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The Month In Pop Entertainment: June 2013

Highlighting the month’s top releases in movies, music, television, and video games.

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29 May 2013 // 11:30 PM

In Defense of Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.

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BUKU Music and Art Project: 8-9 March 2013 - New Orleans

With a diverse lineup, BUKU intended to incorporate the post-industrial vibe as well as the garish festivity of Mardi Gras World, which it pulled off with varying degrees of success.

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Flash Points: Racial Profiling, Riot Porn and the Zombie Apocolypse

This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.

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“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.

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‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.

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Austin City Limits: Friday 16 September 2011

Even the sticky situation of having Kanye West and Coldplay sort of split the Friday night finale on opposite sides of Zilker Park was a wise and calculated decision.

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Has-Lo: In Case I Don’t Make It

Has-Lo's latest may not brighten your day with its demeanor, but his abilities on the mic are certainly worth your attention.

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Watch the Discourse: Luxury Rap, Success and Self-Absorption

The value of a release as large as Watch the Throne is that it goes beyond the gargantuan personalities involved or even the monster show dates designed to promote it. Part of the value is the discussion it generates.

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Beyoncé Rocks It Slow and ‘90s Style for Her 1+1 Video

When Beyoncé released her fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, many were confused as to which direction she was going. There were moments of psychedelic electro

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24 Aug 2011 // 11:22 AM

OK Go vs. the Muppets

The Muppets drifted out of coolness when they were relegated to children’s entertainment in the ‘90s. They came back with a vengeance though through

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Tori Amos’ Latest Video Continues Her Tradition of Cheese

Tori Amos' latest video continues her long running awkward relationship with the visual medium.

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Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne

It's not the beacon of creativity that some may expect on the heels of Kanye's epic 2010, but Watch the Throne is definitely one of 2011's most entertaining, ear-perking offerings.

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9 Aug 2011 // 10:47 AM

Jay-Z and Kanye West ascend the ‘Throne’

JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST “Watch the Throne” Roc-a-Fella Records (3 1/2 stars) The kingdom is in peril. Confidence has been shaken: “Tears on the mausoleum floor/Blood

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Coldest Winter” and “Pinocchio Story”

808s & Heartbreak -- and this Between the Grooves series -- wraps up with a two-song tandem that exemplifies everything Kanye West's masterpiece-before-the-masterpiece is about.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “See You in My Nightmare”

West consciously kept the guest spots and big-name collaborations at a minimum when constructing his fourth album. That mantra allowed this particular joint effort to stand firmly on its own among some of the best work he has ever been a part of.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Bad News”

Don't discount "Bad News" because of its placement on 808s & Heartbreak. It's still one of the best art-pop compositions of our time.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Street Lights”

Kanye kicks off 808s & Heartbreak's home stretch with a song often over-looked, though never discredited.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Robocop”

If 808s & Heartbreak is the lost Kanye West record, then the songs that make up the second half of the album are the true forgotten masterpieces. And, all things considered, there isn’t a better track than “RoboCop” to begin that undervalued stretch of criminally-forgotten tracks.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Paranoid”

On "Paranoid", Kanye West takes a break from the haunting percussion sounds and counters with a glorious trip to 1986.

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