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Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 3 - “eps2.1_k3rnel-pan1c.ksd”

Elliot continues to battle with Mr. Robot, while the rest of FSociety face growing threats from all sides.

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UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 7 - “Ambush”

“Ambush” takes on a great deal in one episode, but thankfully, it’s been setting things up beautifully all season.

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By Looking Backward, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Prepares the Franchise for the Future

Star Trek Beyond successfully straddles the fine line between Star Wars' high tech toy merchandising and the serious ideas fostered by concept creator, Gene Roddenberry. It's also a stone cold blast.

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22 Jul 2016 // 9:09 AM

Tony Joe White: Rain Crow

Tony Joe White is to swamp rock what the Beatles were to the British Invasion and the Sex Pistols were to punk.

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22 Jul 2016 // 9:07 AM

Floating Points: Kuiper

Sam Shepherd's electronic/jazz/jam collective continues to push boundaries with a hypnotic new EP.

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22 Jul 2016 // 8:53 AM

Bat For Lashes: The Bride

The Bride is an intimate concept album on the death of a loved one and the process one takes in returning to normalcy.

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Grace Jones: Warm Leatherette (Deluxe Edition)

Though it was her fourth album, Warm Leatherette is really where it all started for the one and only Ms. Jones.

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There’s No Room for You in Hannah Tennant-Moore’s ‘Wreck and Order’

Our self-indulgent protagonist tries to find herself in the rural poverty of the third world but the people, the customs, the food, it all starts to grate on her first world sensibilities.

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22 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David: "like Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett for television." What more does one need?

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Foray into Fragments: Friedrich Schlegel

In this world, truth cannot be known in its fullness. We only get distorted images and fragments of the whole.

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“A Joyful, Very Happy Feeling”: A Conversation With Tanya Donelly of Belly

Donelly discusses her solo work and the much-anticipated Belly reunion -- and hints that the band may have more than a summer tour in the works.

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The Strumbellas’ Fun Folk Appeals to 4 Knots Festival-Goers (Interview + Photos)

A conversation with Canadian folk-pop group the Strumbellas and photos of Car Seat Headrest and Protomartyr from the 4 Knots Music Festival.

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It’s a Personal Apocalypse in ‘Uncanny X-men #10’

Cullen Bunn ends Apocalypse Wars with a choppy, but personal touch.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The City Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken”

They would drive 100 miles, and they would drive 100 more, just to break the curse that could bring down the tour in a fun episode that combines sex, former drugs, and superstition.

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‘The Age of Lovecraft’ Wonderfully Elucidates the Central Dilemma Posed by Lovecraft

The Age of Lovecraft asks readers to weigh his undeniable revulsion toward non-white, non-male bodies against his vision of a cosmos indifferent to all humans.

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‘The Way’ Wants to Be the ‘90s Adventure Game Classic ‘Another World’

Upon finishing The Way, I didn't feel the joy that one does after playing a good game. Instead, I felt a muted sense of nothing.

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21 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Amazing: Ambulance

Ambulance finds the Amazing pushing forward, trying new angles, and adding moments of clarity and sparseness to their trademark bittersweet gauze.

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Richard Herring Proves That Talk Is Cheap and Incredibly Entertaining

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast gives comedians a chance to be honest and the audience a chance to laugh like hell.

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The Avalanches: Wildflower (take two)

After 16 years, the hype for another Avalanches album is inescapable, and Wildflower drowns in comparisons. On its own, however, it's a joyous ray of sunshine with an identity all its own.

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Girl Crushing It: On the Queer Failures and Successes of Country

There were reasons that a song that could be considered queer broke through at the same time that male homosociality retreated.

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Amber Arcades: Fading Lines

Amber Arcades' debut is a solid dream-pop album. A little more work on the pop side of the equation and she could be a lot more than solid.

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They Might Be Giants: Phone Power (take two)

They Might Be Giants’s 19th studio album is a reminder to the world that if they aren’t indie rock’s answer to Lennon and McCartney, they could at the very least be geek rock’s heirs to Difford and Tilbrook.

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A Smart But Brief Look at the Undervalued Half of the World’s Population

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? is a sharply written book on economics for people who aren't economists.

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Mastering the Publishing Cadenza: An Interview with Opera News’ F. Paul Driscoll

Opera News celebrates 80 years of publication this year -- so how do they stay relevant in this day and age? Let Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll tell you what he's discovered.

