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Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville

While some might think of country music as a repository of nostalgia, Hill argues that the genre is successful because its songs and its people address social and cultural issues as well as geographic change.

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Time Only Makes the Cult Grow Stronger: Kids in the Hall’s ‘Brain Candy’

Brain Candy is considered the "darkest" chapter in Kids in the Hall's story. But dark is a part of their comedy and their appeal, so now's a good time to look at this film in a new light.

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Always Cry 4 Love, Never Cry 4 Pain: Prince’s 30-year ‘Parade’

On Parade, Prince allows an openness to ideas and collaboration to a degree he’d never experienced before, and it brings out the best in him.

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Driving a Spaceship Through Futuristic Jungles with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

In EARS, Smith plays a Buchla 100 and other synthetic keyboards to match the futuristic movie that runs through her mind.

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Greetings From the Third World: Revisiting Sepultura’s Genre-Changing ‘Roots’

Sepultura blew the doors open on our definitions of metal and so-called "world music", effectively creating a whole new paradigm. We haven't heard anything quite like it since.

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How to Recover From the Batman v. Superman Debacle: An Open Letter to Warner Bros.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting trashed. How can DC and Warner Bros. recover from this debacle? PopMatters' comics and movie scholar can help.

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Distorted Reality and the Art of Magic: An Interview with the Besnard Lakes

"We're not really witches and warlocks," explains Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes. He does, however, profess an awareness of what he calls a "secret underworld" beneath the surface of everyday consciousness.

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Clouds, Thunder, and the Narrative of Structure: An Interview With Pinkshinyultrablast

Though thematic clashes of good and evil are entertaining, Pinkshinyultrablast acknowledge that structure has its importance when carving their dreamy tracks.

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Effortless Deliciousness: The ‘Bite Me’ Sisters Have Got It Licked

With Lick Your Plate, their latest cookbook, these sisters endeavour to bring meals humming with deliciousness and humor to your table.

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The Cure: Ranking the Albums From 13 to 1

With their first tour in years, now is the perfect time to review the sterling catalog of one of the most substantive and influential bands of the last 40 years.

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Stewart/Colbert Effect: Colbert Trumps Fallon in Trump Interview

In the school of late night, Stephen Colbert's the class clown and Jimmy Fallon's the student body president.

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The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention

Paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age.

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Death Tripping Tibetan Style With Gaspar Noé‘s ‘Enter the Void’

Reaching for the ultimate psychedelic experience, director Gaspar Noé found The Tibetan Book of the Dead, but did he know what he found when he crafted Enter the Void?

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Marit Larsen on the Power of Nordic Pop Music and How to Cultivate a Cult Audience

Marit Larsen is the hyper-talented Nordic pop heroine that many should-be fans in North America have yet to discover.

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Why They Fight: A Brief History of Batman Battling Superman

Over the course of any relationship, especially ones that last three quarters of a century, there's bound to be some friction, some tension and some overall sour times.

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Was Frederick Douglass America’s First Media-savvy Political Activist?

The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.

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Patrick Modiano’s Powerful Glimpse Into the Spirit of Paris

Young Once and In the Cafe of Lost Youth offer a concentrated sense of both the immensity of space and density of meaning that defines Paris.

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23 Mar 2016 // 1:59 AM

Gracie Allen for President!

The Comedian's 1940 Surprise Party brought America much needed unwise wisdom and foggy acuity.

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The Threat Down: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Ten Biggest Controversies

Although Stewart and Colbert both ended their runs with their reputations largely intact, one can't forget the duo's most controversial moments. This is the "Threat Down" Count Down.

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The Brazen Age: New York City and the American Empire: Politics, Art, and Bohemia

In this excerpt of David Reid's rich and thorough history of New York City, 1945 -1950, we read of Albert Camus' first impression of the city as “a hideous, inhuman city" of "violent light".

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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