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‘A Town Called Malice’: What’s Happened to Working-Class Music?

Is it possible that the very idea of the working class doesn't exist in popular music today -- as if it's been erased?

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Spoken-Hearted: An Interview With OVEOUS

Finding a softly sensual counterpoint to the minimal robotic grooves, rapper OVEOUS employs a haunting and hot-blooded practice in humanizing the machine.

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Is There a Solution for the PhD Problem?

If I manage to complete my PhD, this credential will be supplemented by a CV full of exciting accomplishments and experiences, but it will have come at a significant price.

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Musicians Are Cowards: An Interview with Pere Ubu’s David Thomas

Rock savant David Thomas, of art "punk" acts Pere Ubu and Rocket from the Tombs, weasels his way out of logical contradictions surrounding the early days, consumer culture, and the state of music today.

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Exploring the Morality of Romance within ‘Brief Encounter’, 60 Years On

If rom-coms are the easiest way to zippily engage with the caprices of love and still find a happy ending, then romantic tragedies show the extent to which love can be ruinous, challenging, and largely unfulfilling.

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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 // 2:00 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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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 // 11:02 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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'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

// Moving Pixels

"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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