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The Unfathomable Confessions of Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run, is on a mission to deliver us into the paradox of holy terror.

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Lowering the Boom: An Interview with Boz Boorer

Although an acclaimed collaborator of Morrissey's and Adam Ant's, Boz Boorer still has a focused solo career, and speaks to PopMatters about Age of Boom, his latest salvo.

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Harry Belafonte and the Art of Activism

Harry Belafonte's life and work looms large over this moment, when artists of color are exercising their activist voices.

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Readings on Eluvium: Putting Matthew Cooper into Perspective

In this interview, Eluvium describes the cognitive dissonance that birthed his new album and opens up about his perceived identity in the modern compositional landscape.

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Why Are So Many White Americans So Fearful These Days?

Published just as many white American conservatives embrace a xenophobic demagogue as their savior, Hochschild’s emotive and empathic study provides guidance for how the US came to this crisis point.

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‘Feral’ Creator Morgan Jon Fox on Telling One’s Own Story

Fox discusses art, illness, community, and the importance of not losing touch with one's roots.

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Nation-Building on Bajor: Why ‘Deep Space Nine’ Is Really the Post-9/11 ‘Star Trek’

Despite debuting in the early '90s, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine offers timely insights into 21st-century global politics.

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Adding Spice Amid the Chaos, an Interview With Faith No More’s Billy Gould

Faith No More's producer, songwriter and bassist on the songwriting craft, the re-release of their first album, and the real reasons behind guitarist Jim Martin's departure.

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Necessary Failure in Marlon Brando’s ‘One-Eyed Jacks’

In Marlon Brando's world, there is no self, just inept flailing gestures pointing to the void. See One-Eyed Jacks at Film Forum this week.

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The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology

In this excerpt from his memoir, Thomas Dolby recalls the breathtaking experience of playing with David Bowie at Live Aid, 2004.

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A Marimba in Every Pot: Thor Harris on Friends, Minimalism, and the Unknowable Audience

Thor Harris talks about his new band, Thor & Friends. Or, as he puts it, "Awesome ladies playing marimba and xylophone."

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13 Oct 2016 // 1:30 AM

Future Technology in the ‘Star Trek’ Reboots: Complex Future(s)

Star Trek doesn’t foretell a type of future as a concrete inevitable outcome and final destination, it presents us with a fictional diegetic vision of how the world could be.

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Brought to You By the Letter ‘E’: Thalia Zedek on Her New Records, New Band

Thalia Zedek discusses how she turned toward quieter music after the breakup of Come and how a creative rut led her back to the land of the loud.

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“This Is the Next World”: The Stealth Futurism of ‘Person of Interest’

Beneath the procedural trappings, Person of Interest offers a nuanced portrayal of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.

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Hymns and Confessions: A Conversation With Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter

Crescenzo is proud yet humble, blunt, and occasionally enigmatic in discussing Act V, as well as the past and future of The Dear Hunter in general.

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Future Technology in the ‘Star Trek’ Reboots: Tethered and Performative

If space is the “final frontier”, then the technology that facilitates the adventure is one of the central mechanisms by which we can learn new things about ourselves and our society.

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Real Dreams of the West Coast: An Interview with Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox

"This was the first record I've ever made where I felt like it was totally understood by people."

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10 Oct 2016 // 1:00 AM

Nick Cave Predicts the End of Western Civilization

With “Higgs Boson Blues”, Cave simultaneously bemoans and embraces the existential crisis caused by hyperreality.

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Just How Heroic Is Star Trek’s “I Don’t Like to Lose” James T. Kirk?

Captain James Tiberius Kirk sets the benchmark by which we can measure the decline of the “hero” into anti-heroism.

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Part Journal, Part Art Exhibit: An Interview with Hiss Golden Messenger

"I had just quit my job and I think I was having a bit of an existential crisis because all of a sudden I had gotten what I had been hoping for, which is to be able to devote my days and waking hours, creative hours, to making music, to making art."

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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