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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 5 - “He in Racist Fire”

Kip struggles to find the balance between image and music, while Richie whores out his wife to sign an act in an episode that highlights the age-old battle between genitals and brains.

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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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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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29 Mar 2016 // 12:12 PM

Sturgill Simpson - “In Bloom” (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson successfully covers Nirvana by lowering the intensity, which somehow deepens the impact.

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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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Vacationing in Style With ‘Youth’

Jumping from crescendo to crescendo, Sorrentino hits all the high notes in his bombastically entertaining comedy/drama.

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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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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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So Pitted - “holding the void / the sickness” (Singles Going Steady)

Wire meets the Fluid on the most postmodern release Sub Pop has offered thus far.

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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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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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