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The Flipside #13: U2's 'Pop'

U2's 1997 LP Pop marked peak sell-out for a very authentic '80s band. With a new vinyl reissue, the Flipside boys revisit it and wonder if it deserves to be as maligned as it is.

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Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Deluxe Edition)

Mystery Girl, possibly one of the few ‘80s pop masterpieces, makes it to a deluxe version, with an expanded CD and DVD documentary. If only we could always live in dreams.

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K'naan: Country, God or the Girl

It’s his fierce intelligence as a lyrical predator that redeems his stylish poses. It’s precisely when the listener lets his guard down that K’naan pounces.

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Cock Roaches and Keith Richards: How Do Some Bands Seem to Last Forever?

The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Metallica and other rock groups have been around for decades. What are the keys to their longevity?

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Sinéad O'Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.

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The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.

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It's All Right, It's All Right, Alllllll Right: U2's 'Achtung Baby'

Pretty much everyone under the age of 35 views U2 as a bunch of overzealous assholes, but this 25-year-old can't help but still blast the group's 1991 masterpiece.

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Stars to turn out for Haiti telethon Friday

Denise Martin and Matea Gold
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U2: 18 October 2009 - Norman, OK

This is, to be sure, U2 at their touring highpoint.

William Carl Ferleman
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Nobel Prizes and Nobel Promises

President Obama probably rattled and hummed in disbelief when he got his Nobel Prize. Ask Bono.

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U2: No Line on the Horizon

Hip-hop drum beats, strange reflections in ATM machines, mournful church organs, and a female boot fetish. Without question, No Line on the Horizon sounds like no other U2 album that came before it; whether that's a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen ...

Evan Sawdey
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Super Duper Bad: The Worst Films of 2007

From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.

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Across the Universe

Such structural spottiness -- great numbers punctuating humdrum character arcs -- is hardly unusual in a musical.

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I Wouldn't Start From Here by Andrew Mueller

A book exploring some of the world's most war-torn hellholes with a self-important endorsement from Bono on the back cover does not promise to be a barrel of laughs.

David Pullar
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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)

Lian Lunson's concert documentary, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, works against itself, with too many gushing tributes and not enough Cohen.

Daynah Burnett
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William Gibson: No Maps For These Territories (2003)

William Gibson is a visionary in his own right, and painting him into the reductive sci-fi corner is akin to missing the point of his work.

Scott Thill
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