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Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

To encounter Scott H. Biram live-and-in-person, you’d figure Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister had kin in Caldwell County, a distant cousin steeped in Willie Dixon and Lightnin Hopkins.

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

In Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’, everything exists on an elevated Expressionist plane; every detail dovetails into its hermetic philosophies and ironies.

‘Voulez Vous’: ABBA’s Poptimist Manifesto at 45

‘Voulez Vous’: ABBA’s Poptimist Manifesto at 45

On Voulez Vous, ABBA went disco and created a turbo-charged version of their music. The raucous choruses of Voulez Vouz preview a decade of pop.

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Is the Barbie movie, like the Barbie dolls, a superficial attempt to co-opt feminist discourse? Or does it offer something substantial? 

50 Years On: Roxy Music and Robert Palmer Transcended Fashion

50 Years On: Roxy Music and Robert Palmer Transcended Fashion

In 1974, Roxy Music and Robert Palmer transcended changes in musical fashions not only in terms of their influence but without sacrificing their artistry.

Meet the Beaches’ Beating Heart: Drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel

Meet the Beaches’ Beating Heart: Drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel

Getting heard in a band of super-powered women can be challenging, but the Beaches’ Eliza Enman-McDaniel does so much more than bang her drum all day.

Why Steve Albini Mattered So Much to Music

Why Steve Albini Mattered So Much to Music

The death of artist and recording engineer Steve Albini leaves popular music bereft of one of its staunchest defenders against corporatized greed and conformity.

Zionism, Belonging, and George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’

Zionism, Belonging, and George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’

George Eliot was not Jewish, but her 1876 novel Daniel Deronda took on the “Jewish question” and brought forth the concept of Zionism with knowledge and grace.

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Nicholas Ma’s humorous, warm and sensitive directorial feature debut, Mabel, embraces the messy uncertainty of life, for children and adults.

Genre Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny: Rethinking Musical Genre for the Streaming Era

Genre Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny: Rethinking Musical Genre for the Streaming Era

Is “genre” really dead, dissolving, or disappearing? Are traditional categories like hip-hop, rock, R&B, folk, soul, and jazz less meaningful than before?

‘World of Giants’ Is Cold War Sci-Fi Espionage with a Small Difference

‘World of Giants’ Is Cold War Sci-Fi Espionage with a Small Difference

World of Giants is catnip and dog-nip and gopher-nip for connoisseurs of classic sci-fi TV ’50s style, aka, the art of really short half-hour storytelling.

The Oral History of Grizzly Bear’s Wild Remix Album

The Oral History of Grizzly Bear’s Wild Remix Album

Two decades ago, the hushed indie-rock luminaries Grizzly Bear released a buzzy acoustic debut. A year later, it got a wild remix LP. This is its story.