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Rarely one to break form, Woody Allen is releasing yet another film about the existential angst of the middle class’ oddballs. Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey, tells the story of a philosophy professor (Phoenix) who, after falling into a slump in his personal life and career, finds inspiration in the buoyant presence of one of his students (Stone).

With psych and krautrock influences aplenty, Mondo Drag’s self-titled full-length, their first for the Los Angeles label RidingEasy Records, is one hazy good time. The band’s psychedelic bonafides, more than apparent in the music of Mondo Drag, has already been established through the music of the retro rock/metal outfit Blues Pills, which features many of the same band members. Swirling, mind-numbing textures meld with the swagger of classic rock—the Rolling Stones in particular—in this potent sonic brew.

Following their performances of “Ghost Ship” and “Song 2” from the Music Hall of Williamsburg, which PopMatters shared yesterday, Blur have made available two other video performances from that gig, in addition to a brief interview with the band. In the interview, Blur explain what it is that makes small shows so special for them, as well as their experience with the city of Brooklyn.

The Light, the new album by Austin, Texas natives Uncle Lucius, has been described as occupied with the “themes of travel, movement, and quests without destinations.” The tune “Don’t Own the Right”, however, features a message that you can and indeed should carry with you no matter where you travel to, no matter your destination. Over a honky-tonk piano and countrified guitar playing, frontman Kevin Galloway spins lyrical threads about the importance of being honest about one’s own standards for himself and others.

A true transcontinental affair, Spun, the latest LP by the Greek folk musician Moa Bones (aka Dimitris Aronis), reeks of dust, tumbleweeds, and the cawing of desert crows. From the sound of his music, Moa Bones sounds like he was born and raised in a John Ford film, but his actual home is Greece, where he crafts his distinct take on American music. Spun is being billed as containing “extracts of a five-year mini autobiography”; for one such extract, check out the dusky noir of “Take It All Away”, which you can stream exclusively below.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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