Doug Sheppard
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Still Pulling Your Strings: 'Master of Puppets' 25 Years Later | 20 Sep 2011 // 4:00 PM

Master of Puppets not only rocketed Metallica into stardom upon its 1986 release, but it also blew a hole in the industry’s unwritten rule that a band without commercial aspirations could not make it and, as a result, helped undermine music censorship.

Reg King: Reg King | 11 Sep 2007 // 4:41 PM

One of the great lost '60s pop and soul also-rans, Reg King's only solo album is a murky snapshot of the dissolution of musical promise as an industry rolled on by, but remains a rawly emotional experience.


Robin Trower: A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976) | 4 Nov 2010 // 4:00 PM

The victim of poor quality CD reissues for years, Robin Trower's seminal Chrysalis albums finally get the remaster they deserve -- displaying the guitar god in all his psychedelic, Hendrix-inspired glory.

Little Richard: The Rill Thing / King of Rock and Roll / The Second Coming | 30 Jul 2009 // 4:00 PM

With the public losing interest by the late '60s, Richard was in danger of artistic irrelevance -- a reality he faced head-on with a string of funk albums.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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