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9 Jun 2008 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 10:59 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 10:59 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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4 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Yes We Can Can

The recent "censure" of The Boondocks demonstrates the difficulty art faces in raising a critical converation in a corporate setting. Considering hip-hop's deep embedding into corporate culture, how can radical change happen?

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Wizards & Words: An Interview with Patrick Rothfuss

Author Patrick Rothfuss talks to PopMatters about the pivotal role of language in magic, the structure of storytelling, and the role of fantasy in contemporary fiction.

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Pat Green’s Dance Halls and Dreamers

Preserving the history, the music, and the good times (Texas' "holy trinity"), this is a big, beautiful love letter to the places and the people that make Texas music history

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3 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Guided by a Bengali Poet

When people ask what my Bangladesh life was like, I will say that at its best, it followed the path of the poet Jibanananda Das.

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Ten Reasons Bo Diddley Is the Forgotten Heavyweight Champion of Rock

Here are 10 reasons why the recently departed Diddley is a bona fide rock legend and hugely important in the history of popular music for his vital role in the creation of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

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2 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Zarathustra-speak

Let's set aside judging a game purely by the game play or plot, and analyze the actual experience of the game, instead.

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Against the Grain: An Interview With Portishead

After ten years in the wilderness, Portishead have returned, and they’re just as uncompromising, challenging, and vital as ever.

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1 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

I Me Mine!

If, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggests, the Web is still a drooling, id-driven baby that wallows in its own (proverbial) feces, it makes sense that we continue to be mired in its arrested development.

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“Megalomania Doesn’t Have a Tax-Bracket”: An Interview with Death Cab for Cutie

Suddenly finding himself with a chart-topping album, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard finds himself concerned with more important things than popping open a bottle of bubbly. It's just another day in the fun, crazed universe of Death Cab.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Bravery

Sam Endicott descends from the band's busy orbit to talk with PopMatters 20 Questions about rude bus drivers, the beauty of thumbprints, and his somewhat disconcerting freaky memory.

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Call for Papers: Do You Believe in Life After Auto-Tune?

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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