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The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview

Forthcoming releases from Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, and many others highlight what is bound to be an excellent year for progressive rock.

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Five Ways ‘Animal House’ Changed the World

Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, Animal House took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire.

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A Langeducation: 10 Essential Jessica Lange Scenes

Furious smokers, farm wives, iconic theater roles, women on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a small truckload of little gold statues. Obviously, we are counting down Jessica Lange's 10 greatest scenes.

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Around the World in 40 Books: From the Dog’s POV to the Novel-as-Peyote

My ramblings about reading are so valued that I'm now a big star in Tanzania. On my recent whirlwind tour I was mobbed at the airport and carried about on people's shoulders.

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Music Is Vital to the Sports Fan Experience, But Which Traditions Are Worth Keeping Around?

There’s a lot of noise at the average sporting event. Study this list to learn when to break out the earplugs.

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15 Nov 2013 // 2:13 AM

12 No-Brainer Additions to the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection has released some 750 films since its launch in 1984. Today, a Criterion release ranks among the highest compliments a film can receive.

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No Recess: The Heaviest Nirvana Mixtape

PopMatters takes to the deck to bring you the heaviest Nirvana mixtape. Titled No Recess, this compilation pulls the most visceral and raucous songs from Nirvana's lauded discography and arranges them into a sequence that makes complete head-banging sense.

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The 30 Most Bizarrely Funny Movie Ratings

If it weren’t for the MPAA, we’d be unwittingly and constantly assaulted by bawdy puppets, bare bottoms, smoking caterpillars, quirky situations, irreverent humor and more (gasp!) much more, in our movie-going experiences.

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Cuts Without Pastes: Electronic Music Artists that Fell Through the Cracks

Not everyone can be Al Walser. Despite their abilities and efforts, some producers didn't click with their audiences, ending up in some kind of digital purgatory. Alan Ranta looks at a few artists that, for various reasons, slipped through the cracks.

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20 Nov 2012 // 10:14 PM

Ten Great Musical Gifts for the Holidays

This year saw the release of many truly stellar box sets and re-issues from the Holy Grail of Western pop music (the earliest Louis Armstrong recordings and the Beatles remasters on vinyl) to indie heroes like Sugar and folk pioneer Woody Guthrie. Here's ten of our faves.

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Some of the Most Unbelievable Films of Arnold Schwarzenneger, In Order of Implausibility

These films open some serious theological and existential cans of worms regarding mortality, morality, reincarnation, middle-age crises, ethics, and other such stuff.

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Ten Horrific Movie Scenes for Post-Halloween

Since truth is invariably stranger -- and scarier -- than fiction, some of cinema's most unnerving scenes come from movies not found in the Horror section.

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The Top 10 Favorite Tori Amos Style Moments

Tori Amos: "Before we did the arenas in 1998, we were doing small clubs and Husband said to me, 'Why don’t you just wear jeans and a tee shirt? Why not? You’re in clubs.'" Big mistake

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The Top 10 Tori Amos YouTube Moments

Tori Amos has had a career full of buzz-worthy moments. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, PopMatters brings you 10 of the most memorable ones out there. These clips prove three things: #1 Tori is hilarious, #2 You should never piss her off, and #3 she knows how to perfectly capture a zeitgeist moment and savor it.

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Those People’s Lists: On Pitchfork’s Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.

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19 Aug 2012 // 10:14 PM

To the End: 12 Essential Blur Songs for 2012

If you needed any confirmation that Blur took the gold in the 1990s Britpop battle royale, the band's headlining performance capping the London Olympics should close the case.

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When “Good” TV Goes Bad: Five (Out of Many) Flaws of ‘The Killing’

Deep into Season 2, the problems with AMC's The Killing are rich and varied in their depth and breadth... here are five.

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Tough Guys Recite: The 5 Best Poetry Spittin’ TV Characters

Every generic hero on TV can finish a poetic quotation or identify a poignant quatrain (down to the line numbers). But few can spit Tennyson or Yeats with such venom as these guys.

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Beyond Jodie Dallas: TV’s 10 Most Important LGBT Characters

Several "best" or "favorite" LGBT TV character lists have popped up in recent years, but they don't always include the most important LGBT characters. So, we pay tribute to the ten(ish) most significant LGBT characters in US television history.

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27 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

PopMatters Picks: Best 2011 Summer Concert Experiences

PopMatters writers offer up a smattering of their favorite concert moments from the summer of 2011.

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R.E.M.: The Greatest American Band. Ever.

Where R.E.M -- like any band -- really distances themselves and makes their true case for greatness is in the lesser-known and semi-obscure songs.

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Here Comes Fall TV: 2011 Edition

This year's new shows include fewer straight up procedurals about cops, doctors, and lawyers than usual. And only a few comedies involving young people cohabitating in urban environments. We've got the video previews here along with what to watch and what to miss.

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Gold Soundz: The 20 Essential Pavement Songs

What better way is there to mark Stephen Malkmus' past milestones and present achievements than to revisit his most memorable lines from some of the best Pavement songs?

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10 Albums That Supposedly Suck (But Don’t)

Some of these are hopefully no-brainers, others may be head-scratchers. All of them are albums that deserve a fresh appraisal.

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Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We’d Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.

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The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Unearthing the 'Charnel House'

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"This week we discuss Owl Creek Games's follow up to Sepulchre, the triptych of tales called The Charnel House Trilogy.

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