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20 Questions: Tim Noyes of Handsome Ghost

Last year, PopMatters premiered Handsome Ghost's "Blood Stutter". This year, we caught up with Tim Noyes after a performance to have him answer '20 Questions'.

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5 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

Mac DeMarco: Another One

Whether his heartbreak is the fault of geography or the turn of love’s fickle tides, Another One continues to flex DeMarco’s unique gifts for phrasing and double meanings.

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Reappraising Ian Anderson’s ‘Minstrel in the Gallery’

Minstrel in the Gallery seems as autobiographical as any Jethro Tull album, before or after, and there is a vulnerability and sensitivity that the songwriter was simply growing into.

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5 Aug 2015 // 2:20 AM

Telepathe: Destroyer

"Tonight we dine in hell!" Brooklyn duo on rampage after four-year incarceration!

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Runner of the Woods: Thirsty Valley

Thirsty Valley is a strong, assured debut that works best when the band plays around the outer edges of its country-rock sound.

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Rock’s Bad Boy Mick Jagger Is Not Bad Enough for ‘Ned Kelly’

Tony Richardson’s 1970 Down Under biopic Ned Kelly provides lovingly filmed scenery--including the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger--but, in this version of the folk legend, bad boy Ned seldom seems to be the “wild colonial boy”.

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Evan Caminiti: Meridian

At its best, this type of music should evoke half-forgotten childhood memories of snowstorms or high fevers.

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Jim Croce: The Definitive Croce

Jim Croce is an essential artist, but The Definitive Croce is not an essential record.

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‘Muse’ Is a Story Not About Love, but About Worship

Johnathan Galassi's send-up to the publishing industry and his own past offers nothing to the tradition it so lionizes.

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5 Aug 2015 // 2:02 AM

All Hail Hair Metal Heart

Ever since grunge rock turned Heart’s hair metal meal ticket into a scarlet letter, the Wilson sisters have twisted one of the greatest arena rock trilogies ever into a Judean desert-level tale of temptation with a Mutt Lange-ish Devil offering up industrial-sized cans of Aqua-Net, too-tight corsets and platinum albums in lieu of all the kingdoms of the world.

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To Embody a Darker Ideal in ‘Justice League Gods and Monsters - Superman #1’

Taking a different path to become an icon with Hernan Guerra and not Clark Kent.

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‘Wyrmwood’ Breathes Fresh Life Into the Undead

While not perfect, this independently produced passion project is a surprisingly refreshing and original zombie movie with a twist.

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‘I Am Big Bird’ Pulls Back the Curtain on a Remarkable Entertainer

This film deftly strings together the highs and lows of beloved puppeteer Caroll Spinney’s career with enough evidence to back up the illuminating profile of its subject.

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Let Us Now Praise Dale Watson, American Treasure

Dale Watson wants to secede from country music and all we can do is hope that this is one rebellion that comes to a happy end.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain: Live at Barrowlands

Live at Barrowlands is as much a kick to the groin as Psychocandy was on its release three decades ago.

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Sleaford Mods: Key Markets

Sleaford Mods continue to not give a single flying f**k, to grand results.

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Jackson C. Frank: The Complete Recordings

Fully remastered and appending 57 tracks to the ten cuts comprising Frank’s sole record, this should be considered the definitive collection of the tragic and enigmatic songwriter.

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‘The Four Warriors’ Boldly Goes Where Everyone Has Gone Before

A highly derivative fantasy adventure, The Four Warriors feels like it might just manage to save itself. And then it promptly walks straight off a cliff.

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4 Aug 2015 // 2:10 AM

Terranova: Restless

On their first album since 2012, the German techno duo offer up more stark, well-produced minimalism with guests including Stereo MCs and WhoMadeWho.

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Peaches and Dreams: On Tour and Out and About With Peaches

Berlin-based photographer Holger Talinski captures the 'magic and the realities' of Peaches on tour in What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches.

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Two jazz "stars" unite for a recording and tour that proves to be more than the sum of its parts.

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Heavy Hitters: An Interview With the Isley Brothers

Kendrick sampled them, UK dance groups cover them, and that's just a smattering of the Isley Brother's current legacy, summed up in a new history-packed box set.

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David Foster Wallace and ‘The End of the Tour’

The End of the Tour observes the process of reverence, its reductions and lapses.

