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Rock in a Hard Place is a sober chronicling of music in some of the most conservative countries on the planet.

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The Flipside #6: Spectre

Spectre attempts to unify classic Bond camp with the grittiness of the Daniel Craig 007 films. Can anything be salvaged from the resulting mess?

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Tori Amos Finally Lets Her ‘80s Flag Unfurl and Reissues “Y Kant Tori Read” After Three Decades

As she prepares the high-profile release of her new studio album Native Invader, Tori Amos sneaks out her almost forgotten '80s debut that has been officially unavailable for three decades: Y Kant Tori Read.

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‘Television Antiheroines’: Wherein Women Stake Their Claim to Darkness and Desperation

An examination of the changing political/ sexual/ power roles of women in international television crime and prison drama, from The Sopranos through Orange is the New Black.

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The Pleasure Is in the Hunt: Tomas Leach, Director of Documentary ‘The Lure’

"There’s a beauty... about the fact that we can wholeheartedly throw our selves into something, even if we think the end thing might be impossible, futile or non-existent."

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This is why Paul Simon's songs of darkness, bridges, and boxers still matter in these troubling times.

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Technology Is the Servant of the Human Beings: The OMD Interview

At the turn of the postmodern era, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was on top of the world. They were the cutting edge of pop music, whether they hate to admit it or not.

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The Rest Is Silence: Why 1967’s Tribal Rock Musical ‘Hair’ Resonates in These Times

Americans may have been "letting the sun shine in" for the past 50 years, but now the burning sensation is out of control. Revisiting Hair serves as a salve.

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Ever Wish You Could Go into a Parallel World? Todd Tucker on ‘The Terror of Hallow’s Eve’

For those who have been bullied, revenge fantasy The Terror of Hallow's Eve may prove cathartic.

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How Hollywood Saved Itself (Again) at the Summer 2017 Box Office

The Summer Box Office of 2017 does not represent the death of the Hollywood. It simply represents the changing face of Hollywood accounting.

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The Clark Kent of Jazz: Bassist Ben Allison on His Latest, ‘Layers of the City’

Bassist and composer Ben Allison may be the most unassuming man in jazz, but his music is unique and brilliant. He talks with jazz critic Will Layman about finding his sound.

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Forget fresh breath, bonbons breed bon mots.

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In Praise of Homeboys: An Interview with the Kasai Allstars

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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

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"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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