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Looking Back at ‘Back to the Future’

The most irreverent, knowing, daring and hippest time travel story of all time has, inevitably and fittingly, become a time capsule.

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More Candy 4 Us: Prince Is Back with 3 Albums

Never one to do things the easy way, Prince delivers a concept album, a collection of dance tracks, and a protégée.

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A Haunted Aura: An Interview with Marianne Faithfull

"I consider myself an artist and suffering has nothing to do with it. Look, I know there are some terrible things happening in the world. That doesn‘t make the world a better place."

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Lou Gehrig: The Pride of the Yankees

Americans cheer in their athletes what they demand of their citizens: humility, simplicity, and purity of spirit. It's a myth that's perfectly suited for the make-believe workings of Hollywood.

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To Kill the Sunflower: An Interview with Cory McAbee

Space is a lonely town, but there's only room for one song-and-dance sheriff in these parts, and his name is Cory McAbee, writer and director of the new space-western musical Stingray Sam.

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What We Write About When We Write About Art

On Edge exhibits a composite image of a younger, rougher New York: we know it existed, but it still has the power to shock and charm, like a photo of a beloved aunt as a teenager with cropped and blue hair.

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6 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

Waltzing with Wilco

As any experienced concert-goer knows, a lively audience can mean the difference between a lackluster event and a memorable night. Sometimes, it’s more important than the band's actual performance.

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6 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

China Underground: The Black Society

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book China Underground, Mexico tells us about Dalong the good-looking gangster, and his ‘little brother’ who, while high on ketamine, shot his friend.

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5 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

Willie Sounds Better Naked

Editing the original RCA tapes makes the songs on Naked Willie so much better that I’m remembering the reasons why I fell in love with Willie Nelson so many years ago.

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Recession Sounds: Revisiting Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska

President Obama faces an economic crisis, rising unemployment, and widespread anxiety about the country's future. In light of these troubling events, perhaps it is time for him (and us) to revisit Nebraska.

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20 Questions: Lynn Freed

Award-winner writer Lynn Freed's delicious replies to PopMatters 20 Questions may have you wishing, like us, that she could be your dinner guest. Her new novel, The Servants' Quarters, publishes this month.

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2 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

Art Brut(ally) Funny

Holden Caulfield -- with his sexual insecurities and confused immaturity -- provides the raw meat that Art Brut’s Eddie Argos cooks with.

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Pearl Jam’s “Ten”, Eighteen Years Later

Over the years, Sony Legacy has re-released countless albums, but rarely has it honored a record whose importance with regards to legacy has been debated since day one as Pearl Jam’s debut.

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The Aesthetics of Absorption: Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows’

In Truffaut, the camera works not to keep the viewer out of the constructed reality of the film but rather to draw the viewer into the artifice, to make the viewer complicit in its feigned reality

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Far Cry 2: The Heart of Darkness Game

This is a game that is incessantly hostile. It is constantly pushing the player to become more efficient at destruction.

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Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Identity

As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.

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Alan Parsons Project Redux

Now that the Alan Parsons Project catalogue has been reissued, it's time for a reappraisal. Will anyone bite?

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31 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

The Jester in the Fisherman

Lines tangled and broke, feet tripped and slipped, rods and tempers snapped, and sometimes, even anglers fell overboard. It wasn’t funny … unless you were sober.

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31 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

Wham!’s Christmas Conundrums

Is Michael is doomed to walk the earth, a well-coiffed ghost of Christmas past, gripping the foil-wrapped box containing this precious gift, forever seeking someone who will finally put his oft-regifted heart to rest?

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“Hot” Couture: Wham!‘s Fashion Revolution

What's more macho than luxurious, well-tooled leather, skin tight and sculpted to fit that amazing man of your dreams? Would you believe, buff bodies in pastel beachwear, tans shimmering golden beneath layers of white, pink, and powder blue?

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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