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Hip-Hop Abroad: An Interview With Chad Hartigan and Markees Christmas

Chad Hartigan and Markees Christmas break down their new cross-cultural, coming-of-age movie, Morris From America.

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8 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Reluctant Superhero: The Bionics

Television sci-fi finally landed on a winning formula with the reluctant, cyborg-like bionic superheroes, Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers.

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Hometown Blues: An Interview With John Krasinski and Margo Martindale of ‘The Hollars’

John Krasinski and Margo Martindale talk about family, parenthood, and their new film, The Hollars.

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At Last, a Sober and Punk Rendering of Bruce Springsteen’s Life and Work

Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.

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“I Want to Feel Something Real”: An Interview With St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones talks with PopMatters about the band's quick rise and the inspirations, faith, art, and business behind new album Sea of Noise.

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Out of the Ashes and Making Smashes: Welcoming Whitney

Born from the ashes of Chicago's beloved rock stalwarts Smith Westerns comes Whitney: a sly pop duo whose sharp changes in direction and sound may very well change your life.

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“What’s Wrong With You?” Girlhood, Genre, and ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger Things is part of a long cinematic tradition of boyhood, including steamrolling more nuanced portrayals of girlhood.

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Are You ‘Wasting Time on the Internet’? Is That Such a Bad Thing?

"I’m reading these days -- ironically, on the web -- that we don’t read anymore."

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The Sustaining Lure of the Paris Commune

Today's equivalent to the Paris Commune is a New York in which Zucotti Park did not merely occupy Wall Street but burned it to the ground, hung the bankers, and opened the borders.

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‘Young Frankenstein’ and Gene Wilder’s Neighing Legacy

Young Frankenstein is a key film in Wilder’s cinematic legacy, and we are part of Wilder’s legacy every time we quote (even "neigh") Young Frankenstein.

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1 Sep 2016 // 7:52 AM

Keeping It Real: An Interview with Lydia Loveless

"I don't think you can make very good art if you're not coming from an honest place."

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On the Real Altamont and the Fake Rolling Stones

Joel Selvin’s new book digs deep into the seventh circle of rock music’s hell.

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“I Had to Step Up My Game”: An Interview with Nels Cline of Wilco

In a candid interview with PopMatters, Nels Cline discusses his new double album, why it took a quarter of a century to come to fruition, and his role in the ever-evolving Wilco.

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Brendan Canning Keeps It Domestic With ‘Home Wrecking Years’

Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning wanted everyone to chill but in order to do some chilling of his own, he had to put together a band. Then that band made a record.

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Writing in Subtext: The Brilliance and the Problems of ‘Steven Universe’

Steven Universe may be one of the most progressive cartoons ever, but it still stumbles when it comes to depictions of race.

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Entering the Void: A Reflection on Beardfish

Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.

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Frank Ocean and a Short History of Spite Albums

Frank Ocean's Endless, the decidedly less commercial of his two recent releases, might just be a victory for artists who've been forced to release music to fulfill contractual obligations. Here's a look at some of history's more significant spite albums.

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Assessing Their Performance: The Burnside Project Legacy

Burnside Project had audience members screaming their quirky electropop lyrics back at them one moment and shrugging the next. Here, Burnside Project's rise and fall is documented, culminating in a free download of their unreleased private masterpiece.

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Extra Large Popcorn, Please: The Film Forum’s “Return of the Double Feature”

Originating as a practical means to ensure financial solvency, the “double feature” may now serve a more profound aesthetic purpose.

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The New Oral History: Chris Shiflett and Steve Dawson’s Smart, Listenable Podcasts

There are more podcasts than you can shake a flash drive at these days. Though the number of 'casts that embrace Americana music is growing, these two stand out.

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The Horrors, the Horrors, or Get Your Halloween On

// Short Ends and Leader

"This bevy of B or Z horrors upclassed to Blu-ray will help you get scared the old-fashioned way.

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