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January 2014 K-Pop Roundup

It was a big month K-pop, with comebacks from Rain, TVXQ, B1A4, Dal*Shabet, AOA, Girl's Day, and more, as well as premieres by Rainbow Blaxx, Kiss&Cry, and others. If these songs are anything to go by, 2014 is going to be another big year for the Korean musical style.

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Baiting the Hook

Indie games like Rain have all the hallmarks of the video game as an artistic experience, and Brad Galloway of GameCritics has been kind enough to sum up what I have realized I have been thinking about games of this sort with a single word "critic-bait."

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Rain: Rain

Recorded in 1971, the Philadelphian quartet's album is one of those instances when collectors of obscure vinyl are correct -- this is worth seeking out.

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Rain: Rain

Another lone release from coulda-been contenders in the power pop/prog vein quashed by an ignorant label in 1971.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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Joe Jackson: Rain

The eclectic pianist/songwriter delivers a treat -- ten perfectly crafted pop songs that recall his best work or maybe are his best work.

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