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Greetings From the Third World: Revisiting Sepultura’s Genre-Changing ‘Roots’

Sepultura blew the doors open on our definitions of metal and so-called "world music", effectively creating a whole new paradigm. We haven't heard anything quite like it since.

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Clouds, Thunder, and the Narrative of Structure: An Interview With Pinkshinyultrablast

Though thematic clashes of good and evil are entertaining, Pinkshinyultrablast acknowledge that structure has its importance when carving their dreamy tracks.

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The Cure: Ranking the Albums From 13 to 1

With their first tour in years, now is the perfect time to review the sterling catalog of one of the most substantive and influential bands of the last 40 years.

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Marit Larsen on the Power of Nordic Pop Music and How to Cultivate a Cult Audience

Marit Larsen is the hyper-talented Nordic pop heroine that many should-be fans in North America have yet to discover.

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Was Frederick Douglass America’s First Media-savvy Political Activist?

The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.

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23 Mar 2016 // 1:59 AM

Gracie Allen for President!

The Comedian's 1940 Surprise Party brought America much needed unwise wisdom and foggy acuity.

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The Threat Down: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Ten Biggest Controversies

Although Stewart and Colbert both ended their runs with their reputations largely intact, one can't forget the duo's most controversial moments. This is the "Threat Down" Count Down.

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22 Mar 2016 // 2:00 AM

On David Bowie’s Life of Resistance

David Bowie's life shows us that the boundaries imposed by a dominant culture are more fluid than mainstream society allows – and that resistance is not futile.

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Local Music for Global Action: Massilia Sound System’s Political Intervention

Massilia introduced new themes into the repertoire of French left-wing music, exhorting listeners to confront postcolonial realities, embrace the increasingly multicultural character of French society, and combat the global neoliberal turn.

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Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin’s Hip-Hop Surrealism

Maestro Gamin's surreal and irregular grooves court hip-hop culture as much as they do jazz, his music transmitting from some Dadaist aperture of sound.

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17 Mar 2016 // 2:00 AM

‘The Walking Dead’ and the Rise of Donald Trump

The Walking Dead offers an excellent frame with which to view Trump’s candidacy and shifts in American society.

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Flower Turned Inside-Out: An Interview with Glenn Jones

He's the master of the American primitive guitar, but Glenn Jones followed up the most personal album of his career with proof that he has no signs of slowing down.

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Soviet Misfit: The Life and Music of BB Gabor

A Hungarian-born refugee haunted by a host of personal demons, BB Gabor made a startling impression in Toronto's punk scene of the early '80s, producing arresting works of pop music which have left an indelible mark in Canada's rock music history.

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Wriggling Down the Rabbit Hole Again With ‘The Esquire’, the Follow-up to ‘The Institute’

Arye Michael Bender reprises his role as defrocked '70s guru Octavio Coleman in the upcoming part spin-off, part sequel, part prequel and completely mind-bending film, The Esquire.

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Soul Searching, Songwriting and Straight Up Hustling With Jim Lauderdale

It was a Sunday when Jim Lauderdale bumped into an old friend. Before he knew it it was Tuesday and he was on his way to making two new albums.

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9 Mar 2016 // 3:30 AM

‘Jessica Jones’ and Gendered Forms of Seeing

It’s alarming that Jessica Jones' expressions of self-control and autonomy play into rather than controvert the pedophilic misogyny she fights in the form of Kilgrave.

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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: The Rise of Toronto’s Nixxon

Redressing the issues of a troubled past, Toronto's Nixxon, a one-time musical associate of the Weeknd, cuts his own swath with the release of his new album -- a gothic-futurist exercise in R&B.

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Tomorrow Belongs to Me: “Freedom’s Call”, Donald Trump and Propaganda

When you see and hear a group of children in star-spangled cheerleader outfits lip-syncing the words “Cowardice! Are you serious?” to an EDM reworking of the 1917 patriotic song “Over There”, that is the moment you should wake up.

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“A Bit of Organization and a Lot of Patience”: An Interview with M. Ward

When not being the Him in She & Him or producing for the likes of Mavis Staples, M. Ward just keeps puttin' out solo albums, collaborating with friends, and remaining cryptic as ever.

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Defending Chicago’s ‘Defender’

It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.

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Virtual Reality and Storytelling: What Happens When Art and Technology Collide?

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"Virtual reality is changing the face of entertainment, and I can see a future when I will find myself inside VR listening to some psych-rock while meditating on an asteroid.

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