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5 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Bombing of Bonneville

Bonneville is firmly committed to the “Female Gaze” in an industry where everything is geared towards only what men want to see.

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5 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Mad Men, Sad Men

The increasing prevalence and sophistication of advertising, the popularization of psychotherapy, and an emerging political consciousness in the American middle class all come to the fore in this excellent television series.

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Singer-(Song)Writer: An Interview with Juilana Hatfield

The talented, iconic rock star is laying it all on the line: both in terms of her personal life (in the form a bristling, tell-all memoir) and in terms of her career (with a self-financed new album). In a candid, biting new interview, Hatfield talks about what drove her to such a do-or-die proposition.

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Better You Be a Team Player

Sports, as emphasized in films such as Eight Men Out and The Untouchables, are a helpful way of organizing and enforcing our daily behaviors.

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20 Questions: George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos takes a little time from his prolific career to contemplate with PopMatters the temptation to try out a silencer and laser sight.

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3 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

DHARMA’s Bent Reality: The Video Game Sensibility of Lost

Perhaps the most complete and fascinating assimilation of video game-type content into a different medium at a deep and thorough level occurs within the narrative world of the popular television show Lost.

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3 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

A Walk Through the Medina

It's fascinating to think that a culture that produces such deep and soulful bass music could also contact its spirits via the shrieking, grating sounds of this flute, yet such is the nature of Moroccan music.

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The Eccentrics

You need not be popular to break the rules, and you need not be popular to break your own conventions. Sometimes the very best music is being crafted right on the fringes of the mainstream, and it is for that reason that sometimes you will find some of rock music's greatest DETOURS.

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Esquerita: The Other Originator of Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp

This ultimate "odd man out" -- homosexual, black, bizarre-looking, crazy-behaving, and even crazier-playing rocker -- was pushed into the shadows beyond the bright lights of Little Richard.

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30 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Lucha Libre London

Twenty and 30-something Londoners, all eager to dive headfirst off the turnbuckle into another culture, weren’t going to be disappointed.

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Fighting Words: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Orientalist fantasy? Neoconservative propaganda in a literary guise? The debate over Reading Lolita in Tehran

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The Innovators

Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.

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29 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Sargasso Sea

The BBC-Wales version of this classic has Chai yelling, ‘Enough with the tragic mulattoes, already!’

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28 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Rebel Rebel

The time is ripe for revisiting One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as we're all aware that individual freedoms are still being suppressed by governments around the world.

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Bleeding on the Page in the Middle of a Nervous Breakdown: Willy Vlautin’s Northline

Willy Vlautin loves the damaged people that most of us would go out of our way to avoid.

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Part One: The Icons

With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.

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27 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gone Festin’

Yes, communing with thousands of music fans at summer festivals is fun...for a while. But then it becomes a group of people whom you really didn't plan on spending your weekend with, unless you typically hang out with stoned 16-year olds.

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20 Questions: Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about music-making at her pace, life without safety nets, and her nonconformist nature.

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24 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Brand Evangelists

Companies would like product placements in our personal narratives, and marketers are eager to show them how it can be done.

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Surviving the Net Crunch: A Practical Guide for Print Publications in a Digital World

Forget about easy answers, and don't think that the latest hip tech craze will save: PopMatters' Jason Gross offers advice for how long-running print publications can adapt to this brave new Net-driven world.

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Kiasmos: 26 May 2015 - Rough Trade NYC (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Kiasmos is the exciting, dark and trippy electronic project from Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen.

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