Recent Features

22 Sep 2015 // 7:04 AM

“I Love Going Crazy in My Songs”: A Conversation with Julia Holter

"I write with a character in mind. I just let myself write whatever comes out without it necessarily being directly a translation of what I'm aware that I'm feeling, you know?"

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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“Mise en Abyme”: DJ Spooky on the Recursive Loops of Culture

DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation is a "destabilizing" remix of D.W. Griffith's original propagandist film, performed by Kronos Quartet. Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) shares the evolution of the film's relevance and his unique take on how life imitates art.

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18 Sep 2015 // 5:59 AM

For Kicks: An Interview with Metric

They went from beloved electro-indie lovers to a chart-topping act running their own label. Pagans in Vegas is their latest disc, but the stories behind it indicate where they are and the fascinating places they're going.

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‘Mr. Robot’ Is the Only Show for the Here and Now

After just a single season Mr.Robot has established itself as the show most in touch with the new wave of television drama.

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“It’s Supposed to Be Weird”: An Interview with CocoRosie

CocoRosie's auditory and semiotic mashups confused and upset people. Time has softened some of the criticism. Or, more likely, the Casadys have held a singular worldview long enough earn respect from those who first viewed the project as a trifle.

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L’Heure d’été: Osheaga 2015

Montreal's Osheaga Festival has quickly become the best destination festival in North America, during which the city pops with music, art, and culture.

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Fighting the Battles of ‘Jericho’, the Show That Came Tumbling Down

Jericho wore the influence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on its sleeve, but that didn't protect it.

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Free Agent of Sound: An Interview with Rob Mazurek

The heralded avant-jazz great Rob Mazurek speaks of space operas, working through grief with music, and, of course, the singularity.

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How Should We Respond to Terrorism?

After the Paris Attacks is a collection of research that moves away from the US to look at Canadian and European debates over terrorism.

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Careful Planning and Prolonged Mutation: An Interview with Battles

Drummer John Stanier speaks out about the ins and outs of the band's raw (and entirely instrumental) new album La Di Da Di and why their live show is so important.

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“Sound Is Our Weapon”: Protest Music and Black Lives Matter

"Hell You Talmbout" and "Cry No More" are a new kind of protest song that reintroduces traditional minimalism and congregational singing into this contemporary moment.

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Beyond Dramatic Irony: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and the Nature of the Prequel

What happens when we don't just know something the character doesn't, we actually know how their world will end?

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The Next Level of Global Citizen: An Interview With Global Poverty Project’s Justine Lucas

The Global Poverty Project's crown jewel is the Global Citizen Festival but the organization works year round to get commitments from politicians and actions from citizens.

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X-Men ex nihilo? The Secret Origins of Marvel’s Mutant Superheroes

When Kirby and Lee introduced the X-Men to the world, they did so without recourse to that staple of the superhero genre, the origin story. That doesn't mean that the mutant superheroes arose ex nihilo, however. They clearly have roots in these four classic sci-fi novels.

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The “Dom”-inant Strain: Dom Bouffard’s Manifold Sounds

A writer and musician of diverse works, Dom Bouffard discusses his evolution from punk-rocker to sound-art composer.

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The Rest Is Senseless: A Conversation With Citizen John Lydon

With a new PiL album and an autobiography out, the former Johnny Rotten looks back on his 59 years, calling them "strange" with "a serious learning curve" in his earliest days.

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“The Cracks Are There But the Light Shines Through”: An Interview with Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim has been touring and recording his entire adult life, but sobriety, surviving a rough breakup, and living in a big pink house have informed what may be his most acclaimed album yet.

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Craven, Freddy, and That Dream in Your Head

Wes Craven let Freddy Krueger into our world. With the director now departed, what remains of his monster in our minds?

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The Enemy Is Everywhere: The Top 10 Titus Andronicus Songs

The definitive ranking of the 10 best songs from the first decade of New Jersey's own Post-Modern Lovers.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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