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Bob Brown: The Wall I Built Myself / Willoughby’s Lament

Tompkins Square brings a pair of forgotten 1970s gems long cherished by vinyl collectors into the digital age. Bob Brown’s delicate baroque-folk musings will be welcome to fans of the singer-songwriter genre.

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UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 6 - “Casualty”

"Casualty" deals with consequences in all their complex, frustrating, and unfair incarnations.

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Tim Heidecker’s “Befuddling” Success: An Interview

The funnyman opens up about the question of “sincerity” and his new album, dealing with criticism, and a sneak preview of the just-premiered fourth seasons of Decker and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule.

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Finding the ‘Art’ in Historical Fiction and Narrative History

Christopher Bram's sincere love for historical storytelling is contagious.

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‘Two Guys and a Girl’ Is Amiable Enough

Helmed by a young Ryan Reynolds, Two Guys and a Girl is a consistently fun if rarely thrilling find.

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We Still Want Everything: The Politicisation of Anti-work

Less work, more pay, more leisure, guaranteed income -- We Want Everything sends a stirring reminder that these are not new demands.

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20 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Clams Casino: 32 Levels

32 Levels is the album that Clams Casino’s production up to this point has been promising, and he made good on it.

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William Bell: This Is Where I Live

Soul survivor reunites with the label that launched his career and the result is captivating.

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Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

Even though Why Are You Okay features some of Band of Horses' best work in a long time, it's still only slightly above average at best.

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European Fine Art Meets Japanese Manga in ‘Guardians of the Louvre’

Jiro Taniguchi's installment proves that contemporary manga artists can hold their own against the greatest in the pantheon of western art.

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Paul McCartney Takes Nothing for Granted on ‘One on One’ Tour

Paul McCartney showered the Philly audience with love and even helped one couple get engaged.

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Thomas Hauser’s ‘Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to the Greatest’ Is But Another Chapter

Ali's foremost biographer writes a coda to the champ's life -- but it shouldn't be the final word.

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19 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Kimchi and Pop Songs in Pyongyang

\What does music feel like to people in North Korea? To the civil servant who works to protect "Arirang", a traditional folk song, to the middle-aged woman tortured for singing a South Korean pop song? To the young North Koreans who trade MP3s?

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Delving Into the Marrow of a Song With Singular Jazz Singer and Songwriter René Marie

René Marie, like Gregory Porter, writes songs and creates records that have the soul and story-telling impulse to reach beyond jazz audiences.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Various Artists: C87

C87 is a deep dig down a particular acre of the ‘80s pop estate, pulling up dozens of in-between-scene gems that gleam as they reflect off one another.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Palmistry: PAGAN

On PAGAN, alt-dancehall purveyor Palmistry throws himself headfirst into a world where whispers, sighs, mumblings, and ramblings bespeak great depths of intimacy

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Evans the Death: Vanilla

Vanilla is both the most complex and most impressive work the band has yet done.

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‘Richard III’ Is Ian McKellen’s Glorious Rendition of an Absolute Villain

With Shakespeare's A Game of Thrones rendered into a Fascist version of '30s Britain, be careful whose side you're on.

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Petula Clark: Natural Love - The Scotti Brothers Recordings

One of the few releases of hers not to feature “Downtown", Natural Love functions as a reminder of Petula Clark’s ill-advised early ‘80s detour into inconsequential country and adult contemporary.

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Ruth Ozeki on Making Peace With the Mirror

What did her face look like before her parents were born? Ruth Ozeki decided to find out.

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The Golden Age Meets Golden Girls to Create Comedy From the Lives of Retired Superheroes

When creatives are given what may seem to be enough rope to hang themselves, they may just show you something new a rope can be used for.

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Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2 – “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc”/“eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc”

Elliot's perfect loop of existence can't save him from himself as Mr. Robot's hotly anticipated second season sets the scene.

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Living by the Word in Jooyoung Lee’s ‘Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central’

Blowin’ Up peers into the world of hip-hop as it is lived by some of the art form’s most dedicated practitioners.

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18 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Otis Redding: We’ve Got Dreams to Remember

To celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday this September, daughter Karla Redding-Andrews remembers the legacy of American Treasure Otis Redding.

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ScHoolboy Q: Blank Face (take 2)

ScHoolboy Q's new album is an improvement on all fronts for the young Californian rapper.

