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“The Marketplace Is a Greater Democracy Than the Political Arena”

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man may be the most important book of 2016, since reading it is like getting a top secret state department debriefing on world affairs.

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9 Mar 2016 // 3:30 AM

‘Jessica Jones’ and Gendered Forms of Seeing

It’s alarming that Jessica Jones' expressions of self-control and autonomy play into rather than controvert the pedophilic misogyny she fights in the form of Kilgrave.

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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: The Rise of Toronto’s Nixxon

Redressing the issues of a troubled past, Toronto's Nixxon, a one-time musical associate of the Weeknd, cuts his own swath with the release of his new album -- a gothic-futurist exercise in R&B.

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“I’m Every Bit the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent That You Are”: Exploring Opposing Masculinities

The struggle of a man keeping his monstrous aggression in check has been played out many times in Whedon's work, not least the conflicted men in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Corn in the USA: Hee Haw, Buck Owens and You

Whether he wanted it to be or not Hee Haw was the vehicle that imprinted Buck Owens into the minds of millions of music lovers around the globe.

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“The Rules of RNDM”: An Interview with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament

RNDM bassist Jeff Ament discusses their new album GHOST RIDING and he offers insight into his creative processes and expresses pride in touring with Pearl Jam.

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Tomorrow Belongs to Me: “Freedom’s Call”, Donald Trump and Propaganda

When you see and hear a group of children in star-spangled cheerleader outfits lip-syncing the words “Cowardice! Are you serious?” to an EDM reworking of the 1917 patriotic song “Over There”, that is the moment you should wake up.

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“A Bit of Organization and a Lot of Patience”: An Interview with M. Ward

When not being the Him in She & Him or producing for the likes of Mavis Staples, M. Ward just keeps puttin' out solo albums, collaborating with friends, and remaining cryptic as ever.

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Defending Chicago’s ‘Defender’

It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.

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A Contract With the Devil (and Other Monsters): Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

House of Cards is less a political series and more of an invasion narrative representing some of America's worst fears.

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What’s So Offensive About ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’?

With its thoroughly unlikeable characters, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia helps us highlight and acknowledge our own prejudices and blind spots.

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However Living Better Now: An Interview with Rob Crow

Rob Crow of Pinback talks with PopMatters about the music industry, getting in shape, sleeping at night, and returning to the road with new group Rob Crow's Gloomy Place.

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The Bad and the Beautiful: B-Horrors Go Blu

Surrounded by faceless men, stone men, and brainless men, the mesmerizing "Queen of Blood" belongs in her own class.

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Watching People Play: An Introduction to Board Game Videography

Doug Mann offers a brief introduction to the best video reviews and playthroughs of board games available on YouTube and Vimeo.

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The Triumphant Emptiness of Snarky Puppy

If an iTunes library on shuffle needed a house band, Snarky Puppy would be it.

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1 Mar 2016 // 3:00 AM

‘Show Me a Hero’ and I’ll Write You a Springsteen Song

Show Me a Hero's brilliant use of Springsteen’s music deepens both the characterization of the series’ central characters and the situations in which they are embroiled.

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The Most Unintentionally Terrifying “Love Songs” Ever Written

From Van Halen to Dean Martin, some of the world's most beloved "love" songs are actually hideously sinister when you dig just below the surface.

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I Want You to Give Me Enough Time: An Interview with Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean's bassist Julia Cumming explains why NYC's hottest band won’t "cater to the super-snobby purist music world".

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Bound to Meet the Devil: An Interview With Soul Singer Extraordinaire Julie Rhodes

Two years ago, Rhodes was working at an ice cream parlor. Now, she's on the verge of releasing her debut album, an 11-track opus of powerhouse Americana and blues with grit and political edge.

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35 Years of Best Original Song: The Conflux of Music and Cinema from Oscar’s Perspective

We take a look back at all the Best Original Song winners and nominees from 1980 through today to see who won, who should have won, and who were snubbed completely.

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