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‘Miles Ahead’ Ponders Miles Davis’ Lost Years

Ponder this reality for a moment: Don Cheadle needs a white co-star in order to make a movie about Miles Davis.

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Time of Absence: Documenting Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’

The Life of Pablo is an ideological attack against the pop institutions that continually try to mystify art and control the artist's identity for profit.

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1 Apr 2016 // 2:00 AM

The Banjo: America’s African Instrument

Laurent Dubois' biography of one of America’s iconic folk instruments spans continents and cultures. In this excerpt, we explore the banjo's humble origins.

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Hank Williams Is Alive in ‘I Saw The Light’, But the Movie Itself Is D.O.A.

Not even game performances by its two leads can salvage a slapdash biopic that offers little insight and far too much superficial sentiment.

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‘Born To Be Blue’ Props Up the Cult of the Intuitive Genius

This film slyly suggests that even Chet Baker himself couldn’t quite work out who ‘Chet Baker: Jazz Legend’ might or should be.

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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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‘Small Town Talk’ Both Celebrates and Interrogates Woodstock’s Past

If you're looking for a true-to-life portrait of the way cultural memory evolves and is shaped within the context of a small town, this is a profound case study.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: ‘Kill Your Friends’

American Psycho heads across the pond in a fun, albeit derivative, dark comedy about a sociopathic music label A&R man in the midst of the Britpop craze.

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‘Small Town Talk’ and the Rise and Fall of Woodstock

Small Town Talk offers an in-depth look at the rise and fall of not only the town of Woodstock, but also those who made an icon of '60s idealism.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The Racket”

This episode's story isn't that interesting, but at least there's a fabulous funk man in sequins and velvet.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 3 - “Whispered Secrets”

Alice Cooper, his boa, and his guillotine show up as this week's musical cameo; really, that's about it for the third episode.

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‘Mavis!’ Puts Mavis Staples, and Her Influence on Music, Centre Stage

Even if Mavis! covers a lot of ground quickly, it offers an entertaining tribute to one hell of a performer.

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‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Is Subdued But Undeniably Affecting

The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t overwhelming at first glance, but it has a perfect, natural rhythm and flow that you don’t even notice how it sticks in your head.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 2 - “Yesterday Once More”

We continue following Richie Finestra in his Cameron Crowe-like journey of musical re-discovery, while also getting a valuable lesson in how not to talk to your boss.

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Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

Because The Life of Pablo pulls from so many parts of West's career the end result, unsurprisingly, is an absolute mess.

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The Debut Episode of ‘Vinyl’ Misses a Step With Punk

By fudging the timeline, this paean to the dangerous analog thrills of '70s New York's musical underground threatens to become Boardwalk Empire.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot”

In the pilot episode of the series, we meet Richie Finestra during the dying, final days of his record label, when his personal demons take on that devil's music in a fight for Finestra's soul.

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9 Feb 2016 // 3:00 AM

Kent Finlay, Dreamer

Cheatham Street Warehouse founder Finlay was one of the world’s best-known and best-loved promoters, mentors, and gurus of Texas music.

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‘Take Me to the River’, Please

This promising documentary about the past and future of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta music scene is overcrowded with too many captains who steer the boat aground.

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August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Gets a Vibrant National Theatre Revival

Charismatic performances from O-T Fagbenle and Sharon D Clarke ignite Dominic Cooke’s major revival of August Wilson’s play at the National Theatre.

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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

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"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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