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9 Sep 2010 // 10:00 PM

Vampire Misogyny: Violence in ‘True Blood’

From the beginning of its debut, True Blood has pushed the edge of what was possible with TV violence and sex. But is there any point to the extreme sex and violence on the show? And has it gone too far?

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Honesty and Cruelty by the Numbers: Pitchfork and the Art of Tastemaking

It's because of timely reporting on fresh-faced bands that Pitchfork has managed to turn itself into an independent music tastemaker, setting the tone for the critical reception of new music.

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“You’re Your Own Combustible Fire”: A Conversation with the Most Serene Republic

Swiping movies scores from Jon Brion? Smoking up with Michael Bublé? Crafting album titles out of Lewis Carroll-inspired word games? Vocalist Adrian Jewett talks to PopMatters about his band's Juno nomination, it's never-ending stream of EPs, and finally getting a Jewish drummer.

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In a world of 24-hour programming, Jay Mariotti's Around the Horn does for ESPN what Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly does for Fox News: fill in large gulfs of empty space between actual news or events by making a fetish of opinion.

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20 Questions: David Michôd, Director of ‘Animal Kingdom’

Animal Kingdom is the critically acclaimed feature debut of young Australian director, David Michôd, who has helmed many short films that have made the festival circuit.

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7 Sep 2010 // 10:00 PM

‘The Wire’ As American Noir

The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.

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First-Time Trio: An Interview with the Thermals

PopMatters speaks to Thermals drummer Westin Glass about recording Personal Life, the pressure of joining a band late in the game and what mind-altering substances motivated the band to get through so many shows in such a short time.

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Philosophical Tactics in International Soccer

What exactly are Marx, Hegel, Aristotle and Socrates doing after Confucius blows the ref’s whistle? They’re not just thinking about soccer. They’re playing... sort of.

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“Your Best Song Is the Last One”: Twenty Years Later with Teenage Fanclub

Having toured with Nirvana, carried the torch for Alex Chilton, and still continuing to make great records 20 years into his career, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub reflects on his band's long, glorious legacy.

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Life in the Age of Authentic Artifice

We're mastering the art of presenting a persona rather than a person -- each becoming a distorted version of ourselves, further and further removed from the real thing.

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Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

Long before there were streetlights, when only the night watchman’s lantern glowed, night travelers who dared defy curfew were forbidden to wear hoods or cloaks, carry weapons, or gather in groups of more than three or four.

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The Shock Heard ‘Round the World: ‘Bitches Brew’ Turns 40

For a lot of the critics with whom this work never registered, Bitches Brew signified the first time a butterfly turned back into a caterpillar. In actuality, the moves Miles made as the ‘70s began seem, with the benefit of hindsight, like magnetic fields pulling him into the future -- and taking music with him.

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Masterpieces of Silent Film Are Rescued From Obscurity

Underworld, The Last Command, and The Docks of New York are masterpieces of visual storytelling -- human dramas expressed with cinematographic innovation, impeccably realized set design, and an unparalleled grasp of the “bigger picture” of the motion picture.

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The Dream Syndicate’s Sophomore Album Stereo Blues

Is Medicine Show a blueprint for all that was wrong with bands signing to major labels 25 years ago or is it a truly great, overlooked gem of an album? Well, the answer is somewhere in the middle.

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Part Four: December 2010

This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.

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20 Questions: Melora Creagor-Rasputina

Rasputina's newest CD, Sister Kinderhook, came out in June. Rasputina's founder, Melora Creager, tells PopMatters 20 Questions about the lure of living in an era past, when what was essential could be made by hand -- and giants walked among us.

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Anarchy and the Arts: Sex, Wales and Anarchy 3 Sets the Stage for Change

“SWA is a festival of talent born in dissatisfaction, anger and desperation. But, hopefully, over the years to come it will continue to generate opportunity, confidence, realisation of potential and a cleansing of the soul.”

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‘Word Is Out’‘s Historical Importance Cannot Be Underestimated

Tales of secrecy, discrimination, discovery, bonding, and isolation and loneliness are common, not surprising considering the social and political climate for the LGBT community in the '70s.

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Permanent Vacation: An Interview with the Young Veins

Just as his former band, Panic! at the Disco, was reaching their highest peaks of emo girl adoration and chart success, Jon Walker and co-writer/guitarist Ryan Ross split the band striking out on their own as The Young Veins

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Part Three: November 2010

Things slow down considerably in the rush to Turkey Day, including the latest from Danny Boyle, the House of Mouse, and the always formidable Harry Potter.

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