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‘The Rap Year Book’ Reformats Hip-Hop History

Through colorful illustrations, irreverent humor, and informed writing, The Rap Year Book strikes a perfect balance between incisive commentary and goofy charm.

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Bruce Bauman’s Latest Is a Family Drama of Biblical Proportions

Broken Sleep is brimming with colorful characters, fascinating dialogue, and beautiful yet tragic relationships, making it easy to read and hard to forget.

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Satire and Satisfaction Roll off the Tongue in Goddard’s ‘Rollaresque’

Goddard reinvents the Rolling Stones’ tale of fame and infamy with the bawdy wit of an 18th century picaresque.

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Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Is ‘Comin’ Right at Ya’

A six-foot-seven-inch self-proclaimed Jewish hippie from Philly starts a Western swing band at a most inopportune time -- and lives to tell the tale.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Fires of Heaven”

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

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‘Northern Soul’: Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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Empire’s Latest Episode Promises More than Just Gags

The second episode of Empire's second season gives audiences more of what they came for: narrative, character development, and strained relationships.

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Patti Smith’s Practice of Everyday Living Will Intrigue Readers of ‘M Train’

Every chapter in M Train digs a fresh grave in the chambers of Patti Smith's memory.

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‘Salad Days’ Provides Punk Food for Thought

This D.C. punk doc eschews rose colored glasses as it looks back on that most influential American punk scene.

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‘Love & Mercy’ and the Dualities of Brian Wilson

Operating through a series of simple juxtapositions, Love & Mercy is kept riveting due to the stellar and nuanced performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack.

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‘The Pop Festival’ Seems to Have Missed the Music

The Pop Festival is largely an overly self-serious look at an essentially less-than-serious pop cultural event.

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“The Cracks Are There But the Light Shines Through”: An Interview with Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim has been touring and recording his entire adult life, but sobriety, surviving a rough breakup, and living in a big pink house have informed what may be his most acclaimed album yet.

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For Jazz and Gospel Artists and Audiences, Music Is Their Faith, and Faith Is Their Rock

Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.

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‘I Dream of Wires’, Like Its Subject, Is Large, Intimidating and Multi-faceted

Before the film's halfway point, you are not dreaming of wires, you are in the wires.

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Al Pacino Is the Showstopper in ‘Danny Collins’

Al Pacino steals the show as Danny Collins in a feel-good redemption story that also happens to be his best role in many years.

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Bob Dylan’s Magical, Controversial Night Shows No Signs of Losing Life

Elijah Wald expertly recreates the (in)famous Newport electric set, shifting perspective amongst Dylan, Seeger and others to fans in the crowd and even the beleaguered sound man.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Could Have Come Straight Outta Today’s Headlines

As a biopic, as a social commentary, as a reminder of our current cultural limits and liabilities, you couldn't ask for a better film.

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The Grateful Dead’s Deep History Is Captured in ‘So Many Roads’

If the road doesn’t go on forever, if the Dead's reign really ends here, David Browne’s volume on The Grateful Dead may well prove to be the go-to encyclopedia for fans.

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Name That Tune: ‘Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack’

Thirty years after the release of his most famous work, there are likely still many who don’t know the name Koji Kondo -- yet they know they've heard his music, somewhere.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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