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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Heartbeat Props

The Digital Underground party has apparently come to an end. If so, we must acknowledge the group for more reasons than popularizing "The Humpty Dance".

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28 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

One Man Revolution: An Interview with Tom Morello

In the pouring rain the musicians, the little old lady with her cane waving, and even the cop all start singing and jumping. I see the unbridled joy of Morello, singing Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" and I jump too, joining my first protest in 35 years.

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20 Questions: Ben Taylor

Born to the musical talents of James Taylor and Carly Simon and nourished by the fertile surrounds of Martha's Vineyard, Ben Taylor talks with PopMatters 20 Questions before touring for his new album, The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1 (The Killing Bite), began.

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25 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pretty Vacant

The world of The Duchess should have been one of fiery tumult, but little of that foment makes it into this film’s garden party landscape.

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Pleased to Meet ‘Em: The Replacements’ Sire Years

Rhino reissues the second half of the Replacements' discography, from the mid-'80s masterpiece Tim to their laid-back 1990 swan song, All Shook Down.

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The Detective & His Reflections: The Shield: Sixth Season

The nihilistic, morally blurred world of The Shield reflects the inner workings of its characters.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Bert Williams, Godfather of the Black Stage & Studio

Bert Williams in blackface started a conversation about representing blackness within a mainstream context that has continued through virtually every crossover moment in black American life.

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24 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Small Brew

The sale of Anheuser Busch to Belgian brewer InBev has some wondering what will happen to American beer. But craft brewing, not Budweiser, is beer made the American way.

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The Misfits’ American Psycho (1997)

This Danzig-less "reunion" album from the most recognized brand in horror rock isn't nearly as bad as you'd expect.

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Living in Ghost World: Washington, DC

With US Presidential candidates vying for the best seat in the White House in mind, we revist an essay on what living in DC is like for the common man.

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23 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Nu-Metal’s Not Dead!

August saw a resurgence of nu-metal glory for 2008, with several former figureheads dropping their new releases. And instead of these bands dying off like the genre they ostensibly belonged to, most proved there's still life after the spotlight moves on.

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Beyond Walls: An Interview with Kenny Garrett

The ever-changing saxophonist pins down a performance with another legend and explains how that's all just part of the process.

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The Life and Death of the English Football Song

Collapsed Lung's "Eat My Goal" is but one indication that the cute, fun, just 'getting behind the team' football song of days gone by had now become big business.

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Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Men: Normalcy, Comics, and The Dark Knight

Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.

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Why Does the Mix CD Still Exist?

DJ Spooky has a new book and album that each explore remix culture. But what value is the single mix CD in an era where remix culture floods the distribution network with endless freely distributed combinations?

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Fela! Here Comes the Black President

Great art such as Fela! inspires us to make the choices we need to make, and not give up our responsibilities because it is easier to allow someone else to make decisions for us.

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“All I Ever Wanted Was to Control My Own Life”: An Interview with Chuck Klosterman

Cultural critic Chuck Klosterman talks with PopMatters about his new book, Downtown Owl, his regrets about an old one, and that he might next get into making documentary films.

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20 Questions: Laurie Lindeen

"It's A Wonderful Life", aint' it? Author and musician Laurie Lindeen (Zuzu's Petals), like George Bailey, would know, as she shares some insights with PopMatters 20 Questions.

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18 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Cold Season

Just when you start worrying about the state of American movies, and wondering whether the business is going to swandive into irrelevance, along comes something as vital and jolting as Frozen River.

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“OK, I’ve Done It, That’s Enough for Me”: An Interview with Four Tet

With a new dance-oriented EP and multiple collaborations with Steve Reid under his belt, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden looks back on a career where he's opened for Radiohead, played for Badly Drawn Boy, and explains why it's unlikely he'll do either ever again.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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