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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
The UK group Dry the River strips down its anthemic indie rock sound for a cozy performance for Sofar New York City.

Last August, PopMatters premiered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album Alarms in the Heart by the United Kingdom band Dry the River. Unsurprisingly, the group’s sweeping and anthemic brand of indie rock has started to take a hold on crowds across the world, as captured in the music video for the band’s newest single, “Rollerskate”.


For the below performance of the track “Vessel”, however, this quintet strips things down, taking on a mostly acoustic setup. The result is a lovely performance highlighted by gorgeous piano chords and lead vocalist Peter Liddle’s Bon Iver-esque delivery.


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
This quietly kinky and off-the-wall horror flick is one of the late, great Boris Karloff's last times in front of a camera.

“Aren’t you overdoing the local color bit?” asks a pretty woman of the French reporter as he poses a mute housekeeper in picturesque Spanish peasant garb before a log on the beach. The answer is “yes”, but you work with what you’ve got, and this American-Spanish co-production had four things to its credit.


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
From keeping up with the latest musical events to spending hours poring over a great e-book, the lightning-fast Samsung Galaxy Tab S has all of your needs covered.

Counting the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S 5 smartphones as its bretheren, Samsung‘s Galaxy Tab S marks a sharp streamlining of the tablet device. In a day and age where the faster the digital access, the better, Tab S has all of one’s needs covered right in the palm of her hands, and at zippy speeds, to boot. The device’s nine hours of battery life mean that one can truly utilize this device on the go with comfort, without worrying about needing to be by a source of power. With its Full HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S is a stunning window to experience the digital world through.


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
This show embraced its reputation for the weird and the strange, but it's storytelling methods are among the messiest in television.

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story made its debut during the midst of the post-Twilight craze of serialized-supernatural dramas (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, etc.). The program was a startling in its change of tone to those who followed Murphy, fresh off the success of Glee at the time. The series was conceived as a highly-serialized anthology that would essentially reset its setting, cast, and focus each season.


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
In which the author suggests that the new Lara Croft might be the best example of androgyny in gaming.

Last weekend, I played the board game Bora Bora, designed by Stefan Feld, whose game Castles of Burgundy is one of my favorite board games of recent years. Bora Bora is a Eurogame, which for those that run in board game circles know usually indicates a carefully balanced game with a low running time and probably no dice (though this game actually does use dice). Eurogames are also frequently economic development games that ask players to collect resources and develop an engine to drive an economy. They are also known for their wooden pieces, which often represent resources and people.


People themselves often serve as a kind of resource in Eurogames, since frequently the limited size of a population in such a game determines what jobs can be assigned and what then can be produced on a given turn. As far as people go in Eurogames, like many things in the genre, they are mostly abstracted concepts. They represent the ability to implement an action or to produce a particular good. They represent “work” itself and have little to no personal identity in general. Indeed one of the more general identity markers assigned to human beings, their gender identity, is rarely a concern in Eurogames.


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