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It Starts with an Earthquake: R.E.M.‘s Monster

I have spent half my life being an R.E.M. fan, and I’ve consumed just about every album in their catalogue. So, at this point, I feel confident saying that Monster is unfairly maligned, and truly stands as one of their best.

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Blind Man with a Pistol: Ishmael Reed’s Misguided Pow-Wow

Anyone who has witnessed affirmative action policies in play can tell you that bad apples are chosen to fulfill a quota, not unlike a cop who harasses every citizen who bears a vague resemblance to a wanted suspect.

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Diana Ross Climbs Over the Mountain and Beyond the Valley

What happened when Diana Ross left the Supremes? The answer might surprise you. Two recently unearthed solo albums tell the story.

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Many Will See and Hear: U2’s Prescient Youth

U2's first three albums are an opportunity to try and remember what their youth was like, to contemplate how they grew into mega-mega-mega-superstars, with action-figure-ready personas and their own blockbuster-sized iconography.

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Getting Through Hard Times: Re-visiting Andi Watson’s Breakfast After Noon

In our sobering economy, Breakfast After Noon is more relevant than ever, as it addresses the psychic and emotional toll of unemployment.

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Mirror Twins: Conversations with Nels and Alex Cline

Although their careers have some similarities, the twin composers and songwriters aren't as similar as it seems, covering everything from the monastic to the chaotic.

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I’ve Got the Music in Me

Today, LGBT musicians can flourish as themselves, not hiding behind euphemisms and fictional record label biographies.

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23 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Apocalypse Jukebox: The End is Near, There and Everywhere

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Apocalypse Jukebox, Janssen and Whitelock talk about “the devil’s masterpiece for trapping teenagers, making them his slaves, and causing them to be the enemies of God.”

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Brick-and-Mortar Record Stores Are Trying to Get Their Groove Back

Like so many industries caught between two seismic sea changes -- the Internet revolution and the great recession -- stores that sell new music are in a fight for their lives.

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Les Claypool: Where Fish Congregate

Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.

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Part 6: Simply the Best: Another “Look” at Liv Ullmann

PopMatters concludes our 100 Best Female Film Performances feature with extremely insightful, generous anecdotes from Liv Ullmann about three of the performances on this list, one of her personal choices, and a once-in-a-lifetime addendum by the glorious Bergman super trouper Bibi Andersson herself.

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22 Feb 2009 // 8:59 PM

20 Questions: Larkin Grimm

The eclectic and restless Larkin Grimm, a folk singer with a burgeoning career, talks to PopMatters 20 Questions about her inspiration, chainsaw art, and sex outdoors.

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The Oscar Expert Eyes This Year’s Pageantry

My qualifications for discussing actresses and the Oscars? I’m gay and have watched the awards for more than 25 years now. If that doesn’t make me an Oscar expert, clearly nothing does.

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19 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 5: Under the Radar

Indie darlings on shoestring budgets, foreign art house staples, and sometimes straight to DVD (but always straight from the heart), this list includes women who might be considered prolific stars, by some standards, whose work unfortunately fell by the wayside.

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Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009

Unlike stiff features like The Reader or even the wildly uneven Curious Case of Benjamin Button, this year's Oscar-nominated shorts program is pretty much a risk-free venture.

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Ravi Coltrane: The Son Also Rises

Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane manages to look backward without seeming stale, and manages to deflect his sound off of his father's without either outright rejection or pale imitation.

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Part 4: From Page to Screen

This grouping of performers comes from plays, adaptations of novels, or even screenplays created by some of the greatest authors or playwrights of their times.

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Mike Leigh and His Affinity for Writing Brilliant Female Characters

The director of Happy-Go-Lucky tells PopMatters: “…Each of us is the center of his or her universe. Everybody is as valid as everybody else.”

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17 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

By One’s Own Hand, Then

On the one hand society at large relies on moral and theological arguments to ban suicide; on the other our world is plagued with destructive wars and suicidal conflicts.

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Part 3: The Classics You Should Have Seen By Now

The title of this section is pretty much self-explanatory. Attention! Film nerds! If you haven’t seen all of these, you will be made fun of in Film Studies classes.

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