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‘Lantern City’ and its Steampunk Futures

There's a depth to Lantern City that great artists like Victor Hugo and J.D. Salinger and the Marx Brothers have been struggling with since the very beginning.

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Is ‘Gemma Bovery’ Serious, Slapstick, Tragic, Romantic or Twee?

Unsure of the right tone to take, and weighed down by a dispiriting bunch of characters, Gemma Bovery is, unfortunately, the sum of all its parts

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Clive James Proves That Great Literature Is Not Dead

Clive James’ Latest Readings provide a source of inspiration, wit, and lessons about life and art.

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Newport Folk Festival 2015: Dylan ‘65 Revisited and the Community at Fort Adams

The 2015 Newport Folk Festival was an amazing event with a great lineup of artists, the vibe of a small community and a beautiful location.

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A Public Service Announcement From Your Future AI Overlords

Perhaps what worries Stephen Hawking and his fear mongering colleagues is not some hostile Other like Agent Smith from The Matrix, but the more pedestrian Other that is other people.

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3 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

Night Beds: Ivywild

Ivywild is an intoxicating, stunning purge of emotion whose only fault is that it runs a little long.

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Salim Nourallah: Skeleton Closet

Salim Nourallah’s knack for capturing the spirit of pure pop within the context of razor sharp hooks and sweet, seductive melodies make for pure old school enjoyment.

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3 Aug 2015 // 2:15 AM

Barnett + Coloccia: Weld

A pairing of experimental music all-stars results in an album ideally suited for an as-yet unscripted horror film.

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‘King of the Gypsies’ Should Become a Cult Classic

Eric Robert's big screen debut provides a beautifully shot and scored dramatic take on gypsy life in America.

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God Is an Astronaut: Helios | Erebus

While Helios | Erebus may not be the best the group has to offer, it’s still a gorgeous yet heartrending opus as only they could provide.

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Is ‘The Art of Forgery’ an Art at All?

Noah Charney's intriguing survey of art crime grapples with a question that he himself never fully answers: are the great forgers artists in their own right?

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3 Aug 2015 // 2:05 AM

HoneyHoney: 3

As evidenced by her authoritative drawl and smart sexuality, it is immediately clear Suzanne Santos is no damsel in distress.

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Garnet Mimms: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles

Looking for You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles proves to be an excellent compilation of music highlighting a truly fantastic, underappreciated soul musician.

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Tom Cruise Teaches the Genre What Action Is All About With ‘Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation’

This is the best thriller of the year not named Mad Max: Fury Road.

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The Media Circus Begins in ‘Best of Enemies’

This gripping documentary about the invective-slinging 1968 William F. Buckley-Gore Vidal debates isn’t a celebration of intellectual combat, it’s an original-sin tale for where TV news went wrong.

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Class Actress Plays the Role of Femme Fatale on Her Latest EP

The synthpop artist's Movies is a concept work, with her native Los Angeles serving as the backdrop.

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Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami

If you’re not dancing or clapping while listening to Omar Souleyman, you’re doing something wrong.

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Various Artists: Shirley Inspired

Contemporary folk revivalists assemble to pay tribute to one of the British folk revival’s leading lights, Shirley Collins.

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Mark Springer: The Watching Bird / The Rip Rig and Panic Piano Solos

In Mark Springer's work, there is a presence of emotional distortion that pushes forward a striking narrative of signatures and chords.

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31 Jul 2015 // 2:15 AM

Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival

Folk City explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America.

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31 Jul 2015 // 2:10 AM

Elizaveta: Messenger

A cocktail of style, skill and beauty, Elizaveta's second album leaves fans wondering if there is anything this singer-songwriter cannot do.

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‘Tangerines’ Is a Passionate Plea for Diplomacy and Coexistence

Tangerines highlights the various reasons why people fight, and then shows why these reasons are inadequate.

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Lyfe Jennings: Tree of Lyfe

The script changes little for R&B singer/songwriter Lyfe Jennings on sixth album Tree of Lyfe, but it works out just fine.

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Image Comics Challenges the Comics Industry with ‘Island #1’

Island #1 brings something to comics that hasn’t been as popular for a long time now, the anthology comicbook.

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‘Listen to Me Marlon’ Makes It Clear That for Marlon Brando, Acting Was Surviving

Marlon Brando's face offers various sorts of "stages", as he puts it, acting as a character or asserting a truth, showing that he is cocky or wounded or fearful.

