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Let the Darkness In: Johnny Indovina Reflects on 30 Years of Human Drama

For every band that makes it big, there are countless others working for the love of creation. Human Drama is one of those bands.

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4 the Tears in Your Eyes: Remembering Prince

A reflection on the life and death of Prince, one of popular music's greatest artists.

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21 Apr 2016 // 9:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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Criticism: It Gets Personal

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott defends his craft in a thought-provoking book, even as he gets attacked by the very industry he critiques.

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Of ‘Men & Chicken’: An Interview With Director Anders Thomas Jensen

Jensen once again teams up with his muse, Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen, for a twisted comedic romp that is sure to have fans of black comedy squealing with glee.

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20 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

Kiss My Grit: 19th Annual Full Frame Film Festival 2016

Full Frame has that roughly perfect doc fest combo of grit and grits: viable texture, more heavy than fluffy, at times a bit cheesy, sometimes sweet, and always a worthwhile indulgence.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Our Reluctant, Agnostic, Hippy Guru

Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.

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There’s Music Coming From ‘The Last House on Dead End Street’

Having apparently blown $2,200 of his $3,000 budget on coke, Roger Watkins turned to what's known as ‘library music' to salvage a decent soundtrack.

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Murder for Two: Oedipal Death-Cycles in ‘The Eye of the Beholder’

Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.

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Without a Net: A Conversation with Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton: "(W)hen I do finally kick the bucket it's going to read 'Frampton drops dead', it's not going to say 'Frampton Comes Alive!', anymore."

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18 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Cloud Nine: Interview with Hælos

They broke on Soundcloud and are being hailed as a successor to the sound of trip-hop greats like Massive Attack. But HÆLOS are out to craft a legacy all their own.

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18 Apr 2016 // 2:00 AM

Persona and Modern Music in 17 Songs

Persona -- the “I” of the song -- has evolved, broadened, and expanded to more fully represent a diversity of experiences as well as emotional, political, and cultural orientations.

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‘Hardcore Henry’ Tells Gamers Sorry, There Is No Princess

Hardcore Henry questions gamers' instinctual need to fulfill a particular role within the context of a presumed masculine identity.

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Is Copyright Killing Creativity?

It's time to move toward an open-source model for literary and creative production, argues Illegal Literature, a provocative new challenge to traditional copyright models.

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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces—addiction, abuse, fear—that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time.

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‘Disruptive Film’ Creates a Constellation Where the Past and Present Meet

One should approach this collection not unlike how Walter Benjamin approached collecting books: ".... not as dry, isolated facts, but as a harmonious whole..."

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Bottled Out of Eccentricity: A Conversation With Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld

Knifeworld mastermind Kavus Torabi discusses the positive rewiring effects of LSD, Gong's late Daevid Allen, and Knifeworld's newest, Bottled Out of Eden.

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‘Master of None’ and Serial Storytelling in the Binge-Viewing Era

Master of None encapsulates the storytelling shifts brought about by the binge-watching phenomenon.

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What’s So Funny? Stewart/Colbert and the Short Shelf Life of Satire

The spot-on satire of series such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show is their longevity's worst enemy.

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Authority Issues: Questioning Authorial Control in the Films of Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier’s reputation rests on his ability to create and shape narratives of control, but has this approach always proven successful?

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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