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Who Do You Love?

Studio: International Film Circuit
Directed by Jerry Zaks; Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Abrahams, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, David Oyelowo, Chi McBride, Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, and Marika Dominczyk

Apr 15, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

The story of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, who would help launch the careers of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Etta James, falls flat, without igniting the fire that helped make recent music pics like Once and Walk the Line successful.

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (Season Five Premiere)

(BBC America, Saturdays, 9/8 Central)

Apr 15, 2010 TV Doctor Who

The Doctor is back and he’s in very good hands. Nervous Doctor Who fans can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that, based on the fifth season premiere, Matt Smith will be a charming and spirited Doctor, and new executive producer Steven Moffat will bring a fresh and dark fairy tale-like whimsy to the show.

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Apr 15, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

First lady of Daptone Records Sharon Jones is back with her fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, swaggering though 12 tracks of classic R&B like the ass-kicking, name-taking mother figure you’ve always wanted.

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Apr 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There’s something odd about music recorded on ‘80s tape recording equipment being listened to as digital files via laptop computer speakers.(Is that fuzz I’m hearing you or me?) But the confluence of lo-fi cultures seems to really work here.

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No One Knows About Persian Cats

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi; Starring: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad

Apr 13, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

“This is what music is supposed to be,” says wheeler and dealer of contraband, Nader, while listening to a track by indie rockers Ashkan and Negar. But under the strict moral and political code of Tehran, non-traditional music like theirs is supposed to have a permit.

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Apr 13, 2010 Music Bettie Serveert

Bettie Serveert is one of the most underrated and underappreciated bands to come out of the grunge era. But despite forming almost 20 years ago, as the ‘90s were just dawning, Bettie Serveert did not fade away or implode as many of their contemporaries.

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Apr 12, 2010 Live Metric

Metric bandleader Emily Haines is a triple threat. Make people swoon with delicate compositions as part of Broken Social Scene? Done! Break hearts with a stripped-down confessional solo project? Child’s play. Friday night at the Palladium, it was all about rocking out. And what do you know, she does that too!

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Apr 10, 2010 TV HBO

Set three months after the ravage of Hurricane Katrina, HBO’s new series Treme doesn’t hang all of its drama on that crisis. David Simon (The Wire, Generation Kill, The Corner) and Eric Overmyer’s (Homicide, The Wire) know that the New Orleans disaster is already clear in their viewers’ minds. Instead of dismantling the heartache of the crisis, they pen a love letter to the city and its determined citizens. Thankfully, the series is rarely schmaltzy or heavy-handed in its agenda.

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Apr 09, 2010 Video Games Web Exclusive

I tested Rhythm Heaven for the DSi on the brand-spanking-new DSi XL (that’s the version with the 93% larger screens). Probably a good thing, too: to my way of thinking, the larger screens certainly helped minimize eyestrain. Not sure if they helped with preventing repetitive stress syndrome, as the game only uses a few motions (tap, flick).

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