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An Englishman in the American South

Five Southern states in 11 days: scattered views from the old world.

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13 Jun 2016 // 3:00 AM

Destruction and Space: An Interview with Heron Oblivion

The heavy psych supergroup (that's half of Comets on Fire, Espers' Meg Baird and guitar wizard Charlie Saufley) makes a beautiful noise, with plenty of space for reflection and experiment.

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‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Bros’: What’s Really Scary About the New Ghostbusters’

The new Ghostbusters have to fight twice as hard to be considered half as good as the old Ghostbusters. As a recipe for heroism, it's perfect.

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Isabelle Huppert Unites the Diverse Strands of Warlikowski’s ‘Phaedra(s)’

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s characteristically idiosyncratic production reflects on the legend and legacy of Phaedra as icon – and draws much of its interest from Isabelle Huppert as icon.

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An Anatomical Dissection of Calvino’s ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler’

Postmodernism seeks to disrupt the grand narrative, and expose the artifice of writing. Dissected, its innards revealed, this resembles geometry.

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Sarah Neufeld Gets Physical With “The Ridge”

Sarah Neufeld has recorded in underground parking garages, toured with Arcade Fire, and recorded remarkable music with Colin Stetson. She's also made some superior solo recordings, and her latest, The Ridge, encourages listeners to feel the music along with her.

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The Turner Prize: A Brief Introduction to Film and Video (and Disappointment in 2016)

If we look past the ludicrous, carnival facade of The Turner Prize, the obscured film work might be less on the “outer fringes of the map of cinema” than we are led to believe.

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Helen McCrory Captivates in the National Theatre’s Revival of ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

Carrie Cracknell delivers a beautiful, sensitive and measured production of the Terence Rattigan masterpiece.

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What’s ‘Love’ Got to Do With it? Why Do Audiences Reject Sex in the Movies?

Gaspar Noé’s Love was panned in many different parts of the world because its unsimulated sex scenes defy narrative norms and take moviegoers out of the story.

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Teen Manga Tackle Tough Topics

From deafness to gender identity, teen manga offer rewarding and complex treatments of fraught issues.

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9 Jun 2016 // 2:00 AM

In Love by Default: An Interview with Band of Skulls

When you have to move out of the church you are recording in because your fans found out, that's generally a good sign that you're Band of Skulls and up to something good.

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An Anxious Eroticism: The Flesh and Machinery Grooves of Elyas Khan

Elyas Khan's sensuously-disquieting music, in his own words, is a hallucinatory event: it embodies the kind of fear, alarm and agoraphobia we sometimes feel when we've read too many headlines for the day.

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What Carmela Soprano Can Teach About Dealing With the Establishment

Carmela Soprano's compromises highlight the choices we must make to survive a stacked system.

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Shining: Blackjazz From the Band at the Edge of the World

For a band so out on a limb, so close to the edge of experimentation, to have come so close to mainstream success is a minor miracle.

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Muhammad Ali and the Day Fans Pelted the Ring With Trash

In his new book, Ali vs. Inoki, Josh Gross untangles the complicated history of the 1976 meeting of two legends -- and a failed experiment.

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7 Jun 2016 // 3:00 AM

Even the Shadow: An Interview with Porches

With a deep-seated love of both Beach House and catchy synthpop, Porches is looking to make a big splash with Pool, his new album.

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Perhaps Prince Really Did Die 4 Us

On what would have been the groundbreaking musician's 58th birthday, a reflection on his final chord.

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Who’s the Real Winner in ‘Superman vs Muhammad Ali’?

Superman is earnest and virtuous; he is the world's finest. Ali's braggadocio and poetry and strength of character are on display; he is the greatest.

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Marrow of Their Spirits: A Reflection on Agalloch

Agalloch regularly melded metaphysical ponderings into its light-and-dark sonic tapestries, yielding a catalog that’s as enticing intellectually as it is musically.

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Revisiting ‘The X-Files’: Despite the Reboot’s Flaws, Its Message Still Resonates

It's clear that laziness and short memories hold some responsibility for the reboot's critical backlash.

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The Bric-a-Brac of Games

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"In gaming generally, relevant and irrelevant objects are forever separated because mixing them up might be too confusing for the player.

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