Shake It Up: All the Music Thats Fit to Freak Out About

‘Shake It Up’: All the Music That’s Fit to Freak Out About

By Chris Barsanti

The Library of America’s rollicking greatest-hits volume of music criticism is an awesomely unwieldy pile of opinion that celebrates not just music, but the very act of appreciating and understanding it. 22 May 2017 // 9:30 AM

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This is film beyond entertainment -- it's the observational curiosity of art to reflect back an intimate view of ourselves that bridges the literal and non-literal.

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Mokoomba: Luyando

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Penguin Cafe: The Imperfect Sea

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Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art: A Definitive History and Showcase in a Genre-shattering Collective

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PWR BTTM: Pageant

PWR BTTM's Pageant is an excellent, varied collection of indie rock songs that explicate queerness in our current moment.

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Zac Brown Band: Welcome Home

The erstwhile country band returns to the style of their debut to explore their travels, where they make home, and taking the next steps forward.

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While some historians classify prison films as offshoots of the gangster film, Kehrwald sees the prison film as relating more closely to social problem films and melodramas.

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How is a working class outlier to thrive at an elite school she earned her way into, but clearly cannot afford?

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Supernatural Sets the Stage for Season Finalé With “There's Something About Mary”

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"A busy episode in which at least one character dies, two become puppets, and three are trapped and left for dead in an unlikely place.

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