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Slavoj Zizek and Black America: Zizek Visits the ‘Tavis Smiley Show’

When you make jokes about black culture, the wrong people laugh at the wrong times for the wrong reasons. Slavoj Zizek tells Tavis Smiley why... sort of.

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You Are Not Alone: An Interview with Majical Cloudz

Devon Welsh describes the strange, amazing world of Are You Alone?

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“There Are No Half-Measures”: An Interview with the Zombies’ Rod Argent

How many rock stars have opened the World Cup, performed with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Who, created two distinct and massively successful rock bands and released an album of classical music? One. Rod Argent is back to talk about the past, present and future of the Zombies.

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3 Nov 2015 // 1:00 AM

Pro-Apocalyptic, or, Why We’re Bored With the Post-Apocalyptic

The continued appeal of post-apocalyptic entertainment reflects our culture’s exhaustion with the genre’s historically prophetic (and moralistic) warnings about exploitation, materialism, and consumerism.

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Moon Taxi Marries Person and Professional On ‘Daybreaker’

Once known primarily for its live shows, Moon Taxi continues its glide toward become an established--and memorable--studio band.

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The Empire of Scientism Strikes Back

Despite what Steven Pinker has claimed in his epic debate with Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic, science is less Theory of Everything and more Harper's "Findings".

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As Long as There’s Fire: David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ to ‘The Next Day’

Forty years after "Heroes", we discover the doomed couple wasn’t so doomed after all, those declarations of love weren’t as futile as we thought, and there are indeed heroes to be found.

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Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC

A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.

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29 Oct 2015 // 10:02 AM

Seeing Traces With Son Volt’s Jay Farrar

As Rhino Records prepares to release the 20th anniversary set of Son Volt’s classic debut, Farrar relives the success of Trace.

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Part Past Part Fiction: A Conversation with the Chills’ Martin Phillipps

Martin Phillipps discusses his struggles as well as his creative reawakening and his newest album, Silver Bullets, a record that's been in the works some form or another for nearly two decades.

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‘Playboy’ and the End of Nudity

Whatever one thinks of Playboy, the idea that more amateurishly produced Internet pornography has become the norm is troubling, particularly from an aesthetic perspective.

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All in a Day’s Work: The Kurt Vile Interview

In the midst of supporting new album b'lieve i'm goin' down, Kurt Vile talks about family, inspiration, and blue-collar life (Philly style).

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We’re Not Groupies, We’re Band-Aids: How the Fans Loved and Destroyed One Direction

The millions of young women in One Direction's fan base both made the band -- and made sure that they would never be artists in their own right.

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The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’—But Oh, That Magic Feeling, Nowhere to Go

Abbey Road still fills me with the sense of wonder and fascination it did when listening to it over and over on my dad’s turntable.

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What Happened to Truth When Indiana Jones Became an Adjective?

Indiana Jones was born to be a cult object. What does that mean nearly four decades later, when prestigious institutions have embraced this artifice?

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Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Behaviour’ 25 Years Later

Behaviour is an important album with incisive songwriting and mature, sophisticated arrangements. The gamut of human emotion running through the fabric of 10 songs that are highly polished and real. It’s due for a serious reassessment.

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Bill Maher and the Perils of the Commentator-Comedian

To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.

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Hard Knocks and Hilarity: An Interview With Luenell

Comedienne Luenell testifies to the oppression, perseverance, and resilience of black women in comedy.

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19 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Auto-Tune In or Out?

Those who would doubt the influence of music technology on the development of pop music need to remember that rock music would not be possible without the invention of the electric guitar.

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15 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

Good Christian Bad Girls: Britney Spears and Lana Del Rey

Both Lana Del Rey and Britney Spears have walked the line between virgin coquette and sexual object, and the similarities between them suggest Del Rey has taken up Spears’ mantle of good girl gone bad.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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