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Saintseneca Crafts Abstract Yet Focused Rock Record With ‘Such Things’

Musician Zac Little talks about the Ohio band's latest dreamy folk rock effort.

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Slavoj Zizek and Black America: Zizek Visits the ‘Tavis Smiley Show’

When you make jokes about black culture, the wrong people laugh at the wrong times for the wrong reasons. Slavoj Zizek tells Tavis Smiley why... sort of.

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Revisiting ‘Girlfriends’: A Forgotten Film of Second-Wave Feminism

Stanley Kubrick was right. Girlfriends is one of the finest American films of the ‘70s.

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You Are Not Alone: An Interview with Majical Cloudz

Devon Welsh describes the strange, amazing world of Are You Alone?

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“There Are No Half-Measures”: An Interview with the Zombies’ Rod Argent

How many rock stars have opened the World Cup, performed with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Who, created two distinct and massively successful rock bands and released an album of classical music? One. Rod Argent is back to talk about the past, present and future of the Zombies.

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Gabriel Urza Redefines the Political Novel With ‘All That Followed’

The former public defender notes that All That Followed "...requires people to think about political actors as individuals rather than as ideologues. That's been my experience in real life."

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3 Nov 2015 // 1:30 AM

Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me

Bernard Sumner artfully describes where the music of Joy Division came from; distilled to a single cold, bleak, industrial Manchester night.

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“The Closer I Look”: A Conversation with Small Black

Recovering from a devastating loss at the hands of Hurricane Sandy, Small Black's Josh Kolenik crafted not only his best record, but also one inspired by his loss, his affinity for Blue Nile records, and, of course, '70s American cinema.

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3 Nov 2015 // 1:00 AM

Pro-Apocalyptic, or, Why We’re Bored With the Post-Apocalyptic

The continued appeal of post-apocalyptic entertainment reflects our culture’s exhaustion with the genre’s historically prophetic (and moralistic) warnings about exploitation, materialism, and consumerism.

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Moon Taxi Marries Person and Professional On ‘Daybreaker’

Once known primarily for its live shows, Moon Taxi continues its glide toward become an established--and memorable--studio band.

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The Empire of Scientism Strikes Back

Despite what Steven Pinker has claimed in his epic debate with Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic, science is less Theory of Everything and more Harper's "Findings".

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As Long as There’s Fire: David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ to ‘The Next Day’

Forty years after "Heroes", we discover the doomed couple wasn’t so doomed after all, those declarations of love weren’t as futile as we thought, and there are indeed heroes to be found.

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30 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Look! A Zombie! Race and Passing in ‘iZombie’

iZombie’s “passing” narrative complicates its broader racial politics.

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Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC

A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.

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30 Oct 2015 // 1:05 AM

We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data

Can technology solve all of our problems? Curtis White urges us to remember that we've been deluded by technology -- and seductive stories -- before.

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29 Oct 2015 // 10:02 AM

Seeing Traces With Son Volt’s Jay Farrar

As Rhino Records prepares to release the 20th anniversary set of Son Volt’s classic debut, Farrar relives the success of Trace.

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Never Say Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe’s 10 Best Stories

Poe endures as an artist who made his life’s work a deeper than healthy dive into the messy engine of human foibles, obsessions and misdeeds.

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Madness. Shame. Humiliation: Richard Elfman on Growing Up Absurd

In 1980, Richard Elfman released a very strange movie called Forbidden Zone. No one saw it. At least not in theaters. Today it's one of the best-known underground films around.

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Why CW’s ‘The 100’ Is a Feminist Dream, Except for When It’s Not

The 100 gets a lot right (and some significant things wrong) in its examination of a post-nuclear society.

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Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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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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