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Dope Opera: Azeem Talks with PopMatters About His West Coast Hip-Hop Classic, ‘Garage Opera’

In 1999, Azeem recorded his underground classic Garage Opera, hip-hop's equivalent of garage rock.

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Do You Want to Be Dead or a Monster?: An Interview With Jen Goma

While known for work in A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Jen "Showtime" Goma surprised even herself by going solo and embracing all the craziness that comes with it.

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Truth ≠ Clarity: Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’ and the Melancholy of Discovery

Blow-Up taunts its viewers with a significance that never manifests, a Truth that always recedes.

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11 Jul 2017 // 2:30 AM

Christopher Willits Is Enveloped in Spherical Sound

Ambient composer Christopher Willits wants to surround you in sound that comes from every direction. He talks with us about spatial audio, his latest album, Horizon, and the healing power of music.

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The Highway Is for Gamblers: Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen Take a One-way Trip

How Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen traveled out of a small town towards the great unknown.

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#EverythingGetsAThumbsUp: How Avidity Has Overtaken American Culture

An oh-so-brief and intentionally broad characterization of American life in these times of the Avidity Epidemic.

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Observe and Report: The Ethics of ‘Cameraperson’

Cameraperson is observational in ways both purer and more complex than much of what appears in documentaries edited to appear as objective works.

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In ‘The Big Sick’ and Other Films, Zoe Kazan Evolves the Rom-Com From Within

In a film world where the old-school romantic comedy scarcely exists, Zoe Kazan's recent entries to the genre stand as tests of empathy and feminism.

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Alan Alda’s ‘If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?’

Alan Alda wonders, could scientists become more personable and available if they studied the art of improvisation?

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Prince’s Classic Finally Expanded: The Deluxe ‘Purple Rain’ Reissue

Over a year after Prince's stunning death, Warner Bros. offers the first ever expanded edition of the classic Purple Rain. How can something be so amazing and so frustrating at the same time?

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30 Jun 2017 // 7:00 AM

The Flipside #1: Oasis’ ‘Heathen Chemistry’ Turns 15

PopMatters' newest column kicks off with a reappraisal of the Oasis album time forgot: Heathen Chemistry, which turns 15 this July. Although the album was widely maligned upon its release, we dare to ask about this songbird: maybe it's good?

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A Soulful Escape: An Interview With Júníus Meyvant

Icelandic folk artist Júníus Meyvant re-released his debut Floating Harmonies today in America and recently performed his first NYC show.

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Punky Rock The Kids Would Want to Listen To: An Interview with Talay (& Live Acoustic Song)

Talented singer-songwriter Talay is very active in the NYC music scene and has just released her second EP. She sat down with PopMatters for a chat and a live performance.

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Lars von Trier’s Not So Manic ‘Nymphomaniac’

Much to my surprise, Von Trier’s provocation in the Nymphomaniac films is neither abhorrent nor bawdy.

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The Cure’s Pornographic Cure: Bittersweet Relief

The Cure's Pornography is so much more than just the ponderously murky, suicide-inducing effort it's often made out to be.

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‘Le Trou’: The Escape Film Under the Microscope

In this classic escape film, Jacques Becker demonstrates that true freedom resides in endeavor.

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Bang Bang Bang to the Beat: Edgar Wright on His Musical Approach to Action in Baby Driver

Edgar Wright and Ansel Elgort break down their fresh approach to action in the musically driven, pop-culture infused Baby Driver.

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It’s Hummingbird Day: An Interview with Mark McGuire

For celebrated ambient/instrumentalist Mark McGuire, why bother updating your social media platforms when a hummingbird can distract you right outside your window?

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China Mieville’s ‘October’: The Bolsheviks Are Back in Vogue

What was the secret of the Russian Revolution? What lessons -- both positive and negative -- does it hold for the present day?

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Navigating the Hollywood Monsters of the ‘Resident Evil’ Videogame Franchise

From crawling to walking to running to the White House: dissecting 20 years of zombie evolution.

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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

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"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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