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15 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Memory of a Free Festival

The carefully curated lineups at the big multiday summer music festivals promise an unforgettable experience for fans -- those who can afford to go, that is.

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20 Questions: Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s

Rhett Miller, lead vocalist of the Old 97's, chats with PopMatters' 20 Questions about fantasy football, his affinity for the protagonist in Wallace's Infinite Jest, and this neat little trick he does with spoons.

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The Incredible Hulk: Madly in Anger with You

With The Incredible Hulk ripping through movie screens in mind, Williams hunkers down on the couch with two silly, strangely stirring seasons of the TV show.

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Flying Alone: Edward Hopper and America’s Night Side

Isolation is more than being alone. That is why the greatest and most discomforting presentation of isolation can be found in Hopper's paintings that include more than one person.

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Stranded in the Middle of Nowhere: One Adolescent’s Experience of Gregg Araki

Recently popularized for the success of Mysterious Skin (2006), filmmaker Gregg Araki has exposed the Gen Y-er longing for tenderness in a world drowned in pop culture and violence to movies such as Nowhere, the personal savior of the 26-year-old Justin Dimos.

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Fixing What’s Wrong with the Bill of Rights

So that no future US president skips over the fine, excessively wordy print, I recommend we update the Bill of Rights so it sounds a bit more, shall we say, awesome.

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“It’s a Masochistic Stare-Down”: An Interview With Adam Green

The former Moldy Peaches frontman scored with Juno's "Anyone Else But You", but he's a busy man with a brand new solo album, getting hung up on Johnny Depp, and having French boys thank him for writing "such impersonal music".

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10 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Who Watches the Watchers?

In a league where (predominantly white) authority figures are needed to intellectualize and give order to the hyper-stylized physicality of its (predominantly black) players, no brain is more lauded than Bill Belichick's.

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The Dawn That Grows Into Day: High Noons, Twilights, the Beach Boys, and Dennis Wilson

A pair of new Beach Boys releases -- a 16-disc box set of singles and the reissue of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue -- examines the group's resonance beyond the lauded Pet Sounds era.

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The Phantasmagoric Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage was truly revolutionary in the way it exploited the unique features of motion pictures, and clearly anticipated the sophisticated narrative and visual structure of modern films.

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9 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Old Time Religion

In the span of 90 amazing minutes, The Green Pastures performs a feat untold in most religious cinema: it actually explains and illustrates faith.

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9 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Shredder Cometh: An Interview with Tim Reynolds

Guitarist Tim Reynolds has recently joined Dave Matthews Band on the road and in the studio for the first time since 1998. Last week, Reynolds spoke with PopMatters' Robert Costa in an exclusive backstage interview to talk about DMB and his own band TR3.

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9 Jun 2008 // 9:59 PM

Spinoza’s Ethic

Mathers explores how the Ethic was a life saver not in the sense of sustaining him through dark periods, but by changing his sense of what life is.

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8 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Righteous Paths

The Drive-By Truckers' live shows once played like a songwriters-in-the-round session with electric guitars and increasingly empty bottles of Jack Daniels. Then Jason Isbell came along -- and it only got better.

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8 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Through the Grapevine

With celebrity-crazy blogs like Dlisted and Oh No They Didn't growing in prominence and touting an anarchic and egalitarian spirit, has gossip become the ruling media form of our era?

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20 Questions: Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby's electronic impulses are fed by neurological brainstorms generated by the likes of Oliver Sacks and the artists and scientists of TED. PopMatters' 20 Questions gets a zap from Dolby's electrifying fingertips.

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5 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

When Bathing Suits None and All

In the ReDot realm, while no bathing suits are allowed for any at bath-time, bathing suits one and all.

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5 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Adah Isaacs Menken: The First Broadway Star

A predecessor to virtually all stage and screen sirens, Menken thumbed her nose at the Victorian fetish for decorum that deformed the female figure, and celebrated her body electric, firm and active before being wasted from typhus or riddled by bullets.

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5 Jun 2008 // 9:59 PM

Shriekback and Me

Rett Snotherly reflects on the familiar tale of the emotional ties to a beloved band stretching across time, and how the impact of youth's engagement remains a part of us that lingers years later.

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Sister Christian: An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton’s Disenchanted Supporters

Obama has, with his résumé, his upbeat tone, and even his nondescript "even Steven" haircut, positioned himself as the metaphorical love child of Al Gore and Will Smith -- the perfect brew of debonair and nerdy that is the only formula possible for a black man trying to win the US Presidency.

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