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The Explorers Club: Together

The harmonies are tight, the melodies strong and catchy, and the overall mood is jubilant and uplifting, making Together the perfect antidote for the toxic politics, violence, personal struggles, and controversies that seem to swirl around all our lives like a constant black cloud.

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Chaim Tannenbaum: Chaim Tannenbaum

Tannenbaum reinvigorates traditional folk with his compelling debut.

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Various Artists: Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator has always introduced listeners to incredible music, and this collection gives us more than 30 reminders of all the greats that have called the label home since 1971.

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‘Under the Harrow’ Is a Gripping Exploration Into Grief, Manipulation and Jealosy

Under the Harrow's narrator will leave you both empathetic to what she bears and enraged at what she becomes.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 3 (60 - 41)

The third part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Sonic Youth, Primal Scream, Garbage, Pixies and more.

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Is Punishing a Crime Before It’s Committed a Crime Itself?

A major death raises the stakes for the present and future in Civil War II #3.

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Beautiful Lies and False Gods in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Zack Snyder's film interrogates two primal drives in American culture through the top characters of the DC pantheon: fear and its trauma (Batman) and naked power and its ambiguities (Superman).

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Beyond the Wizards Sleeve: The Soft Bounce

Beyond the Wizards Sleeve offer a heady mixture of ‘90s EDM and ‘60s psychedelia that transcends both stylistic reference points to become something wholly new and different and, most importantly, wildly enjoyable.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

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The Avett Brothers: True Sadness

On their latest, the Avetts set their past, present, and future front-and-center in compelling fashion.

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The Kinks: Everybody’s in Show-Biz

A convoluted masterpiece in large part because Ray Davies passionately hates his life and lies with every breath -- and likewise, fears his death.

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Cameron Carpenter: All You Need Is Bach

If you've been waiting for Baroque music to get a fresh, modernist kick in the pants, then you just need to keep on waiting.

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Grateful Dead: Red Rocks 7/8/78

Jerry Garcia and Co. were capable of unbelievable highs and unfathomable lows. The lows take center stage on a lackluster set from Summer '78.

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Motorways, Bank Robbers, and Other Delights: A Conversation with Martin Bramah of Blue Orchids

John Peel and Nico loved his band and Mark E. Smith fired him. Martin Bramah marched through history with a band he can never seem to escape. After decades of trying not to, he's finally learned to embrace life in Blue Orchids.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Pays Homage to the Original, But Fails to Forge Its Own Identity

Like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it, Ghostbusters relies on a familiar formula to ensure the safest product possible.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 2 (80 - 61)

The second part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s includes Pavement, Suzanne Vega, Morrissey, Dinosaur Jr., and more.

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Preacher: Season 1, Episode 7 - “He Gone”

Jesse continues to push people away in an episode that delves deep into his guilt-ridden past.

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Imagine Hannah-Barbera Characters in a Beyond Thunderdome Setting

In Wacky Raceland #1, a post-apocalyptic Hannah-Barbera universe sees what classic characters do now that they're being written to think and act like adults.

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BrainDead, Season 1, Episode 4, “Wake Up Grassroots ...”

Threats, public television, ants, and a knife: BrainDead's uneven fourth episode sets up what should be an important episode five.

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Riding the Undercurrent: An Interview with Sarah Jarosz

After a whirlwind three years, Jarosz finds herself at the precipice of her most-anticipated release yet, and it all begins with stripping things down.

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‘Back to the Fifties’ Points the Finger Directly at the Rise of Ronald Reagan

Back to the Fifties sheds light on the politicized motivations behind the pop cultural revisionist view of the Fifties in the wake of the tumultuous Sixties.

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The Geek Feminist Revolution Is Not Only Changing Genres of Fiction, but Society Itself

Whether new worlds are created with the stroke of a keypad or the waving of a placard, both reflect the human capacity for growth, for reinvention, for hope.

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One Shot: Remembering Michael Cimino’s Masterpiece, ‘The Deer Hunter’

The Deer Hunter gets war, yes, but it also nails the beautiful, if banal simplicity of working class existence.

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14 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Inter Arma: Paradise Gallows

Typhoon-sized riffs and adventurous song structures define Paradise Gallows, the latest release by Virginia metal outfit Inter Arma.

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14 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Aphex Twin: Cheetah

Harnessing older sounds into something that sounds modern, the Cheetah EP transforms grotesque synth into something that sounds human.

