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Words Aren’t Minced in Thomas Piketty’s ‘Why Save the Bankers?’

The bestselling French economist offers new advice on saving democracy from capitalism. The whole world needs to listen.

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Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 3 - “New York’s Finest”

Daredevil's latest episode carefully examines the varying heroes of Hell's Kitchen.

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Japanese Breakfast: Psychopomp

If we're to believe this album, Japanese Breakfast sounds tasty.

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‘The Art of Perspective’ Is a Little Gem of a Book Filled With Wit and Wisdom

Castellani does an excellent job guiding readers through numerous literary texts, but some of the most compelling parts are when he tells his own story.

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Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Les Blancs’ Gets Extraordinary Production at National Theatre

The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic.

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O.J. Still Holds Allure in ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

American Crime Story reveals more about the audience than the already well-known elements of the O.J. Simpson trial.

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4 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Pet Shop Boys: SUPER

Thirty years since "West End Girls" launched their career, Pet Shop Boys are back with a thrilling new album produced by Stuart Price, SUPER.

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4 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

Ihsahn: Arktis

Ihsahn's sense of adventure is all over the place on Arktis, but fortunately that doesn't prevent the music from unifying into a compelling whole.

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They Might Be Giants: Phone Power

They Might Be Giants' third album of the past year contains some real gems. It also has a lot of material that doesn't quite make the grade, making it feel like a leftovers record.

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4 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

Låpsley: Long Way Home

In Long Way Home, Låpsley weaves a rich, multi-layered sonic fabric from sound bites of errant longing

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How the US Government Spins ‘The War on Leakers’

Lloyd C. Gardner makes an alarming case for the elusiveness of American democracy and the astounding ignorance in which it operates.

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Time of Absence: Documenting Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’

The Life of Pablo is an ideological attack against the pop institutions that continually try to mystify art and control the artist's identity for profit.

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The Extraordinarily Advanced Basics in ‘X-men 92 #1’

The golden era of X-men injects fresh energy into a current era of uncertainty.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 17 - “Flash Back”

"Flash Back" is a reminder of just how good The Flash was and continues to be.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 16 - “Pour Some Sugar, Zombie”

iZombie maintains a level of tension and momentum week to week that’s difficult to achieve; the series makes it look easy.

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1 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Banjo: America’s African Instrument

Laurent Dubois' biography of one of America’s iconic folk instruments spans continents and cultures. In this excerpt, we explore the banjo's humble origins.

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‘The Graduate’ Still Seduces

As energetic as it ever was, sharp jokes and even sharper edges aren't lost in the transition from hit film to cultural touchstone.

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Gasoline & Mirrors: An Interview With Bibio

He's considered the folktronica producer du jour, but Stephen Wilkinson's art runs much deeper than that. His latest unleashes his inner pop instincts.

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Andrew Bird: Are You Serious

Andrew Bird returns with the same sinuous, gypsy-folk style, but introduces a newfound thematic interest in love's complexities

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Young Thug: Slime Season 3

Slime Season 3 succeeds on multiple levels, none more exciting than his ongoing exercise in seeing just how elastic syllables are.

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Marco Benevento: The Story of Fred Short

Benevento has shown us how he can do as a keyboardist and composer, and it's disappointing to hear less than that on a new album.

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Prins Thomas: Principe del Norte

Forgoing more rhythm-based music, Prins Thomas explores sound and texture for the sake of itself rather than that of the dance floor.

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‘Freaks and Geeks’ Reels in High School Misery

Social awkwardness, uncomfortable dates, unrequited crushes, embarrassing conversations with adults, peer pressure, academic failure -- it's all here.

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Willie Nile: World War Willie

Willie Nile is part of dying breed of rockers and demonstrates once more how much we and rock 'n' roll need him around.

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Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville

While some might think of country music as a repository of nostalgia, Hill argues that the genre is successful because its songs and its people address social and cultural issues as well as geographic change.

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Hank Williams Is Alive in ‘I Saw The Light’, But the Movie Itself Is D.O.A.

