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Julien Baker’s ‘Real Life’ Music Tugs at the Heartstrings

The singer from Tennessee released one of the exceptional records of 2015 in Sprained Ankle.

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The Best Pop Albums of 2015

This wasn't just a great year for pop music, it was the year when pop music was solely responsible for nearly all of 2015's best albums.

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Finding Success Before “Fame”: Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar Trace Their Uptown Roots

Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar, who actually lived "Uptown Funk", retrace their uptown roots, their breakthrough at the Apollo Theater, and how they brought funk to Sesame Street.

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Ryan Bingham Conquers Fear and Loathing to Rock the American Dream

Ryan Bingham’s disarming and humble take on socio-political affairs once again shows music's cathartic power to transcend difficult times.

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Born in a Trunk, Raised on the Stage: An Interview with Leslie Uggams

Celebrating a lifetime on stage and screen, Leslie Uggams reflects on Broadway, her roles in Roots and Deadpool, and why Pharrell makes her happy.

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Pop Will Eat Itself: On PC Music’s Twisted Art

PC Music has been a source of controversy since the Internet-based label's inception. Those conversations might help shine light on the way the Internet is changing the way we talk about art.

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40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

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Ray Harryhausen’s Legacy: Monster Movies, Special Effects, and the Sci-Fi Fanzine

All of Harryhausen’s invocations of mythical antiquity deserve attention and study, regardless of their fidelity to ancient sources, and despite (or perhaps because of) the rise of 'New Hollywood' and the summer blockbuster.

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‘Victoria’ Director on How He Made the Most Thrilling “Crazy Little Dog” of the Year

Sebastian Schipper has created a single-take marvel that has won awards, invigorated young audiences, and is finally hitting Stateside.

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20 Nov 2015 // 3:00 AM

Paul McCartney’s “War” and “Peace”

Paul McCartney recently re-released two of his albums from the early '80s: Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, making this the perfect time to reconsider a critical period in his career.

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Ian Buruma: A Voice of Tolerance and Erudition Among Liberalism’s Intellectuals

In Theater of Cruelty the politics of love, war, and popular culture define the career of one of today’s foremost public intellectuals.

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Cole Porter in the Age of AIDS: The 25th Anniversary of ‘Red Hot + Blue’

Today's pop culture is as intolerant as ever of aging and illness but Porter’s great wit remains ideal for expressions of love, solace, and desire in the age of AIDS.

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On Ameripolitan: A Lesson in Country Music from Dale Watson

No, Dale Watson didn't watch the CMA Awards, because he founded his own, and the flagship Ameripolitan artist doesn't hold back about the state of the scene, why he broke off from the mainstream, and his fiery new album.

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No More Bones: An Interview With CHVRCHES

With Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES vaults the bar set by its debut, The Bones of What You Believe. Multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook speaks with PopMatters to explain just how that happened.

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The Empress Of Impossible Dreams

Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of) is a no-bullshit pop music storyteller for our modern age, and talks to PopMatters about the numerous cultural influences of her debut full-length Me.

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Performing Politics: Judith Butler and the Struggle for the Street

We may hate that we are vulnerable and dependent upon one another, argues Judith Butler, but it's that very interdependence that allows us to mobilize together as social movements.

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Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

George Cotkin's engaging and accessible portrait of "The New Sensibility", which sought to push culture in extreme directions: either towards stark minimalism or gaudy maximalism.

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13 Nov 2015 // 3:00 AM

On RiFF RAFF, Resisting Capitalism, and Black Stereotypes

Is RiFF RaFF is making fun of black culture? Does RiFF RaFF know what he’s doing? Is he doing it on purpose?

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Winona Ryder Talks With PopMatters About the ‘Experimenter’

Winona Ryder speaks to PopMatters about Experimenter, aging in Hollywood, and why she's the only actress who doesn't want to direct.

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No Gays Allowed: Religious Hypocrisy and the Refusal of Services

Those who refuse service to the LGBT community claim their religious beliefs are being attacked. What they are really doing is showing ignorance of their own religion.

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'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

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"Knee Deep's elaborate stage isn't meant to convey a sense of spatial reality, it's really just a mechanism for cool scene transitions. And boy are they cool.

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