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Agent Provocateur: Madonna’s Super Hard Candy Pop

On her newest CD, Hard Candy, the legend sounds stronger and more confident -- pushed into the new directions by her posse of guest producers and musicians.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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Baptized by Fire: The Persistent Politics of the Olympic Games

The Olympic torch should remain a beacon to those who can appreciate the true power that sports have in forcing us to consider the political reality of the world we all, athletes included, share.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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20 Questions: Ike Reilly

Songwriter Ike Reilly tells PopMatters 20 Questions about firm abs and buttocks and the best sitcom, ever.

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24 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Rod Serling and His Evil Art

Serling began his career as one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. But it only took one trip to a particularly troubled 'gallery' to undermine his importance and influence within the entertainment industry.

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Always Trying to Waste Me: The Rolling Stones’ “Cocksucker Blues”

Onan rejoices. Dionysus despairs. Robert Frank, the Rolling Stones, and Cocksucker Blues -- a polarizing document for upwards of 35-years, now -- unreleased, and perhaps unreleasable.

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24 Apr 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Fall

The frightening, wonderful world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall offers decades of music and dozens of albums to sift through for the one that best represents what they are all about.

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23 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

No Reply Needed

Have 'REPLY ALL' emails become the latest outlet for the modern obsession with self-expression and fame?

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Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

Like any sound biographer, Blake is the fly on the wall — but one careful not to breathe the smoke in the air. What could have been Pink Floyd hagiography has the weight and distance of clear-headed scholarship, charitable but candid.

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Painfully Masculine: An Interview with Benjamin Percy

With the rise of the metrosexual and the fall of the patriarchal society, some men, lost in a gray zone, compensate by joining Gold’s Gym, screaming at Packers games, and driving big-ass Hummers

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22 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

A Formula One Fairy Tale

Gather round children, and I’ll tell a tale tragic yet true of the demise of the sport old timers once called Formula One.

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The Ten-Cent Plague: Revisiting the 20th-Century Comic Book Scare

In this illuminating work, critic David Hajdu revisits the boycotts, bans, and congressional hearings that disenfranchised hundreds of artists and ended the golden days of the comic book industry.

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Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Replacements on Twin/Tone, 1981-1984

With four albums for the independent Minneapolis label Twin/Tone, the 'Mats rendered the hierarchies and caste system of the rock world irrelevant by remaking rock 'n' roll as an anonymous force.

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We Dream We’re the People in Songs

Is he strumming your face with his fingers? And singing your life with his words?

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Love in the Time of Record Shops

Technology may have changed the way we obtain music, but as Nick Hornby's High Fidelity reminds us, it can never alter our love affair with the medium.

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The Long Road to Hoo Ha: An Interview with Supergrass

Only one band survived the highs and lows of the Britpop era. We talked about this endurance, a sixth album, and other lifespan issues with Danny Goffey, the one and only drummer for... yes, Supergrass.

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20 Questions: Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell, that handsome man (when he's not wearing horror film make-up) with that incredible chin whom you know you've seen before -- you've seen just about everywhere -- appears here, too, in PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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17 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

On Independent Vision, Art and Democracy: The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2008

Full Frame’s exclusive focus on documentary films makes it gravitate toward academic and humanitarian affiliations, providing badly needed brain-stimulation for our otherwise comatose democracy.

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Into the Void: John Darnielle on Sabbath, Extreme Metal, and Indie Rock

Begrand dives into metal fandom with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, who discusses the Mighty Riff, the uneasy relationship between indie and metal camps, and the life experiences behind his new book on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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