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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
The film is a remarkable portrait, convincing and performative, insistent and expressive, and ever incomplete.

“Never believe you’ve played your last hand,” instructs Jean Marc Calvet. “Never believe it’s too late, never believe that things will never work out.” Under his voiceover, you see Calvet walking into the frame, in slow motion. His sunglasses obscure his eyes, his bald head and hoop earrings overwhelming as he fills the frame, obscuring the traffic behind him.


As an introduction to the French-Nicaraguan painter, these first few moments of Calvet suggest his intensity, his determination, his capacity for self-reflection, They are also the last moment in Dominic Allan’s movie that moves so slowly, literally. From here on out, the pace is propulsive, as Calvet takes you on a journey through his past, passing by his present, and into his possible future. And the camera does its best to keep up with him.


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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
On Light Up Your Lantern, Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Lynx comes up with a new album that's steeped in tradition at the same time it advances homespun innovation.

On Light Up Your Lantern, Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Lynx comes up with a new album that’s steeped in tradition at the same time it advances homespun innovation. Premiering here on PopMatters, Light Up Your Lantern evokes the immediacy of guitar-based folk music, only given more scale and texture with electronic elements that add depth and energy. It’s a play of contrasts that works well, as Lynx takes a familiar, time-tested approach and updates it with a sense of flair that’s current and vital.


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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
Celebrating John Lennon’s 73rd birthday with songs from famous friends.

On October 9th, 1940, one of the world’s most beloved musicians was born. Amongst the millions of people who are fans of John Lennon, many notable musicians have shown their devotion through music. Most of these loving tributes are sung by his closest friends, while the others are by average, everyday rockstars who simply loved the man and his music.


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Friday, Oct 4, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Slavoj Zizek talks about his role as the "most dangerous philosopher in the West" and fears his own Stalinist tendencies.

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Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013
by Emily Hearn
Beguiling singer-songwriter Emily Hearn tells us all about her new EP in her own words.

Below are the inspirations from my life that grew into songs. Each one is a piece of my heart, but I also believe that from time to time you might have felt the same way. So enjoy reading about the roots of these songs, but I would love it even more if they grew to mean something more meaningful in your own life.


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