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Grim Thoughts and Gallows Humor in Eugene Thacker’s ‘Cosmic Pessimism’

Chuckle if you want, but these are good times for grim thoughts, and some of the best and freshest writing is coming from Eugene Thacker.

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Titus Andronicus: A Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus deliver a massive, sprawling opus dealing with lead vocalist Patrick Stickles’ mental health issues that is often as frustrating, and satisfying, as the disorder itself.

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Does Reality Television Need ‘The Profit’?

A series about making money, airing on CNBC, might seem like an unlikely place for fostering positive values.

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Mission of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches / Vs.

Thirty years later, Mission of Burma still sounds like the future.

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The Internet: Ego Death (take 2)

Rising from the ashes of Odd Future, the Internet delivers the former collective’s first post-dissolution masterpiece.

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‘Five Easy Pieces’ Must Be Appreciated on Its Own Cantankerous Terms

As the hippie hangover from the ‘60s begins in earnest, Jack Nicholson's Bobby Dupea has neither tuned in nor entirely dropped out.

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The Continental Drifters: Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond

Omnivore Records has chosen to focus attention on L.A.‘s sadly unappreciated Continental Drifters by doing so in such a way that doesn’t retrace previously released material.

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30 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

Chappo: Future Former Self

A concept album, Future Former Self , is far from perfect storytelling, but does allow Chappo to explore intriguing musical and stylistic themes.

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The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”: A History

Deconstructing the impact of the Rolling Stones' “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and remembering how the song has fired our imaginations for the last 50 years.

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Archie Is Born Again in ‘Archie #1’

Archie brings a new Riverdale for a new generation.

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Audiences Will Have No Fun on This ‘Vacation’

Instead of finding a way to channel the original film's clever cluelessness, this new take on the material is all gross-out gags from two decades ago.

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Sex, Lies, and Uprising in ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile’

This film raises questions about truth and fiction in documentary, and questions regarding other sorts of storytelling, in news, social media, and political movements.

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The Writing in Frank Jacobs’ MAD’s Greatest Writers is MAD to the Max

Frank Jacobs' parodies are what most people first think of when they think of MAD, even if they don’t know the name of the man who penned them.

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Everything Is Easy: The Touring Lives of Third Eye Blind

"I really, really look at the audience. I'm not one of those people who glosses over; I very directly, soberly engage. I'm going to look you in the eye. And you can just see this summer of America getting better."

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The Life, Death and Afterlife of Video Stores

In the dust of long gone video stores ghosts of film geeks past forever roam.

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Tim Bowness: Stupid Things That Mean the World

So few of Bowness’s peers show the same level of artistic integrity and fearlessness, not to mention boundless creativity and precise expressionism.

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Ducktails: St. Catherine

Matt Mondanile's (Real Estate) latest solo excursion improves upon his refined fuzz-pop approach, though he struggles to find an emotional core inside his casual synth arrangements.

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Strange Wilds: Subjective Concepts

Though the group manage to display flashes of powerful punk prowess, their debut record cant quite escape the shadows of their considerable Northwest predecessors.

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29 Jul 2015 // 2:10 AM

Cold Cave: Full Cold Moon

This vinyl reissue of a year’s worth of singles serves as an ideal introduction to Cold Cave’s icy aesthetic.

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There’s No Resting in Peace in Roger Corman’s ‘Premature Burial’

So burdened is Ray Milland by the trappings of horror convention that you marvel he doesn’t smother on the spot, even though he is safely above ground.

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Take 2)

While the message often appears to overpower the music, the album is nowhere near the unlistenable mess some critics have claimed.

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‘Lovers At the Chameleon Club’ and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Lou Villars is a French athletic champion -- and a spy for the Nazis.

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Them Changes: A Conversation with Thundercat

He's the go-to bass mastermind who's anchored already-iconic albums by Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington. For his latest mini-album, Thundercat gets both sad and weird, taking us on a true emotional journey.

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Getting the Poison-to-Punch Ratio Just Right: Mini Mansions Steps Into the Limelight

Mini Mansions discusses the band's current/future efforts, the sometimes-arduous process of writing compelling lyrics, and the intimate interrelationship they maintain to pop, music, and the wider culture of major-label work.

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Forging a New Batman in ‘Justice League Gods and Monsters: Batman #1’

Making Kirk Langstrom a believable Batman... to an extent, in one of the trinity of prequel books to Justice League: Gods & Monsters.

