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Joe Purdy [Lowell, Arkansas]

Know it or not, odds are you've heard Joe Purdy's music on television -- but there's nothing commercial about this artist. Eschewing the lures and traps of the music industry, Purdy is blazing his own path simply for the love of song.

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23 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Give ‘Em Helvetica

The famed font aspires to eerie emptiness of meaning. Now, has it persuaded us to do the same?

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Vinyl: Got to Get You Into My Life

Maybe it's because current methods of listening aren't cutting it that I've started buying more vinyl. Not because it sounds better or evokes nostalgia, but because listening to vinyl is a more structured and formal experience.

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23 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Rainyhead

When PopMatters sent two writers to cover Radiohead’s show in Virginia, we didn’t expect such divergent results. Mentally exhausting in a myriad of different ways, they report from the battle lines via text messages. Some things, apparently, shouldn’t be saved for a rainy day.

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A Clan, a Network, a Tribe, a Family

Not only does the GLBT community view itself as one movement, society has mandated that the groups are linked -- if not intentionally, then through selective exclusion.

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22 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pop Culture: Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Neighborhood

Whether intentionally spiritual or not, popular culture and its products serve many of the same drives of religion: making meaning and forging the bonds of community.

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Let’s Spice-up the 2008 Election, Iron Chef-Style

Chefs quickly manage a range of dishes, their staff swiftly execute, and the result must be excellent. Let's put McCain and Obama in aprons to see how they might really work.

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The Lioness and the Wildebeests: Tori Amos on Going Independent

Finally free from her major-label shackles, Tori Amos reflects on what went wrong during her major-label career, what she plans to do next, and how it feels becoming a comic book icon.

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Samuel Fuller, “The Poet of Potboilers”

Fuller was a playful but hard-bitten cynic who imposed his sometimes weary, whistling-past-the-graveyard worldview on all those people sitting in the dark.

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Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.

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20 Questions: Amy Ray

Amy Ray: Talking the talk and walking the walk, this singer/songwriter brings you the world with each song.

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Don’t Forget Your Wellies: Glastonbury 2008

With only a flimsy $15 tent and wellington boots for protection, PopMatters’ Cole Stryker avoided Amy Winehouse’s punches, the mud, and John Mayer, at the annual global gathering that is the Glastonbury Festival.

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17 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

American Film Theatre

In what might be called the curse of Chekhov, the common setting is a living room, the common characters a family, and the common dynamic a stew of bitter backbiting and recrimination that ultimately gives the lie to Tolstoy, because here each unhappy family seems perfectly alike.

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Nothing’s Shocking: An Interview With Lydia Lunch

As Lydia Lunch -- No Wave pioneer, Teenage Jesus frontwoman, and life-long provocateur -- sees her landmark tell-all book Paradoxia get re-published for the first time in over a decade, she sits down to talk to PopMatters about breaking taboos, rocking out, and knowing just how to push everybody's buttons.

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16 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Double Standards

What does it say about our time and place that our two boldest -- maybe best -- jazz singers, Patricia Barber and Cassandra Wilson, are returning to singing standards again?

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16 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

International Lampoon: (Don’t Be) Mad (At The) Magazine

The New Yorker may have outsmarted itself. Its core readership is left of center and they care about the things that Obama cares about. But the cartoon may have the effect of encouraging Obama's opponents to step up their mythmaking because they've been provided with "cover" by a respected liberal magazine.

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Life Savers: Girl Talk

Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis) made me do something I never thought I would again: enjoy pop music.

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15 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

George W. and J. Peterman, Philosophically Speaking

It takes guts to look squarely at the paradox of subjectivity, as former White House press secretary Scott McClellan can attest.

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Redefining the Game: A Look at Machinima

"Whatever we're doing, it's all story telling -- and if the story's bad then the appeal can't last to the gamer crowd let alone anyone else."

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15 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

20 Questions: The Buck Brothers

Known for funky, punky pop, the Buck Brothers have a big time love for Earth, Wind & Fire as you'll see in this installment of PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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