//MUSIC
Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition) / Modern Primitive

Steve Vai

Passion and Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition) / Modern Primitive

The 25th anniversary edition of Passion and Warfare does something that anniversary reissues rarely do: provide a re-framing of a classic album.

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Psychic Ills: Inner Journey Out

Psychic Ills

Inner Journey Out

Inner Journey Out has a cracked but unbreakable zen demeanor as it searches for serenity along a desert roadside.

Luke Bell: Luke Bell

Luke Bell

Luke Bell

Luke Bell's debut handily assists in saving country music.

//FILM
AFI Docs 2016: 'Tickled' + 'Zero Days'

AFI Docs 2016

'Tickled' + 'Zero Days'

These two documentaries explore the consequences -- the "wormholes" -- engendered by advancing technologies.

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//BOOKS
//TV
Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 9 - Battle of the Bastards

Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 9 - "Battle of the Bastards"

""Battle of the Bastards" may have satisfied the age-old bloodlust for war; unfortunately, it did so through the more recent tradition of dramatizing, aestheticizing, and making war cool. "

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Outlander: Season 2, Episode 10 - Prestonpans

A few victories, infighting, and mud put Jamie and Claire's ability to change history in doubt.

//CULTURE

As hatchet man and master of dirty tricks for Charles de Gaulle, Pasqua operated under the ethos that "democracy ends where the interests of the state begin."

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//GAMES
Combat Is Character Development in 'Uncharted 4'

Combat Is Character Development in 'Uncharted 4'

"In Uncharted 4, combat has changed because Nathan Drake has changed."

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In Episodic Games, Space Should Matter More Than Time

The most successful episodic games have mimicked television episodes. What could a purely game-like "episode" look like, though?

//COMICS

Her heart is in the right place. Her ideals are respectable. She sees the world through Disney-like ideals. It's clear that those ideals are destined to shatter.

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//Pop Ten
Mogwai Explores the Nuclear Age's Benefits and Disasters on 'Atomic'
Mogwai finds ways to balance their music to their political stance -- complete nuclear disarmament of all countries in possession of weapons of mass destruction -- with a strong emphasis of dynamics to match the themes of annihilation, despair, and hope, albeit bleak. Read More
Principled Pleasure: Janet Jackson's 'Control' at 30 Still Commands Respect
Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney
'I Ain't Afraid of No Bros': What's Really Scary About the New Ghostbusters'
//Mixed media