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For The Time Being: Robbie Fulks Reflects on His Rural Heritage With ‘Upland Stories’

For a moment Robbie Fulks worried that he'd gone to the well of southern life one too many times. Then he decided to embrace the kind of music and stories he loves best. The result? A new career high with the album Upland Stories.

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Love in the Time of Reboots: My 2017 ‘Twin Peaks’ Dysfunction

Despite the specter of disappointment, it's hard not to get excited over the potential of Twin Peaks' reboot.

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Mogwai Explores the Nuclear Age’s Benefits and Disasters on ‘Atomic’

Mogwai finds ways to balance their music to their political stance -- complete nuclear disarmament of all countries in possession of weapons of mass destruction -- with a strong emphasis of dynamics to match the themes of annihilation, despair, and hope, albeit bleak.

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‘Gilda’ Is an Invitation to Look Deeper Into Pop Culture

Beautiful, classic, important, and thoroughly complex, Gilda is a real “aficionado” film, and yet it has an undeniable popular appeal.

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‘The Hunger Games’: The Writer’s Cut Really Is Better (Sponsored Article)

Even if you've seen The Hunger Games films dozens of times, the books will reveal character complexities that were left out of the film adaptations.

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Why Is Opera So Derided in America?

Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel offers everything movie goers seek: debauchery, religious obsession, exorcisms, devilish abuses, graphic sexual assault, and a variety of horrific effects both musical and visual.

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Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeida’s Excellent ‘Richard III&#8217

Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.

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Who’s Better Than Mark Twain at Bible-bashing?

Sounding more like Christopher Hitchens than a lapsed Presbyterian from the 19th century, Mark Twain rips apart Testaments Old and New.

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Living the Dream: Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar Remember David Bowie and Luther Vandross

"Then we got to a point in our lives when we met David Bowie … and I didn’t even know who David Bowie was."

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‘Someone Else’ Director Nelson Kim on the Fluidity of Identity

"The puzzle, or mindfuck film, if you will, is an inherently cinematic idea. Something about the very nature of cinema invites playing around with different levels of reality."

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Principled Pleasure: Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ at 30 Still Commands Respect

A masterpiece of self worth-themed contextual pop proves our idiocy for downgrade shaming her to the status of "wardrobe malfunction".

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UCLA Film & Television Archive to the Rescue

The Chase, Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run and The Southerner are all examples of postwar indie cinema that had fallen through the cracks -- until now.

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Packing Bags and Hittin’ the Road: A Look Back on Music Gatherings of Yore

Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?

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To Gong or Not to Gong? ‘The Gong Show Movie’

The Gong Show was screwball to the point of centrifuge. So how did The Gong Show Movie find itself being gonged?

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Leave Me Out of Your Loop: An Interview with Homeboy Sandman

A fixture in the indie hip-hop scene, Homeboy Sandman pivots from sociological commentary to personal rumination on new album Kindness for Weakness.

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Flea-Market Music: On the Glorious Cacophony of The Felice Brothers

Their style is loose, but not without form; cluttered, though sometimes spare; common, but not ordinary; discounted, but not cheap; public, but out-of-the-way; historical, but liable to disappear at any moment.

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‘The Restless Clock’ Will Have You Pondering the Matter of Matter

History of science professor Dr. Jessica Riskin examines how we banished agency from the science of living things.

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Eliot Sumner: An Adrenaline Junkie on Stage (Governors Ball 2016 Interview + Photos)

Eliot Sumner's second studio album Information was strongly influenced by Krautrock. She's currently on the road, including a stop at Governors Ball Music Festival.

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The Eye Pointed In: An Interview with Spencer Krug of Moonface

Man of many hats Spencer Krug discusses new Moonface release My Best Human Face, future collaborations, and avoiding "just icing" lyrics.

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Doctor Who: “Seeing patterns in things that aren’t there”

How a '90s Doctor Who might have been uniquely Doctor Who while differing greatly from what it actually ended up becoming.

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Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

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"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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