maria Taylor's Lynn Teeter Flower, past success is examined and reworked, but not beaten to death.

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March 08, 2007
  Spun: Bright EyesPDF files may take a moment to load

After the simultaneous release of the folk-inspired I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and the electronic, synth-laden Digital Ash in a Digital Urn in 2005, fans began to speculate over which direction Bright Eyes would take in their next effort. The new Four Winds EP suggests that, despite his split musical personality, Conor Oberst has reconciled the two styles, blending his familiar soft acoustic side with experimental electronic sounds.

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March 08, 2007
  Spun: The Arcade FirePDF files may take a moment to load

Let's get something out of the way: The Arcade Fire's second album, Neon Bible, could never hope to live up to the hyperbolic accolades and devotion surrounding the band since their 2004 debut, Funeral. As arguably the most important album of the year, Neon Bible was set up for an enormous amount of scrutiny and adoration long before it ever saw the light of day.

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March 08, 2007
  Welcome to Zombieville U.S.A.PDF files may take a moment to load

Shoot the brain and not the chest, head shots are the very best!"

So chants a chorus of schoolchildren merrily, as they go about their daily 'outdoor training'--hands-on lessons in fending off zombie attacks. The scene is a sunny American school field, sometime in the '50s. The image of the politically-correct nuclear family is on the rise, and everything perpetually gives off a false sense of wellness. Except, of course, for the flesh-hungry living dead.

March 08, 2007
  Getting pissed with GudenpistPDF files may take a moment to load

We can play all 71 of our songs in 23 minutes, so beat that!" announces Curt Christensen, lead vocalist of local punk rock band Gudenpist.

Though the 25-year-old leader admits his calculations might be slightly off, the energy and bravado behind his boast are genuine. The band's metal and punk influences combine into an original "punk funk" sound that focuses on keeping the energy high at their shows. Their main impetus is to build momentum, both onstage and in the mosh pit.

March 08, 2007
  The Very Best Violence: Frank Miller's 300PDF files may take a moment to load

Violent and outrageous, 300 tells the bronze-age story of 300 Spartans' showdown against a million invading Persians with a visual style not unlike a train colliding with a herd of cattle. While the bombastic cinematography is immediately jarring, 300's over-the-top chic wouldn't be nearly as successful or entertaining without it.

March 08, 2007
  Movie Review: The Fall of FujimoriPDF files may take a moment to load

While 'war criminal' might be the easy label to slap onto someone wanted by the United Nations for corruption, kidnapping and murder, The Fall of Fujimori suggests there is no such easy answer. In fact, any answer at all becomes eventually irrelevant in director Ellen Perry's award-winning documentary. The film's aim isn't to judge Alberto Fujimori, the disgraced former president of Peru, but to point to a larger message, and a warning of what can happen when a government gets caught up in a war on terrorism.

March 08, 2007
  Movie Review: State of FearPDF files may take a moment to load

The documentary State of Fear takes on a subject that is not well-known to most Canadians: the 1980-2000 battle between the Peruvian government and a group of Peruvian Marxist guerrillas called the Shining Path. The stories and images contained in the film, however, are all too familiar. They tell of a president who uses a terrorist attack on his country to gain unprecedented powers, and a people who let him because they are willing, in the words of one of the film's interviewees "to exchange democracy for security."

March 08, 2007
  Movie Review: About a SonPDF files may take a moment to load

When debating the most influential musical figures of the past quarter century, the name Kurt Cobain is brought up constantly. Despite being one of the most prominent figures of his time, Cobain's reluctance to fame and elusive public persona made him difficult for fans to get to know. His distrust of the media certainly didn't help matters.

March 08, 2007
  Movies. They matter.PDF files may take a moment to load

In an age where stories of dead D-list celebrities and Britney Spears’ buzz cuts and baby blunders are breaking news, the media landscape is found wanting for something a little more substantial. Luckily, there exists the noble documentary, which has thankfully become ever-more popular in the post-Fairenheit 9-11 mainstream media. Bringing lesser known world issues to pop-culture’s forefront, the documentary has proved to be a life-preserver for an increasingly dull, apathetic media.

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