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Fade Into the Machine: Bon Iver’s ‘22, A Million’

Bon Iver's 22, A Million may be the first album that, truly, should be dedicated to Big Digital if not artificial intelligence.

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What Are You Laughing At?

LGBT+ comedians are enjoying enough success to offset the barrage of gay jokes that seek to demean. They have Paul Lynde and Jack "Moms" Mabley to thank.

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Things Strange: The Dungeon Master of ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.

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Hidden City to Hidden Cities: An Interview with the Cult’s Billy Duffy

Wrapping up a blazing tour supporting new album Hidden City, The Cult's Billy Duffy reflects on the band's dynamic, their style, and how best to irritate the critics.

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“Music Is Up There and You Can’t Touch It”: Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album ‘Stripped’

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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Forever Out There: 25 Contributors to the Space Disco Era 1976-1986

Outer space on the dance floor: from the avant-garde to Star Wars commercialism and beyond.

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Star Trek’s George Takei’s Influence on an LA City Council Election

Can animated, "idealized" versions of political figures sway the average voter?

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Over the Moon: An Interview With ‘Operation Avalanche’ Matt Johnson and Matt Miller

Johnson and Miller talk about the long hours and dodged bullets behind the making of Operation Avalanche, a film that's "like The Dirties on acid."

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A Melancholic Way of Knowing

Melancholy, in its deepest truth, is not bereft of hope but rather relies upon it.

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Is Any Musical Artist Worth a $1 Million Performance Fee?

Before you rush to judge Rihanna's appearance at Sziget this year, consider how essential the model has become.

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The Mexican Journey That Made One of the 20th Century’s Finest Writers

Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.

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Lost (and Found) in Space: United Sounds of Joy Transmit From Another Universe

If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs.

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The Continuing Voyages: ‘Star Trek’ Reboot Fandom and ‘Prime Universe’ Canon

Just as there's no beginning or ending to works of the imagination, the possibilities of story cannot be exhausted.

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Opeth’s Fake Nikki Sixx: An Interview with Mikael Akerfeldt

Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt opens up about Opeth's 25 year career, the band's new album Sorceress, and his desire to score a Meryl Streep film one day.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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A Queer Alliance: Dame Margaret Rutherford and Dawn Langley Simmons

Rutherford, an actor famous for playing spinsters and quirky aunts. Simmons, an author infamous for changing sex and marrying outside her race.

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To Seek Out New Star Trek Fans and Form New Star Trek Civilizations

As the most well-studied fandom, Star Trek fans have shaped the way that seminal concepts in fan studies have emerged.

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Mourning in America: Remembering ‘Twin Peaks’

Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.

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Wandering Still: An Interview With the Album Leaf

It's been six long years since Jimmy LaValle's last full-length as the Album Leaf, but as Between Waves proves, the wait was worth it.

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Film Forum Marx Brothers Festival: Unassuaged Desire

The Marx Brothers are polymorphously perverse: they find pleasure everywhere.

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