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15 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 1: Life Support

These are the supporting turns that are ineradicable. Without these scene-stealers holding it all together on the sidelines, the leads of their respective films would be totally lost.

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20 Questions: The Handsome Family

Country, bluegrass, and murder ballads, pharmaceuticals, home brews, and macabre stories -- and more to come with Honey Moon.

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12 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Love Rated XOXO

Could the lighthearted, seemingly innocuous genre of the romantic comedy actually be as psychologically damaging as onscreen violence and sex?

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12 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

State of the Slasher Address 2: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Stephen Graham Jones revisits the slasher film genre in the wake of My Bloody Valentine 3D to show how we may just be on the verge of another slasher renaissance.

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12 Feb 2009 // 8:59 PM

Generation Abracadabra

In our mile-a-minute society, many students rely on the magic of amphetamines to keep up with their studies. Are they ultracompetitive alpha dogs, or mere cheaters?

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Two Lovers: All Your Choices Are Bad Ones

What James Gray bravely does in Two Lovers is return the idea of pain, and the threat of bad decisions, to the American film romance.

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Laughing Through the Tears: The Enduring Journey of Etta James

As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.

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From Safety to Where: The Factory Years of New Order

The full sweep and glory of New Order's accomplishment -- from the static gloom of Movement and “In a Lonely Place" to the happy, confident likes of Technique and “Run” -- cannot be underestimated.

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Maya Azucena [Brooklyn, NY]

Maya Azucena is among the most original independent artists to hatch from the New York scene and conquer the world stage. Here's how this warrior built her career from the ground up.

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Beyond the Bubble of the Grammys

The Grammys suffer from the same problem as the rest of the recording industry: thinking America defines culture.

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10 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Compelled to Slay

"It's definitely going to get a lot weirder." Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz talks about playing to a click track, the changing tastes of musicians, and staying relevant after 20 years.

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10 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Urban Fairytales and Political Ghosts

With the setting shifting from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, recent Israeli films are showing an evolution in storytelling away from nationalism and war and towards the fantastic and the interiority of everyday life.

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20 Questions: Martin Bisi

The prolific performer, songwriter and producer Martin Bisi chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about malls, ghettos, industrial wastelands and other inspiring places, people and things.

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9 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Genius Persona(lities)

The mark of true genius is the effortless creation of something wholly new that, once seen, becomes self-evident.

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“I Never Thought That I’d Miss You So Much”: An Interview with Gary Louris and Mark Olson

After more than a decade apart, the ex-Jayhawks are in harmony once again. Gary Louris, the alt-country icon who has forged a solo career after leading the legendary Jayhawks for roughly two decades, talks to PopMatters.

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9 Feb 2009 // 3:30 AM

Watching Rap

Somewhat lost in the glamour of fame, money, and recognition that typifies hip-hop success is the fact that "all eyes on me" includes the police and the feds. Yet surveillance of rappers is very real, and the result is a strange case of artists hiding in public.

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Pulling Names from a Hat: The 2009 Grammy Awards

If the Grammy Awards are really supposed to be "Music's Biggest Night", then what does the 2009 ceremony say about the state of sonic entertainment right now?

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Working in the Coal Mine and Singing About It, Too

The majority of us aren't coal miners, we don't know coal miners, and we wouldn't last a week in a coal mine. Are coal mining songs, then, still relevant?

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8 Feb 2009 // 8:59 PM

Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?

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Conversing with Rudy Wurlitzer: ‘A Beaten-up Old Scribbler’

My conversations with Rudy Wurlitzer were not unlike a road journey itself with plenty of unplanned side trips along the way.

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