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Sons of Anarchy: Rebels and Bad Subjects with a Cause?

Our present 'social grid' -- the stage Sons of Anarchy plays upon – is one that most on the planet have fallen through; life outside of that grid may offer some hope, some new regime.

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Will Hoge Survives the Wreckage

It never entered his mind that he wouldn’t tour again, but after the accident, Will Hoge was eager just to walk again.

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Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow

When composer W.C. Handy published the first major collection of blues songs in 1926, reimagining pop tunes as folk songs, he explicitly framed the blues as folk music.

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Butch Dyke or Earth Mother or Something Else Entirely?

For years, society had two perceptions of what lesbians look like. Today, high fashion and lesbians aren't such strangers -- and it's getting harder to tell, Is She or Isn't She?

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Back to Living: Curtis Mayfield and the Making of ‘New World Order’

Curtis Mayfield penned many of the songs that would become anthems for the civil rights movement. Later in life, however, he would face different challenges, as documented on his heroic 1996 album New World Order.

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Soundscape Mix #4: Zombies

Zombies are a lot of things to a lot of people. At once mystical and tragic, there is just something about them that transcends the horror film and video game genres.

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Death and All His Friends: An Interview with the Antlers’ Peter Silberman

The Antlers' Peter Silberman relates how his very specific suffering is resonating with strangers and discusses the fast growth of the Antlers and overdosing on indie rock.

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Eluvium: A Change in Direction

“I definitely feel that one chapter has ended and another begun,” observes Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper as he takes a turn towards pop in his fifth album, Similes adding vocals, percussion and new sense of verse/chorus structure to his ambient soundscapes.

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Bleed American: Cap and the Watchdogs of the Internet

By now the story is well-known, the outcry against Captain America and Marvel from conservative bloggers. But why have cooler heads not prevailed?

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Egads! Comics! In the Library!

Comics, that great corrupter and retarding influence on youth, evoke fear in librarians -- fear of the adults, that is, not the children.

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“A Fanatical Fan with Fanatical Opinions”: An Interview with Jim DeRogatis

Noted pop music critic Jim DeRogatis discusses much with PopMatters, including getting into fights with Wayne Coyne, why Lou Reed is frustrating to talk to, and why Lollapalooza is Wal-Mart ...

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Ted Nugent: When in Doubt, He’ll Whip It Out

The Nuge storms Vegas and opens up about his musical history, Washington bailouts, conservation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Mass Appeal of Farmville

By integrating itself into Facebook’s social network, Farmville magnifies a sense of accomplishment because the challenges come from the way that you are perceived by a community, rather than on the whims of an unknown developer.

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Artist personalizes Noah’s Ark

New Jersey artist Susan Vosburgh can make a niffy piece of art out of any animal and anyone's name.

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“Rockit” Science: ‘80s Instrumental Pop in the Brave New (Digital) World

Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit' undeniably accelerated hip-hop's journey to mainstream prominence. "When the whole breakdancing thing started happening, 'Rockit' was the only song that any of us would ever, ever dance to."

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My Times in Black and White

Gerald Boyd's memoir illustrates that sometimes, those who preach the loudest about diversity and tolerance are in fact the least capable, when it comes down to it, of tolerating any diversity at all.

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20 Questions: Anne Lamott

Everyone in Anne Lamott's books is sort of screwed up, but she stocks them with an irresistible humor and core decency. Her latest, Imperfect Birds, releases 6 April.

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“Maybe You Do Want to Grow Up After All”: An Interview with Bernard Sumner

When asked about how he feels about the term "icon", Bernard Sumner tells PopMatters that "I don't think I'm a legend. I think I've just got an interesting history." This, his time with Joy Division, New Order, and new band Bad Lieutenant are all a part of this epic interview ...

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The Van Hunt Parlor Game: An Interview

Attention: if you don't hear your favorite Van Hunt song at his next concert, listen closer.

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Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular

This book comes very close to being a faithful mirror of the endlessly fascinating Harry Smith and, like its subject, will provoke, educate, and entertain in equal measure.

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'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

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"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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