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Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Is Today

Some of Dead Synchronicity's attempts at “ripping away the veneer of civility to show man's true nature” are downright comical.

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‘The Killers’ DVD Is a Double Whammy

Criterion brings two film versions, one a classic and one a misfire, of Ernest Hemingway's short story, "The Killers".

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The Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY (Day Three)

It was a hot time in the old time tonight as Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, TWEEDY, and more put the cap on Louisville's riverfront festival.

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Glowing Skulls, Murder Mysteries and The Detection Club

The Golden Age of Murder frequently feels like spending time in the company of a loquacious friend who is a veritable storehouse of information about the Detection Club.

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‘Superman’ and ‘Superman II’: What Is, and What Might Have Been

Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.

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28 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Future: DS2

On his second installment of the Dirty Sprite series, Future redeems himself and creates his own minimalist paradise.

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28 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

High Tides: High Tides

High Tides swirls nostalgia, synthesizers and neon-coated pop together for a sun-bleached beauty

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Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour

The long-running L.A. musical variety show yields a slight but enjoyable album without pretensions to being anything more than slight and enjoyable.

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What Zone Were the Writers of ‘Zone Troopers’ In?

This banal imitation of WWII B-movies is a perplexing and tedious film that never fully commits to the genre blending that could have elevated it to B-movie standards.

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Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen: Love & Life

Love & Life creates a continuous buzz that often translates into a very deep groove or the sound of a persistent rumble.

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Kopecky: Drug for the Modern Age

Drug for the Modern Age shows Kopecky's ability to repeatedly create instantly catchy indie-pop tracks over and over again, almost to a fault.

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What Happens When the Sappiness of ‘The Bachelor’ Meets the Plotting of ‘Inception’?

Experiencing Chris Harrison's The Perfect Letter is similar to that of the show he hosts, The Bachelor: you love to "hate-read" it.

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In ‘Tea Time’, 60 Years of Illusions and Pretense Are Pleasantly Lost

Filmed over six years, Maite Alberdi's lovely, profound documentary observes five former Catholic high school classmates' conversations.

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‘Godzilla’ Holds Its Fun Hostage

Godzilla is a love letter to the giant lizard in all his incarnations, and it's a cynical abuse of that love.

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Barbarians Weep in ‘Weirdworld #2’

Weirdworld gives us a barbarian king at his wits end, at the end of his rope, and at the brink of tears.

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‘Ex Machina’ and the Moral and Intellectual Facets of AI Development

Ex Machina treats its audience with reverence and care, and as a result, it's a film that can be dissected and appreciated by both humans and sentient robots alike.

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Queen Said It Best: We Are the Champions

The Invaders considers the tenuous position of the planet's top dogs.

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Lovecraft Was Wrong: Knowledge Is Power in ‘Bloodborne’

Bloodborne is not about the horror of knowledge, but the horror of unfettered knowledge.

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How a Streetwalker Became America’s Sweetheart

Pretty Woman was porn-lite for women long before Fifty Shades of Grey came along, and apparently, it still is.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Lianne La Havas: Blood

With Blood, Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself and adds a prefix to her name.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

Mas Ysa: Seraph

Many moments of Seraph may seem random but are really meticulously placed in an effort to create something truly graceful and charming.

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The Dustbowl Revival: With a Lampshade On

If these cats don’t get you out on the dance floor, you need to see a doctor about your missing pulse.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:10 AM

LA Priest: Inji

Producer Sam Dust arises as a maverick electronic pop revisionist on his full-length debut as LA Priest.

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The Political Allegory in ‘White God’ Has Quite the Bite

White God ferociously tells a universal story about the ties that bind us, and the forces that try to tear them apart.

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‘The Dark Net’ Peers Beyond the Headlines About the Hidden Web

Part investigative journalism, pop-anthropology, and travel diary, The Dark Net finds a bizarre world; a funhouse refraction of our surface interests, intents, motivations, and mores.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

Simply Red: Big Love

Big Love come across as a kind of audio time capsule, one that makes the passage of the past 30 years simply disappear.

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27 Jul 2015 // 2:02 AM

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Curious Legacy of Outkast

When it comes to hip-hop, everyone remembers who kicked down the front door -- but no one remembers who opened the windows.

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Truth and Other Restrictions: 'True Detective' - Episode 7 - "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

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"Series creator Nic Pizzolatto constructs the entire season on a simple exchange: death seems to be the metaphysical wage of knowledge.

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