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Rocky Votolato: Coming Out of the Darkness

Rocky Votolato has struggled with depression all his life. With True Devotion he found a way to recognize his problems and work out his demons. PopMatters talked to him about his difficult journey and the album that came out of it.

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Lone Wolf and Cub Part 3: Artwork and Swordplay

The third installment of Shawn O'Rourke's series on Lone Wolf and Cub. This feature examines the way Goseki Kojima brilliantly uses different artistic devices to draw the reader into the story.

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23 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Übermensch and Übermonk

Adrian Monk is slave to his obsessions, but he’s the master of his self. He's possibly even the master of the future of humanity.

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Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

Conspiracy Theory presents a world divided into elites and Joe Sixpacks, where the hidden masters of the universe plot against you and me.

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We Kept Ourselves to Ourselves: An Interview with Glasvegas

Proud of their Scottish working-class heritage, acclaimed fuzz-rockers Glasvegas contemplate recording a new album in Los Angeles, taking rock star lessons from Noel Gallagher, and throwing Beethoven into their music just because they can.

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Chéri: Out of the Boudoir

Frears and Hampton puts the viewer into Chéri in a very real and sensual manner, paying homage to Collette's luxuriant corporeal details.

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Return to Piano Island: The Blood Brothers, Revisited

Emerging from the West Coast punk scene in the late '90s, the Blood Brothers helped redefine hardcore before abandoning the genre in favor of a damaged brand of art pop all their own.

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Howard Zinn: The Dying of a Light

A tribute to the signature interwar polymath: the historian, activist, dramatist, dockyard worker and teacher Howard Zinn.

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20 Questions: Superjail!: Christy Karacas and Steve Warbrick

Superjail! creators Christy Karacas (Cartoon Sushi), and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch) were turned loose, briefly, to answer our 20 Questions.

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‘Chuck’  Versus ‘Gossip Girl’

Gossip Girl and Chuck, both created in the wake of the demise of The O.C., bear a sharp resemblance to The O.C., despite paradoxically bearing little resemblance to one another. Chuck embodies the geekier parts of The O.C, while Gossip Girl evokes its internecine social battles.

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Small Towns: Life in a Low Tech Web

To live in a small town is to be connected, and not electronically or digitally. Rather, it means to be connected to people in the flesh, to actual places, to land and buildings, to a common past.

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The Digital Surplus and Its Enemies

While we are building identity in social networks, our online behavior generates a plenitude of information, meanings and content that constitutes a "cognitive surplus" generated by the "hive mind".

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18 Feb 2010 // 8:59 PM

I Love You, Buddy Man

If the gift industry can create Valentine's Day, why can't the Rockist found Buddy Day? Prepare yourself for a weekend of 'Buddy Movies' and brotherhood.

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ESPN: Changing the Way Americans Think About Sports

ESPN changed the course of American sports culture by providing access to national and international events 24 hours per day and cultivating the entertainment potential of sporting events and personalities.

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Caregiving a Damn: Travels through Hell with Love

Were lawmakers to seek a better understanding of the work of the caregiver, health care reform would reflect an economic model that placed altruistic motivation above financial consideration.

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Celluloid Dreams: How to Film a Melody

How do you paint a picture of a melody? How do you tell a story about a D-major-7 chord or a C-minor-melodic scale? How do you make a film about harmonic innovation or the division of a measure into overlapping polyrhythms?

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17 Feb 2010 // 8:59 PM

Pop Gluttony

I am choosy about what I eat, but continue to chow down on an unfettered pop culture diet as the last great excess that won’t kill me.

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There’s a Message in the Music

Hip-hop can, and should, promote the historical and cultural ideals that underscore the value of historical awareness.

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Real Feelings: An Interview with Spiral Stairs

Stealing his drummer's cymbals? Making "Melbournian" music? Reuniting the most beloved indie-rock band of the '90s? All just a day in the life of Scott Kannberg, who recently released his first "solo" album ...

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Another Chance: Fox’s Reboot of DC Comics’ “Human Target”

Primetime TV may prove to be a necessary rescue of a classic DC character.

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Emerging from My Hiatus from Big Budget Games

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"I'd gotten burned out on scope and maybe on spectacle in video games, but I think it's time to return to bigger worlds to conquer.

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