Not even game performances by its two leads can salvage a slapdash biopic that offers little insight and far too much superficial sentiment.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 18 - “Worlds Finest”

The Flash runs so fast that he not only jumps between worlds but also networks, arriving in National City (and CBS), just in time to help Supergirl shine.

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11.22.63: Season 1, Episode 7 – “Soldier Boy”

Time and identity are the main antagonists as the series counts down to the day in question.

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Mona Awad’s Anti-Hero Lizzie Exists in a World of Mirrors

In 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Lizzie confronts two sides of seeing -- how she sees herself, and how others see her -- and how neither gets it right.

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31 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Moderat: III

After a shaky start, Moderat follow through with some of their best songs to date on their latest album.

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Time Only Makes the Cult Grow Stronger: Kids in the Hall’s ‘Brain Candy’

Brain Candy is considered the "darkest" chapter in Kids in the Hall's story. But dark is a part of their comedy and their appeal, so now's a good time to look at this film in a new light.

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31 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Charles Bradley: Changes

Charles Bradley is the closest living equivalent to James Brown today. He’s a dynamic performer whose style is purposely reminiscent of the Soul King.

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Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories

It doesn’t matter if he’s singing about his aunt’s new old husband, an old man reminiscing in a nursing home, or the girls from Carolina. We are all a bunch of weirdos and better off for it.

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Various Artists: Punk 45: Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils

Sixth release in punk compilations series from Soul Jazz Records reveals that which made Los Angeles distinct from its American peers.

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‘Ctrl+Z’ Explains Why the World Just Won’t Leave Us Alone

Meg Leta Jones waxes metaphysical on the essence of privacy, the internet as garden-variety ephemera, and an ever-shifting idea of information "stewardship".

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31 Mar 2016 // 2:05 AM

The Prettiots: Funs Cool

The Prettiots will no doubt be described as cutesy indie-pop, but there’s a serious strain of nihilism, anxiety and realism within their songs, even the jokey ones

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Always Cry 4 Love, Never Cry 4 Pain: Prince’s 30-year ‘Parade’

On Parade, Prince allows an openness to ideas and collaboration to a degree he’d never experienced before, and it brings out the best in him.

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Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 7 - “Inflatable”

Jimmy transforms himself from sheep to wolf in the most hilarious way possible in "Inflatable".

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‘Born To Be Blue’ Props Up the Cult of the Intuitive Genius

This film slyly suggests that even Chet Baker himself couldn’t quite work out who ‘Chet Baker: Jazz Legend’ might or should be.

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The Magicians: Season 1, Episode 11 - “Remedial Battle Magic”

A few missteps aren't enough to deny "Remedial Battle Magic" its crown as a clever, well-directed gem of an episode.

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(Almost) Everybody Gets It in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

This film will thrill a certain set of men who experienced college during the '80s and had a meaningful period of personal growth during that time.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 13 - “Parting Shot”

The thrilling spycraft nature of "Parting Shot" portends big shifts in the team’s dynamics.

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Living Outside of Language With Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘In Other Words’

Lahiri's sense of alienation informs all of her writing and makes In Other Words, an achingly lonely, interior work.

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30 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Mogwai: Atomic

Mogwai tackle soundtracking the fear of the bomb with a smart emphasis on how delicate and sacred life is.

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Driving a Spaceship Through Futuristic Jungles with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

In EARS, Smith plays a Buchla 100 and other synthetic keyboards to match the futuristic movie that runs through her mind.

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30 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Baauer: Aa

Though Aa is frustratingly short, it's nevertheless one of the best things the impressive young producer has created thus far.

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Bleached: Welcome the Worms

Bleached might have an endearing eccentric nature to them, but a lacking of emotion brings down Welcome the Worms.

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Mavis Staples: Livin’ on a High Note

Mavis never really went away. She’s always been in the mix. It’s just that new generations keep finding ways to discover her.

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Rasputin Stash: Devil Made Me Do It

Second album by Chicago’s underground funk heroes gets another chance to unleash its decidedly non-commercial approximations of commercial R&B on the masses in this new reissue.

