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How It Slips Away: ‘The Breaking Point’ Crosses Hemingway With Noir

Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

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Battlefield Losses: 5 Thoughts on Episode 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’

Sunday’s episode (spoiler alert) was the most action-crazed yet in this jittery, jazzed-up, on-edge season.

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Sisters Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne Cover Favorite Songs on Their First Duet Album

“When I hear those modern country records on the mainstream radio, I hear such a cynicism and darkness, it’s depressing to me,” Moorer said.

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21 Aug 2017 // 9:36 AM

Jerry Lewis - GENIUS!

In the wake of Jerry Lewis’ passing, we revisit this article from 2009 highlighting the legendary comedian’s movie-making.

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‘Goodbye, Things’, on Japanese Minimalism, Requires a Certain Maximalist Means

Sasaki's simplify-your-life minimalism plan requires a certain amount of disposable income to achieve.

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Close Encounters of the 4th Kind with the Sun Ra Arkestra in San Francisco

Allen leads the Arkestra in building a steady groove with layers of rich horn melodies over a tribal beat, with a torchy female vocal about those feisty angels and demons on the cosmic plane.

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21 Aug 2017 // 8:43 AM

Hollow Everdaze: Cartoons

Psychedelic pop '60s style meets '90s shoegaze in a record that sadly sounds like an album's worth of decent filler tracks without the singles or highlights.

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21 Aug 2017 // 8:31 AM

Photay: Onism

Photay's full-length debut is is jam-packed with dense instrumentals that take inspiration from all over the world and all over the musical spectrum.

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Dent May: Across the Multiverse

With his fourth full-length, tunesmith Dent May finally settles into a persona well-suited to his particular brand of technicolor retro-pop, resulting in one of the best pop albums of 2017.

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Being Human: Rag’n'Bone Man and the Authenticities of Voice

Human fits alongside the works of Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, but can Rag'n'Bone Man's distinctive gospel-blues voice find a place on the American charts?

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‘Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays’ Attempts to Escape the Progress Trap

Recovering the sacred for a secular mindset, Paul Kingsnorth restores the awe and the caution of the numinous.

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The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs have always had a way of conjuring sweepingly romantic images of the open road, but A Deeper Understanding finds them as desolate and far from home as they've ever been.

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Sabahattin Ali’s ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’: The Turkish Novel That Refuses to Die

Maureen Freely, president of English PEN, talks with PopMatters about this slim, decades-old romance that has emerged as a symbol of resistance in the face of brutal state repression.

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Sziget Festival 2017: 25 Years of Love, Part 2

The 25th anniversary celebration of the great cultural events sees somewhat smaller crowds, promises major changes in the next quarter of a century, and the love keeps growing.

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BBQ Thrills London with International Flavors and a Spice Up From TABASCO (sponsor)

How TABASCO hot sauce is spicing up London's international BBQ scene.

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Chantal Akerman’s ‘Jeanne Dielman’ in Many Ways Strikes One As a Vermeer Painting Come to Life

This remarkable film shares many qualities with Vermeer’s paintings of domestic interiors in its obsession with frontality and its exquisite concern with the rich textures of Interior space.

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U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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Consumption, Performance, and ‘The Agony of Eros’

Byung-Chul Han argues that love, sex, and even theory are disappearing in consumer cultures because our systems of finances and behaviors erode the Other in favor of sameness.

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18 Aug 2017 // 9:15 AM

Chase & Status - “Love Me More” ft. Emeli Sandé

This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst.

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Valerie June and Dan Zanes - “Take This Hammer” (audio) (premiere)

Dan Zanes teams up with Valerie June on the brilliant remake of a 1942 Lead Belly single.

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