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k-os

Heaven only knows what was on Kheaven Brereton's mind when he embarked on his latest venture. Canadian vocalist/emcee/producer of K-OS's third release, Atlantis: Hymns for Disco, is an ambitious array of samples, weaved together with drum machine beats and riddled with spiritual guidance.

by HANNAH WIZMAN-CARTIER

Going down singin'

Last summer, in the chocolate bazaar of Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a friend and I couldn't help but notice scores of elementary school girls bedecked in black eyeliner and pyramid-studded belts.

by ALEX KWAN

ashley tisdale

ashley tisdale Headstrong Call it post-pop. In a world where we readily accept a Paris Hilton solo album, it is no longer a matter of a celeb dropping an LP and getting ignored.

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Waning moon?

Following the critical successes of the Maximum Black EP in 1999 and the People Get Ready LP in 2000, garage-rockers The Mooney Suzuki looked poised to walk down fame's yellow brick road - the White Stripes holding one hand and The Strokes the other. For whatever reason, that happy dream didn't quite materialize for The Mooney Suzuki.

by MATT WALSH

YouTube clip of the week

Blur's take on the song of unrequited love is easy on the ears, hidden amidst heavy tones of British frustration and veiled happiness; the song is matter-of-factly titled "Good Song." "Good Song" was so good, in fact, that it inspired design troupe Shynola and artist David Shrigley to create an animated interpretation of lead singer Damon Albarn's lyrics.

by MIKE LIN

Twinkle twinkle little starr*

Philly rockers stellastarr* are back in town tonight for an appearance at North Star Bar. Street writer Alex Kwan sat down for a phone interview with lead singer and guitarist Michael Jurin and talked about New York's "Sixth Burough", stellastarr*'s new album and the state of the biz. Street: Hey Michael, good to grab you in between sets.

by ALEX KWAN

Molto Bello

The Italian, one of the best movies so far this year, follows Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov), a young boy in an orphanage in rural Russia.

by KEVIN KOPLAN

spy vs. spy

In Breach, the weight of the movie rests on the shoulders of stars Ryan Phillippe and Chris Cooper. Unfortunately, only one of them delivers. Phillippe plays Eric O'Neill, a young FBI operative assigned to clerk for - and spy on - Robert Hanssen (Cooper), who is under investigation for sexual deviance.

by PHIL MALACZEWSKI

Ghostly bad

The Messengers is an all-too-predictable scare flick that relies primarily on loud noises and sudden gruesome images for fright value. The story: a family moves to a deserted sunflower farm in North Dakota hoping to make a fresh start and a sufficient living.

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As Heard on TV

The Show: Scrubs The Song: Martin Sexton, "Diner" Anyone who has ever kept the Garden State soundtrack on repeat knows Zach Braff's knack for musical selection.

by RUBEN BROSBE

Weighing the Options

It's officially that time of the year again. The weather's getting colder, the days are getting shorter and it's getting tougher to muster the strength to walk to class (or to Smoke's) depending on your proclivities.

by JENNIFER ZUCKERMAN

The Safes

There is nothing quite so cloying as the sound of a completely mediocre album. The Safes unleash Well, Well, Well on the world with nary a regard for hooks or cohesion.

by RAFAEL GARCIA

You Tube of the Week

It's a bold new age of information. YouTube represents an archive of millions of hidden or long-forgotten documentations of some of the greatest performers in music, free and at the tips of our fingers.

by EVAN GOLDIN

writer's bloc?

A successful debut LP can be a blessing or a curse. It can be the precursor of legitimate greatness or it can spell doom for a band's future with the weight of unachievable expectations (think of the wasted potential of The Libertines or The Stills). The real pressure for these groups lies on their second album, where they have so much more to lose. Bloc Party fans everywhere had been crossing off days on their calendars in anticipation of February 6th, the release date of the band's second studio album, A Weekend In The City.

by ALEX KWAN

Ana's Mitchell

On The Brightness, Ana's Mitchell's third album, the singer/songwriter demonstrates a welcome departure from her earlier, more mainstream-sounding efforts.

by ALEXANDRA CHAN

Still nutty after all these years

Norbit is Eddie Murphy's favorite form of cinematic masturbation. By acting as a variety of characters, the comedian gets to showcase his chameleon-like ability to play to any stereotype thrown his way.

by LEAH FEDER

Reviews

Youth Group Casino Twilight Dogs Recording an album around the success of a cover of Rod Stewart's "Forever Young" sure has a way of affecting a band's sound.

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DON'T ASK ME WHY

"Happiness is a choice," says overbearing Daphne to her youngest daughter Milly in Because I Said So.

by ALEX CHAN

Engineering a career

The last thing you might expect to come out of the School of Engineering is an R&B album. But you probably haven't heard of Tara Betterbid, aka taragirl. Although taragirl refers to her sound as "organic R&B," someday her name could be added to the Philly soul pantheon, alongside Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott and Jaguar Wright.

by JASMINE SALTERS

What's Gotta Give?

Everybody needs a passion. I have many - most of them somewhat irrational. For instance, I still believe I will end up with Lance Bass.

by BROOKE BOYARSKY

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