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Hero Worship, Reportage and Friendship in ‘Approaching Ali’

While the access Miller gained sheds some light on Ali’s post-boxing life, this story is really about Miller and how much of his life revolved around his hero.

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Crew Love: Based on a True Story

Often hypnotic, often funky mash-ups of different club styles, Based on a True Story, an allstar collaborative release from Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap DJ labels, runs the gamut of Soundcloud mix-core.

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Greetings From the Third World: Revisiting Sepultura’s Genre-Changing ‘Roots’

Sepultura blew the doors open on our definitions of metal and so-called "world music", effectively creating a whole new paradigm. We haven't heard anything quite like it since.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 18 - “Unmanned”

Finally, The Good Wife makes its final turn down the final road -- and finally, the sadness of it all coming to an end begins to set in.

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Once Upon a Time: Season 5, Episode 14 - “Devil’s Due”

Once Upon a Time allows pop cultural reference points to play freely with older, more ancient stories, fusing postmodern theory with Joseph Campbell’s archetypes.

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Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 2 - “Dogs to a Gunfight”

A plot-heavy second episode brings us closer to greater discussions of morality.

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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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How to Recover From the Batman v. Superman Debacle: An Open Letter to Warner Bros.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting trashed. How can DC and Warner Bros. recover from this debacle? PopMatters' comics and movie scholar can help.

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Explosions in the Sky: The Wilderness

Explosions in the Sky offer up the most significant sonic transformation of their career in The Wilderness.

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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones: Little Windows

Teddy Thompson returns with a collection predictably superior songs. And he's got a new singing partner who proves that she can keep him on his toes.

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Dieter Moebius: Blotch / Nurton

Bureau B is here to make sure that Dieter Moebius's solo releases don't get swept under the Cluster/Harmonia rug.

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXV’ Pays Tribute to Roger Corman’s Legacy

The latest release, full of aliens and alternate realities, highlights Corman's many roles in and influence on the film industry.

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29 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Paul Burch: Meridian Rising

In putting himself in the shoes of Jimmie Rodgers, Paul Burch delivers a compelling story-song set that ranks among some of his best work.

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‘Small Town Talk’ Both Celebrates and Interrogates Woodstock’s Past

If you're looking for a true-to-life portrait of the way cultural memory evolves and is shaped within the context of a small town, this is a profound case study.

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Various Artists: George Fest

Dhani Harrison’s historical document on music's methods of passage through time shows the anxiety of his father’s influence

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29 Mar 2016 // 2:02 AM

Lakou Mizik: Wa Di Yo

Wa Di Yo marks the debut of one world band that could rightfully be making world headlines.

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Distorted Reality and the Art of Magic: An Interview with the Besnard Lakes

"We're not really witches and warlocks," explains Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes. He does, however, profess an awareness of what he calls a "secret underworld" beneath the surface of everyday consciousness.

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28 Mar 2016 // 10:00 AM

Fuller House: Season 1

While the series relies on many of the same beats as the original, it hits the right notes with "DJ" Stephanie.

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Clouds, Thunder, and the Narrative of Structure: An Interview With Pinkshinyultrablast

Though thematic clashes of good and evil are entertaining, Pinkshinyultrablast acknowledge that structure has its importance when carving their dreamy tracks.

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28 Mar 2016 // 9:00 AM

The Night Manager: Season 1, Episode 3

Finally the show starts to resemble a spy thriller, and benefits from renewed focus and drive. Come now to leper -- sorry, I mean Roper Island!

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Effortless Deliciousness: The ‘Bite Me’ Sisters Have Got It Licked

With Lick Your Plate, their latest cookbook, these sisters endeavour to bring meals humming with deliciousness and humor to your table.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Bibio: A Mineral Love

"Lookin' like a butterfly / You lookin' like petals in a hurricane wind." That couplet is exactly A Mineral Love sounds like, and Bibio couldn't have said it better himself.

