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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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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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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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‘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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‘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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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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‘Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles’ and the Balance of Fandom and Criticism

George Plasketes has to balance fan appreciation and critical detachment here. He succeeds in providing a deep compendium of all things Zevon.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 2 - “What Would Phil Do?”

Roadies shifts from the magic-surrealism of music love to the down-to-Earth mishaps of a road comedy in a big, entertaining step up from the pilot.

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Roadies: Season 1 Episode 1 - “Life is a Carnival”

Rock 'n' roll is still the untellable enigma that us plebes will never understand in the pilot for Cameron Crowe's show about the backstage lives of our idols.

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Jon Savage’s ‘1966’ Explores How the Music Shaped the Culture

Jon Savage connects societal changes with the changing landscape of popular music and its role within not only popular culture, but in how it shaped an entire generation’s way of thinking.

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‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Avoids the Usual Rock Doc Clichés

Janis Joplin's life and career get the American Masters treatment in a doc that provides useful reminders about her titanic spirit and talent.

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Documentary ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’ Presents Truths and Fictions

The documentary's remix of the protagonists experiences shapes a trajectory, invites identification with her struggle, presents her as mesmeric, self-aware.

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31 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Empire: Season 2, Part 2

If Empirestretches audience goodwill a little too far, perhaps it can be forgiven; whatever its flaws, it never fails to entertain.

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‘Expresso Bongo’ Is a 1959 Satire on the Music Industry With Contemporary Relevancy

It was a time when teenagers were old, Cliff Richard was young, and the beats were straight from the fridge, daddio!

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‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

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‘Sing Street’ Goes Back to the (Neo-Romantic) Future

Faith in the transformative power of music courses through Sing Street like an electric current.

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22 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Oxford Handbook of Music & Virtuality

Blur's Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett created the cyberworld Gorillaz as a critique and subversion of manufactured music. Does it succeed in its intentions?

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 10 - “Alibi”

Richie gets sold out by his best friend, while the Nasty Bits sell out a show in a neatly tied up season finale.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 9 - “Rock and Roll Queen”

While the boring murder and crime storyline gets some airtime, we really delve deep into Vinyl's Madonna/whore problem in this episode.

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A Partridge Compendium That Probes Some of the Best Parts of XTC’s Rich Pageant

In lieu of an XTC biography or a Partridge memoir, we take a trip through the notebooks and brainwaves of the master.

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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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