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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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Gaming Whiplash and the Tragedy of Expectations

Looking back at games like Mirror's Edge or The Wind Waker it seems that when video games offer unexpected experiences, the results are not always pleasant.

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

On "Love Lockdown", 808s & Heartbreak reaches its glorious pinnacle in a way hip-hop rarely succeeds.

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

On "Amazing", Kanye West creates a whole new level of crazy with his willingness to travel deep inside his own madness.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Heartless”

On "Heartless", Kanye West exemplifies his will to both write great pop harmonies and hip-hop that manages to still be successful and poignant.

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Robyn Writhes in an Empty Gym While Pleading to “Call Your Girlfriend”

The video for Robyn‘s truly magnificent track (possibly the best from Body Talk, vol.3) is a simple one-take video where we see the electro

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Welcome to Heartbreak”

"Welcome to Heartbreak" is the most underrated valuable song on 808s & Heartbreak. Here, West separates himself from every other rapper alive by utilizing the simplicity of heartbreak in such a poignant manner.

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Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We’d Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Say You Will”

The focus of this latest Between the Grooves series is hip-hop superstar Kanye West's moody Auto-Tune-heavy opus, 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In this first installment, Colin McGuire explains why “Say You Will” is not just a great song, but also a great way to begin a trip into the mind of West himself

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30 May 2011 // 9:58 PM

Scarlet Season: The Taxidermist

Scarlet Season falls flat with The Taxidermist, resorting to cheesy metaphors and cliché angst-rock beats.

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25 May 2011 // 10:00 PM

Amon Tobin: ISAM

After four years of work, Amon Tobin returns with the most forward-thinking electronic album you're likely to hear for quite some time: the stunning ISAM.

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21 Apr 2011 // 5:04 AM

The Year In TV: November 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in November 2010.

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The Trio of Oz: The Trio of Oz

Not the Wizard, but the Trio. Popular rock tunes translated into drums, piano, and bass. There's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz…

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26 Jan 2011 // 9:56 PM

Jimmy Edgar: XXX

Three ways to tell if taking your production to the 1980s is a bad idea: (1) you'll sound like a robot; (2) your compositions will become too jittery; and (3) your music will sound like a parody.

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Cheyenne Marie Mize: Before Lately

Vulnerable but never rebuffed, this Kentucky singer navigates the extremes.

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24 Jan 2011 // 9:56 PM

Christina Martin: I Can Too

Vocal excellence and musical craftsmanship combine for the front end of this powerhouse's album.

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‘Michael Jackson’s Vision’ Into the Future

The Moonwalker's short films are brought together here in a single collection. Are you still down with Michael? Are you down? Are you bad?!

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22 Dec 2010 // 4:30 AM

The Year in Music: March 2010

Records were broken and notable songs were released in March 2010, which is the latest focus of our look at the year’s biggest events in

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11 Nov 2010 // 6:34 AM

The Top Ten Pop Culture Podcasts

The exhilarating world of podcasting opens up new opportunities for pop culture analysis in the relatively young medium. Here is a list of ten particularly rewarding podcasts covering the worlds of film, television, music, and literature.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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"Another stand-alone episode, but there's still plenty to discuss in the Supernatural world.

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