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When Over-the-Top Hits the Spot: 2010 Grammy Awards

Overblown set pieces, fiery performances, and category wins that no one saw coming -- yes, this year, the Grammy Awards decided to be interesting.

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31 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

The Lives of Others

There's a higher ratio of disposable schlock in the memoir than in other literary genres, but the best memoirs permit access to lives strange, twisted, wasted, brave, and glorious -- lives, in short, other than our own.

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20 Questions: Githead

With a love of Eastwood and Bosch, this supergroup tackles 20 Questions while basking in the warm critical glow that third album Landing has received.

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31 Jan 2010 // 8:59 PM

Soundscape Mix #1: Vancouver

Welcome to the new Soundscape Mixtape Series where we step beyond criticism. In the great tradition of the mixtape, we are going to present these explorations with their actual sound.

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Super Scribing 2009

Gold medal: the best writing of the year.

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Superior Scribing 2009

Silver medal: excellent pieces of writing.

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Chameleon Comedian: David Bowie 1967-1970

As innovative and eclectic as his music has been, Bowie’s means and methods of articulation also reveal an artist finely attuned to the subversive potential of humor.

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Die With Your Mask On: The Grim Superheroics of Rick Veitch

Rick Veitch wonders where the next step in superhuman evolution will take us.

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Indie Ambition: Hold Steady

Can Craig Finn pull his bandmates with him and lift them up to his arena tour in the sky? The Rockist ponders the future of the Hold Steady.

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The Ice Storm: America Out in the Cold

Ang Lee captures the '70s on film the way Rick Moody captures the era in the book The Ice Storm. It's the midst of the sexual revolution, the Watergate scandal is erupting, and the country's social consciousness is changing.

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Quality Scribing 2009

Bronze medal: great story ideas, well executed.

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Bottom of the Barrel 2009

Confiscate their laptops: the worst writing of the year.

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Other Arts 2009

Fine writing outside of music but still bearing on music.

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27 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

My Rufus Wainwright Story

Mom died a few days later, and I made my Rufus Wainwright story the focal point of her eulogy.

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A Little Human Magic in Recent DVDs

Either by coincidence or because I just happened to watch these all on a cold day when I needed a little warmth, the magic of the human condition emerged as a trend in these new DVD releases.

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26 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

Just Drawn that Way

Like their straight counterparts, LGBT comics offer a wide range of world-views. Were they to gain more attention in traditional media, they could help convince that there is no such thing as a "typical" gay or lesbian.

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26 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

Part 3: From Porcupine Tree to Wye Oak

Slipped Discs continues with Norwegian electro pop, lots of Scottish pop goodness, two rock institutions, a Soviet born chanteuse and many more. All records that missed our top 60 list last year.

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26 Jan 2010 // 8:59 PM

Fandom Amid Futility

The team is bankrupt, has endured nothing but futility, and plays an 'ice sport' in the heart of the desert. Why I am still rooting for the Phoenix Coyotes?

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25 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

Allen Iverson 101

Unlike athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson never 'used' the media to project an image of himself as a flawless human being.

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25 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

Part 2: From Handsome Furs to Oneida

Slipped Discs continues with hip-hop royalty, a genre-busting classical quartet, the future of soul music, an Americana demigod and many more. All records that missed our top 60 list last year.

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'Who' Will Be the Next Doctor?

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"What shall it be? A Doctor with whip-smart delivery of his lines? A woman who will bewitch before she kicks a Dalek's ass? Oh, the possibilities...

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