Articles tagged bono

Songs of Simulation and Discouragement: Bowie, Bono, and Authenticity

With its Apple-sponsored free public release, U2's Songs of Innocence betrays just how far the band has come from their past, despite its attempts to bring back a Dublinesque vision.

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6 Nov 2011 // 8:00 PM

The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.

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It’s All Right, It’s All Right, Alllllll Right: U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’

Pretty much everyone under the age of 35 views U2 as a bunch of overzealous assholes, but this 25-year-old can't help but still blast the group's 1991 masterpiece.

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U2: 18 October 2009 - Norman, OK

This is, to be sure, U2 at their touring highpoint.

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1 Mar 2009 // 8:00 PM

U2: No Line on the Horizon

Hip-hop drum beats, strange reflections in ATM machines, mournful church organs, and a female boot fetish. Without question, No Line on the Horizon sounds like no other U2 album that came before it; whether that's a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen ...

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Super Duper Bad: The Worst Films of 2007

From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.

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11 Oct 2007 // 2:27 AM

A new script for Hollywood war movies

Anti-war demonstrators storm the Pentagon in the movie “Across the Universe.” A career soldier protests the Iraq conflict in “In the Valley of Elah.” The

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27 Sep 2007 // 9:30 PM

(Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) PHILADELPHIA—Before championing the plight of Africa became celebrity chic, there was Bono, the superstar rocker—born Paul David Hewson—

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PHILADELPHIA—When Bono was but a boy, the rock-star-to-be heard John Lennon whispering inspirational words in his ear. “That changed the way the world looked

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21 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

Across the Universe

Such structural spottiness -- great numbers punctuating humdrum character arcs -- is hardly unusual in a musical.

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20 Sep 2007 // 3:06 AM

She’s the guide on this magical mystery tour

NEW YORK—When visionary film and theater director Julie Taymor (“Frida,” “Titus,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) signed on to make a musical about the

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I Wouldn’t Start From Here by Andrew Mueller

A book exploring some of the world's most war-torn hellholes with a self-important endorsement from Bono on the back cover does not promise to be a barrel of laughs.

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Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005)

Lian Lunson's concert documentary, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, works against itself, with too many gushing tributes and not enough Cohen.

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William Gibson: No Maps For These Territories (2003)

William Gibson is a visionary in his own right, and painting him into the reductive sci-fi corner is akin to missing the point of his work.

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FKA twigs Outdoes Herself with 'Congregata' (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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