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Various Artists: Boombox - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79-82

None of the artists on this in-depth Soul Jazz compilation went on to achieve Bambaataa levels of fame, but nearly 35 years removed, that early hip-hop flavor remains as fresh as ever.

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Chromatics: Cherry / Just Like You EP

The ever-prolific Johnny Jewel returns to his main project with two new releases that further assert his prodigious talent.

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‘Adultery’ Makes a Legal Argument With Clarity

Deborah L. Rhode examines infidelity in a variety of arenas; from the military to politics, from marriage to alternative lifestyles.

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‘The Night Of’ Is HBO’s Great New Noir

In the snappy but long-fuse start to this promising new HBO miniseries, a night of bad decisions and a conveniently patchy memory sends a prototypical "good kid" from Queens tumbling through the Dante-esque tribulation of the legal process.

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‘Global Punk’: The Longevity of Punk Encourages

No previous survey of punk has likely examined a Celtic band from Indonesia, or swept across the Basque Country, Poland, and Edinburgh as well as Long Island, Chicago, or Austin.

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Fantastic Negrito’s “Working Poor” Is the Soundtrack to the Summer of ‘16

America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.

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Only Tongues Can Tell: A Conversation with Frank Reader of the Trashcan Sinatras

Trashcan Sinatras bassist Frank Reader discusses the band's new album, the origins of the group and the reality of being a working musician in 2016.

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13 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Avalanches: Wildflower

Wildflower is an hour-long musical journey through dimensions of sound and invention that were previously only accessible via the Avalanches' magical debut.

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The Sad Rest of Kurt Cobain

Nick Soulsby’s interview book for completists is not meant to entertain -- it's a 500-page death march.

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Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads

Twenty-five years into a great career, Brad Mehldau issues one of subtlest and most comfortable trio performances.

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Stage 773’s Comedy Ensemble Unlikely Company Finds Their Footing in Farce

Unlikely Company’s talented ensemble finds both the humor and the melody in adult life, urging us to laugh at our own indulgent banality.

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13 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

M. Craft: Blood Moon

Blood Moon is a quiet album made at a time when everything else churned out these days comes with pomp and circumstance at wake-the-dead volume levels.

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Various Artists: Day of the Dead

Aaron and Bryce Dessner have masterfully assembled a dizzying array of contemporary artists to reinterpret the songs of the Grateful Dead.

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The 2016 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Metric, and Hiromi highlighted a diverse opening weekend of the 30th annual festival.

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12 Jul 2016 // 10:00 AM

Bloodline: Season 2

The black sheep finds his herd in an excellent second season for Netflix's Bloodline

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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Is a Crash Course of Self-discovery and Independence

Richard Linklater's spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused hits the '80s with a little education and a lot of partying: self-discovery lies somewhere between.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 3 - “The Bryce Newman Letter”

It's all fun and games, until a wild critic is sent into the midst of the Fellini meets The Monkees tour of the Staton-House Band.

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‘The Technomancer’ Takes Your Suspension of Disbelief for Granted

The Technomancer's botched combat system and lazily constructed narrative undermine an otherwise interesting premise.

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‘Horses, Horses, In the End the Light Remains Pure’

Hideo Furukawa’s journey into Fukushima, post 3/11, is a journey into overlapping, concentric circles.

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“It’s not something you get to play very often”: Interview with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg shares his insights on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the MCU, and whether his Lip Sync Battle moment influences his performance.

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Brexit Blues: It’s the Anti-Intellectualism, Stupid

'Leave' campaign figurehead Michael Gove set the tone in early June when he claimed that ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

It’s a flawed love-letter to the '80s, to the people who just want to dance, to the people who feel marginalized, to the people who feel oppressed. Given recent events, it’s an uplifting album in embarrassing times.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Moon Bros.: These Stars

A post-rock homage to the rich vein of cinematic western music, Matt Schneider’s Moon Bros. offers a warm kind of cool.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Beth Orton: Kidsticks

British songwriter Beth Orton stretches to the heavens on her latest album.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kaytranada: 99.9%

Montreal-based producer Kaytranada attempts a lot of things on his debut. When he hits the mark, it's great. If only he hit the mark just a bit more often.

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James Thomas Shares His Oddball Sensibilities in Book Form

Why the Long Joke? is the perfect anecdote to all of the sad and terrible news and information with which we are pummeled on a daily basis.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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