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Jason Molina’s Mythological Palette, Warts and All

Osmon lights the oil lamps on the process of Molina’s creative wonder, from toddling on the shores of Lake Erie to the indie folk pedestal he so deservedly sits upon today.

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Lost Chords, Major Chords, Minor Chords, Dissonant Counter-melodies: ‘Dreaming the Beatles’

This biography of the Beatles illustrates how their personality dynamics served as both a necessary elixir and an addictive poison in the creation of their music.

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What Is Real in the YouTube World of ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’?

Presenting Princess Shaw simultaneously exposes and obscures the process of documentary-making.

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Thin Lizzy / Philip Lynott Bio ‘Cowboy Song’ Is Like Reading the Best Liner Notes, Ever

Cowboy Song is not the first biography of Thin Lizzy and/or Lynott, but it is profoundly well-researched and may be the best.

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Clearly, ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Belongs in the Pantheon of Essential Music Documentaries

Win Wenders beautifully intersperses images of concert footage with more intimate performances of the same song. The differences are both illuminating and affecting.

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‘Baby Driver’ Speeds Through an Irresistible World of Rascals and Reverb

Baby Driver sometimes feels like a deranged mashup between Drive, Heat, and La La Land.

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Bang Bang Bang to the Beat: Edgar Wright on His Musical Approach to Action in Baby Driver

Edgar Wright and Ansel Elgort break down their fresh approach to action in the musically driven, pop-culture infused Baby Driver.

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Yes, Music Can and Should Elicit Worldwide Progress

Sound System is ceaselessly fascinating and incredibly well researched, with a narrative voice that’s simultaneously highly educated and humbly inviting.

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‘The Girl at the Baggage Claim’: Culture, Context, and the Self in East and West

Gish Jen's study of independence and interdependence brings polarized ideas of the self into conversation with one another.

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When It Comes to Collecting Vinyl, It’s Better to Be a Freak Than a Snob

John Corbett exposes a beautiful and dusty world forgotten but kept alive by that dying medium known as the vinyl record.

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‘Saturday Night Fever’ Casts Disco-Ball Light into America’s Dark Corners

Much like All in the Family -- which also addressed sexuality, gender roles, and race in a brutally honest manner -- Saturday Night Fever uncovers ugly truths.

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‘Stephen Stills’ Won’t Be Making an Appearance Tonight

This new biography of Stephen Stills is an entertaining and informative overview of one of rock's most durable legends -- even without Stills' input.

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Lyricists and Composers are ‘Links in a Chain’ in Absorbing ‘More Songwriters on Songwriting’

Paul Zollo's book is a satisfying sequel in which composers from Paul Simon to Sia, Elvis Costello to Loretta Lynn, discuss their creative processes.

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‘SHOT!’: A Photographic Tribute to Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Barney Clay’s doc about legendary photographer Mick Rock is a must-see for fans of glam.

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4 Apr 2017 // 2:35 AM

J. Cole: The Coronation of a Hip-Hop Underdog

J. Cole is like King David, Kanye West is like King Saul. So goes the biblical story...

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Mind-Melding Meetings Between Jesters and Kings: Elvis and Nixon, West and Trump

Where Elvis meets Nixon is the narrative of a poor boy smothered by the star-making machinery, Kanye meets Trump is a mixture of bi-polar manic depression, hubris, and misdirected energies.

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‘Song to Song’: Malick On Repeat

Terrence Malick retreads familiar motifs and themes in yet another nebulous navel-gazer.

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‘Song to Song’ Revels in the Chaos of the Austin Music Scene

With layered character development to accompany his typically arresting visuals, auteur Terrence Malick may have finally found a palatable balance between his visual and narrative poeticism.

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13 Mar 2017 // 11:00 AM

Murs - “GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)” (Singles Going Steady)

The tale Murs tells is a poignant one, painting a picture of living life in constant danger.

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These ‘70s Avant-Garde Jazz Musicians Blew Freely, Fiercely, and Reverently

These cats blew all night and day a new, astonishing page into the jazz lexicon. What they couldn't do was get gigs in jazz clubs.

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U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

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"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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