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There Was No Way to Tell This Man Was a Monster

Scott Keith's Dungeon of Death is a confused, unfocused, meandering account of the most gruesome death yet in an industry known for killing off its performers at startlingly young ages.

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The Ubiquitousness of Ubiquity Records

There is no clear-cut definition of what Ubiquity Records produces, unless we go for universal terms like "good" and "dope".

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Change Some Can’t Believe In

Lewis Hamilton, the precocious, handsome son of a black father and white mother (remind you of anyone?), is the Formula One Champion of the world.

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Does Video Game Criticism Need a Lester Bangs?

Part of the reason Lester Bangs was a great rock critic was because he reflected the virtues and vices of his medium. Yet as a critic Bangs provided a lot of personal standards that could be easily applied to multiple mediums.

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20 Questions: Laura Miller

Cofounder of Salon.com, ravenous reader Laura Miller talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and other influences that led to The Magician's Book.

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Who Says Country Can’t Hip-Hop?

Poverty, crime, disenfranchisement, sinning, saving, and no-account women: Stereotypical subjects of the average country song, or the average hip-hop song?

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Day Two: From Jimi Hendrix to the Rolling Stones

The last quintet of choices show how the blues reclaimed its basis for a dozen hard rock hymns, argued for the importance of following one's singer/songwriter muse, and proved that not every significant sound coming out of the UK was Beatle-based.

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Revolution None: The Beatles’ ‘Wide Album’

How the Beatles fell into avant garde hell with 1968’s unreleased Wide Album.

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24 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

I’d Like to Thank…

I'm thankful for my wonderful girlfriend, the Boston Celtics taking home the NBA championship, and Wu-Tang, Nas, People Under the Stairs...

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Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band

A Sgt. Pepper's-inspired satire…a platter of pure soul sizzle…the second act of rock's Warhol-weaned avant-garde…the beautiful noise of two voices in unison…and a backup 'band' comes into their own. Five definitive LPs -- five statements of solid rock royalty.

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The ‘Murderous’ Art of George Baselitz

For Baselitz, the true artist is the eternal outsider. While he leads a good bourgeois family life, at his art he becomes a murderer, a man on the fringes of good society, a destroyer.

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23 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Fresh Squeeze with Pulp

The dimestore novels of the '50s and '60s helped foster the gay rights movement. And many of them aroused their readers while inspiring them.

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23 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Church of Axl

Has a strange history of creative battles, multiple delays, and avoiding the spotlight meant that Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy are doomed to be a punchline? One fan explains why he's been keeping the faith.

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Various Artists: Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia

You definitely know Motown. You probably know Stax. But it's time to get (re)acquainted with the other big player in the golden age of soul music -- Philly.

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23 Nov 2008 // 8:59 PM

You Think You Know Obama?

Internet memes meet political postmortems as we uncover more salient facts about America's next president.

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20 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Cut to the Whatever

Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace slices away nearly every element of the old Bond, and leaves nothing in its place.

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The White Album: Side Four

The potential breakthrough and the impending breakup, the final side celebrates the Beatles' artistic experimentation -- and the creative contradictions that signaled their eventual end.

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Layers of Composition: An Interview with Andy Milne

You might consider him a jazz artist, but Milne continues to incorporate new forms into his work, teaching himself when he isn't teaching students.

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From a Fluid Culture to a Culture of Steam: Alan Moore

For all the self-serious Deep Thoughts and the sometimes unsettling material in DeZ Vylenz The Mindscape of Alan Moore, Moore can be a startlingly funny host.

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Future Primitive: Kimbo Slice’s Cruelest Cut

Slice, whose fortunes were at once torn asunder and radically refigured by a hurricane, constitutes a perfect storm of racial stereotypes himself.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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