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by Cynthia Fuchs

15 Mar 2011


Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-winning documentary is as crucial now as when it was made, nearly 40 years ago. Nominally a documentary about the 1973 strike by Kentucky mineworkers, Harlan County U.S.A. observes a way of life in transition. As miners and their families protest unconscionably dangerous working conditions, they find a collective purpose and voice. At the same time, the film itself becomes integral to these 180 families’ experiences, as they come to see the usefulness of being filmed and being so visible. With multiple focuses on the community’s resilience and faith, humility and intelligence, with scenes on the picket line and in meetings conducted by wives and daughters, it illustrates the toughness of a long-lived, deeply meaningful culture, manifest in music and dialogue and dress. Working together, the film crew and the community made history.

The screening tonight, which closes Stranger Than Fiction‘s Winter Season, is followed by a Q&A with Kopple.

See PopMattersreview.

by Jessy Krupa

14 Mar 2011


The start of the fall season brought a lot of new shows to television, but there were also cancellations and other news events.

TV-related news takes a serious turn, as a deranged man created a hostage situation at the Discovery Communications Building. He threatened network employees with pistols and a explosive device until policemen shot and killed him.

 

by Timothy Gabriele

14 Mar 2011


Sculpture paints the turntable as a roulette wheel as a rotary phone as infinite other things as the hypnotic spinning plates drive sensory overload into your frontal lobe. The music by Dan Hayhurst is an unstable mix of percussive loops and ramshackle found sound completely in line with the visuals. It’s pretty bold to call your outfit Sculpture, but in this case it seems pretty apt.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

14 Mar 2011


As anticipation for TV on the Radio’s latest LP, Nine Types of Light, gets heavier by the day, the band recently threw the world another musical bone in the form of “Caffeinated Consciousness”, doing little to alleviate expectations. With a back-breaking riff that brings to mind vintage Living Colour, the track resides in a decidedly different timbre than that of first single, “Will Do”. Type your email address into the widget below to receive a free high quality mp3 download.

In other news, we now have complete dates for the band’s upcoming world tour, which kicks off March 17-19 at the SXSW Festival. Various appearances include the Wireless Festival in London (July 3) as well as a headlining gig at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17) to wrap things up. See all the shows after the jump.

 

by Hunter Hauk - The Dallas Morning News (MCT)

10 Mar 2011


Lady Gaga is back, touring with her Monster Ball extravaganza. This time, she’s armed with a much-talked-about new single, “Born This Way,” which is sure to be a highlight of her updated set list.

We’ve seen her Grammy performance and off-the-wall music video, and we’ve debated the song’s possibly purposeful aping of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” But how does it compare — in both effectiveness and cheesiness — to other self-empowerment anthems that have come before it? Read on.

Hunter Hauk - The Dallas Morning News (MCT)

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