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2 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Rock Hits Wall

Does a conservative obsession with its past threaten the originality and imagination of today's rock music? Pink Floyd's The Wall casts a long shadow on the genre.

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20 Questions: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho's "Beautiful" tour, launched in Australia, hits the States March 6th. But first she pauses to braid a big beasty boy's hair, do a little shimmy, and answer PopMatters 20 Questions.

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The Rickshaw as an Endangered Species

Bangladesh's endangered rickshaws and wallahs serve as brightly coloured, moving works of art, and as constant, mobile displays of human nature – often at its best.

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28 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Extra Ordinary: Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Mad Prophets

Despite its talking hamburgers, mechanical rabbits and the like, Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force is less surreal than hyperreal.

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Dear Planet Earth: An Interview with Sebastian Bach

Through reality shows, theater appearances, and Hep Alien, the enthusiastic Bach keeps his focus (and his funding) on his music, even if the industry is a bitchslap.

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A Little Personality Goes a Long Way

If sport is the new entertainment, its stars need to astound, amuse and bemuse us. I’m not asking for the full Bobby Fischer, but an occasional bit of craziness would definitely be welcome.

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The Grand Tension of Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins is a stubborn, one-man army, relentlessly pushing the film medium in a direction that is more challenging, productive, and involving.

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Souled American,  Around the Horn (1990)

Chicago’s Souled American's album, Around the Horn, may be the most uniquely beautiful alt-country album you’ve never heard.

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26 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Dear Lost: Lose the Guns

The gunplay in Lost shot past the ken of lessons-not-learned in Screenwriting 101 and blasted into an over-the-top Marx Brothers routine.

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Rejecting the Conventional Industry: The Independent Gaming Scene

What makes the games these people produce so impressive is not just the dedication of the people making them, but the staggering creativity that makes so many of them stand out.

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The Best of the Basket Cases: Round 1

Deep down, in spite of all the bad music I have to plow through, I'm still that 17-year-old kid that can't believe he's getting sent free CDs. I know, I know; it's a rough gig.

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I Felt Like Another Country Myself: An Interview with Tift Merritt

PopMatters talks to Merritt in a revealing and engrossing discussion. She gives insight into her art, her career, and how the two are sometimes at odds with one another.

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Missing Places I’ve Never Been: A Love Letter to Alex Ross

The appeal, the madness of Ross' painting is that it makes a scene involving a fight between spandex-clad do-gooders seem almost as important as Rockwell's depiction of the first step to end racial segregation.

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I Am Obama: The American Imagination and the New Black Hero

If Americans are willing to believe that the former Fresh Prince of West Philly can save the world all by himself, then there is a possibility that a black man may be the next president of the United States.

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24 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

20 Questions: Mike Doughty

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is a Renaissance Man of sorts, plying his trade as a musician, songwriter, poet, playwright, photographer, and blogger and he answers PopMatters' 20 questions.

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21 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Trout Fishing in America

Richard Brautigan’s minimalist prose wove hallucinations into social commentary, pastoral meditations into cultural satire, and journalistic reports about mundane existence into nihilistic, punkish sirens.

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21 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Jake

Chinatown remains a stalwart of '70s cinema. The uninspired follow-up 16 years later reminds one that, sometimes, a masterpiece needs to simply be left alone.

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21 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

Move Over Alpha Geeks, Here Come the Fangrrls

Thousands of women gather for a sci-fi convention, and they have a pretty great life, thanks very much.

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A New Era: Infinite Crisis, Civil War, and the End of the Modern Age of Comics

The changes in the superhero mythos resulting mainly from Infinite Crisis, Civil War show the Modern Age has ended and the Postmodern Age is here. A new era in superhero comics has begun.

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20 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Every Good Boy Does Fine

Required to take a music class in high school I signed up for chorus, but the teacher offered me $50 to drop the class – and other ruminations about learning to play the piano.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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