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In "First We Take Manhattan", Leonard Cohen recognized the shared appeal of extremism in politics and art as the allure of power.

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The Shammasian Brothers, Directors of ‘The Pyramid Texts’, Ponder Authorship in Film

Converting a monologue to film, even from a text so "perfect" as Geoff Thompson's The Pyramid Texts, raises interesting questions about authorship.

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T Bone Burnett: Don’t Let the Form Distract You From the Content

Lloyd Sachs explores the life, times, and endless journeys of singer-songwriter-musician T Bone Burnett.

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Passing Masters of Jazz: Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell

Jazz long ago lost its early geniuses of swing and bebop. Now masters from the '70s and onward are starting to pass, too. Remembering Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell.

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Hard Fun in Gaming: On Finding the Sweet Spot in Anxiety

As gamers, we frequently contrive artificial difficulty to foster enjoyment.

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Each Song Is a Thought, Flying Across the Ocean for Do Make Say Think’s Charles Spearin

Charles Spearin discusses the themes and processes behind Do Make Say Think's latest album Stubborn Persistent Illusions.

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For the dance-rock titans, the grooves evolve but the dance remains the same. Rock's most consistent group hits another one out of the park.

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‘Twin Peaks’: Flame Wars, Walk With Me

On 22 May, Twin Peaks returns; unfortunately, so does everything else that surrounds any significant pop culture text. This is how it will go.

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Performing Bestiality: Beauties and Beasts in Tamil Cinema

Middle of the road Kollywood’s strange obsession with bestiality through the ‘Stockholm syndrome’ demands attention.

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Resist, Artfully: On the Subversive but Compromised Role of Art

In a world stripped of enjoyment -- a fractured existence broken on the wheel of pointless progress, determined domination, and wasteful and wasted work -- pleasure becomes the most determinate form of rebellion and liberation.

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Sign of the Times: An Interview With Miami Horror

Emerging from the Australian electronic-pop revival with the likes of Neon Indian and Kimbra, Miami Horror move from the personal to the imaginative in pastel-bright fashion.

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8 May 2017 // 2:30 AM

Midnight Oil’s Time Has Come Again

Midnight Oil taught me that citizens not only need a soundtrack for resistance, but we also need to resist.

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The Reluctant Superhero: The Guilty Walk of David Banner

The Incredible Hulk offered a number of metaphors for both post-war guilt and issues of white masculinity.

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‘Farewell to Europe’: An Interview With Director Maria Schrader

Understated, unorthodox, and effortlessly multicultural, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is a must-see for anyone interested in the intersections of politics and film.

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Jay Farrar Talks Pedal Steel Guitar, Open Tunings, and Jerry Garcia

Son Volt's Jay Farrar opens up about the impetus of the new album, another new record about a half a year out, and how Tom Brumley and Ralph Mooney are probably his favorites on the pedal steel guitar.

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American Gun Culture and the Political Aesthetics of Keith Maitland’s ‘Tower’

Tower seeks to awake us from our ideological slumber by returning us to the first mass school shooting in modern US history. Are we awake, yet?

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Fyre Festival Is an Argument for Higher Taxes—on the Rich

Every day elite policymakers throughout America make the same arrogant blunders as the Fyre Festival organizers did, and their mistakes can be seen in a drive through most inner cities.

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On Wanting Sly Stone to Take Us Higher Yet Again

Sly Stone was one of the first audacious badasses of modern black pop music, a hero and then an anti-hero to millions.

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The Graduate’s Alienation, Anger, and Uncertainty Resonates for College Kids Today

This is a film about impressions, suggestions, passive-aggressive bitterness and anger that never shows its face until the last scene.

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New York Minute, Hollywood Moment: An Interview With Actor David Labiosa

"In 1980, I was a Hispanic in a lead role on television. It was a big deal." The veteran of the acting business for 40 years relates a wealth of memories working in the Hollywood industry.

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Slowdive Sell Out Brooklyn and Release Bonus Song "30th June"

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"Although sound issues delayed their set on the second night, Slowdive put on an unforgettable show in Brooklyn, or rather two shows.

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