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The Cure: Ranking the Albums From 13 to 1

With their first tour in years, now is the perfect time to review the sterling catalog of one of the most substantive and influential bands of the last 40 years.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Nixxon: For No Good Reason

Nixxon's latest offers after-dark R&B drenched with the sweat of both sex and fright.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:15 AM

Kiran Leonard: Grapefruit

Grapefruit revels in its difficulty and intelligence, but sometimes these are the very ideas that the music collapses on.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kano: Made in the Manor

Kano’s fifth LP sees the rapper revisiting his childhood haunts in an attempt to come to terms with his past.

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The Tapes: Selected Works 1982-1992

For a sampling of daring, unique underground industrial music from the Mediterranean, this is a document well worth studying and enjoying.

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Anti-Education: Nietzsche on Our Learning Institutions

In these lectures Nietzsche is not yet philosophizing with a hammer, but the hammer is certainly within arm's reach.

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iZombie: Season 2, Episode 15 - “He Blinded Me… With Science”

Even as the series covers so much information in the episode, it never feels rushed and it always makes room for the lighter moments.

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‘Extraordinary X-men #8’ Serves as an Apocalyptic Catalyst

These young X-men didn't expect they'd have to deal with Sugar Man, time machines, or apocalyptic futures.

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Aruán Ortiz Trio: Hidden Voices

Ortiz is a percussive pianist, but in all that power Hidden Voices never loses a sense of nuance and discovery.

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Be It Victorian England or ‘50s-era America, Women Are Driven Bonkers

In several projects, Eleanor Parker embodied women trapped in desperate circumstances in 'The Woman in White' and 'Lizzie'.

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Public Memory: Wuthering Drum

Wuthering Drum is a moody, cinematic collection of low-tempo ambient music, that while relatively restricted, can be immersive.

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The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 14 - “Twice As Far”

Two characters set out to prove themselves, but the situations get complicated.

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The Boys Are Oversharing in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

One might take solace in Wonder Woman's enigma, here, amid Batman and Superman's clunking assertions of need and self.

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Stewart/Colbert Effect: Colbert Trumps Fallon in Trump Interview

In the school of late night, Stephen Colbert's the class clown and Jimmy Fallon's the student body president.

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The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention

Paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age.

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25 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Bob Mould: Patch the Sky

Patch the Sky teeters between the crisp production and outright aggression that marked Mould's short tenure fronting Sugar.

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25 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

The Range: Potential

Potential is as great an album as it is a story, and it proves that a sample needn't be well-known to be powerful.

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Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Something as fresh and lively as Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall results in a rare enhancement of what you already have come to know and love.

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25 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Zun: Burial Sunrise

A desert rock triumph that exists somewhere between the waking and dreaming world.

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Death Tripping Tibetan Style With Gaspar Noé‘s ‘Enter the Void’

Reaching for the ultimate psychedelic experience, director Gaspar Noé found The Tibetan Book of the Dead, but did he know what he found when he crafted Enter the Void?

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Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 6 - “Bali Ha’I”

As Better Call Saul enters the second half of season two, we begin to see its characters pulled in very different directions.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 12 - “The Inside Man”

The proliferation of Inhumans allows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to ask some serious questions about the responsibilities of power.

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Marit Larsen on the Power of Nordic Pop Music and How to Cultivate a Cult Audience

Marit Larsen is the hyper-talented Nordic pop heroine that many should-be fans in North America have yet to discover.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 16 - “Trajectory”

The Flash is good. It's the superhero show that I've wanted my whole life.

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Why They Fight: A Brief History of Batman Battling Superman

Over the course of any relationship, especially ones that last three quarters of a century, there's bound to be some friction, some tension and some overall sour times.

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24 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Night Moves: Pennied Days

Night Moves' Pennied Days is a small town rock record with big studio ambition.

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Was Frederick Douglass America’s First Media-savvy Political Activist?

The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.

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The Thermals: We Disappear

The Thermals know what they're doing, but that's all they're doing.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

The only thing stranger than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new album is the mindset that the duo must've had when making it.

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