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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
Some players think it’s the worst yet. Lead designer Nick Davidson thinks quite the opposite. In a strange way, they are both right.

In a recent interview with Polygon, Magic 2015’s lead designer Nick Davidson called the latest entry in the Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise, “the best Magic experience that you’re going to get at that price point pretty much in history.” Hundreds of fans on Steam, Metacritic, and a variety of forums might have something to say about that grandiose statement. Since its launch earlier this month, the game has received a heavy dose of criticism. Some players think it’s the worst yet. Davidson thinks quite the opposite. In a strange way, they are both right.


Let’s take a step back. For those unfamiliar with Magic the Gathering, it is a tabletop card game that has stayed alive for more than twenty years. Even today, the game has a massive audience, young and old alike, thanks in no small part to a fantastically designed system that has withstood the test of time. This beautiful system, the artful construction of decks and ingenious play, is still the glistening diamond at the head of Magic 2015. Despite its transition into the digital space, when you put your deck together, planning and imagining all the card combinations and synergies together and then take it for a glorious spin, you can see it. This is, hands down, a great game.


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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
As Queens of the Stone Age wrapped up a North American tour, the band performed at smaller theaters like the famed Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

I hadn’t realized that Queens of the Stone Age had as hardcore of a following as Soundgarden or Pearl Jam but I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find a line of folks waiting to get to the rail in the general admission pit going around the corner of The Capitol Theatre. The band’s tour on the backs of ...Like Clockwork, which was released in 2013, has included shows at venues of all sizes at least in the New York area. Around the album launch, QotSA did a small private show at the small Brooklyn Masonic Temple and then later dropped by the Barclays Center for a sold-out arena show. So seeing them visit smaller theaters at the end of a tour run was a nice treat and it meant fans would want to line up to get up close and claim Josh Homme before the band trekked off to Europe for shows.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Stay tuned to the @PopMatters Twitter tomorrow at 4.00 pm EST as we do a live Twitter session about James Brown and the new biopic celebrating his career, Get on Up. We will be handing out prizes, including $100 iTunes cards.

PopMatters has teamed up with Universal Pictures to celebrate their upcoming release Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. 


James Brown empowered a generation of activists with his anthem “Say It Loud”. We’re tasking fans to salute the Godfather of Soul and his lasting impact on social culture and popular music by sharing your thoughts about his music and legacy using #SayItLoud on Twitter.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Bastille, one of PopMatters' favorite new artists, recently appeared on SNL comedian Vanessa Bayer's web series, Sound Advice with Jenna Slater.

Bastille, the British epic pop sensation, made an impressive statement in 2013 with its debut Bad Blood. Following two incredible and creative cover mixtapes in 2012, Other People’s Heartache and Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 2, the band lived up to the promise hinted at by its early work, dominating world airwave with tunes like the stadium-ready “Pompeii”.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) have dropped a cut from their forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, "Blockbuster Night Part 1".

Last year, Run the Jewels, the hip-hop duo consisting of El-P and Killer Mike, released its self-titled debut as a free download. Not but a year later, the duo is ready to make a statement yet again, and have announced a sequel, titled Run the Jewels 2, for an upcoming release.


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