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Miley Cyrus and the Mainstreaming of Hipster Appropriation

For good or bad, Miley Cyrus' latest music video marks the final move for the hipster sub-culture (with its appropriated hip-hop imagery) into the mainstream.

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The Top Five I.R.S.-Era R.E.M. Music Videos

With the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the band's fourth album Lifes Rich Pageant due out soon, here's a look at the top videos R.E.M. made during its tenure on I.R.S. Records.

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The Hypocrisy of Mother Monster. Yeah, We Mean You, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga preaches acceptance and love. However, her music videos teach that love is only for the beautiful.

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Heroes in the Age of None: The Clash Rock Out with "Tommy Gun"

Most of the Clash's music videos were no-frills performance clips. The reason was simple: the Clash owned the stage.

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"Ascension Chamber" by Scar Symmetry, or Why We Need More Videos IN SPACE!

People might not believe it, but very few metal music videos take place in the far reaches of space. Scar Symmetry dares to go there in a video with a thoughtful story and excellent execution.

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Psych-Horror Flick as Music Video, or Vice Versa: Animal Collective's 'Oddsac'

Musically and visually, Animal Collective's new "visual album" 'Oddsac' is unmistakably in the group's wheelhouse: unapologetically and uncompromisingly weird, possessed of a singular vision, and all the more compelling for it.

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Musical Genius & Its Discontents (ii): British-style

Part 2 of our video venture through lost musical geniuses discovers an unhappier tradition in The UK, where comebacks are not de rigeur! Exemplars include Joe Meek, Brian Jones, Syd Barrett, and Ian Curtis.

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Musical Genius & Its Discontents (i): American Style

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.

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I Guess White Boys Feel It More: On Music Biopics

The way that the films Notorious, 8 Mile, Walk The Line, and Ray lead up to scenes of performances shows the remarkable and subtle endurance of troubling racial stereotypes and ideals.

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Best of the Test (volume 2): Al Stewart, The Only Ones, Thomas Dolby, Prefab Sprout

The second installment in my look at some of the most memorable performances from the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test television program.

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Jodeci Videos Are Insane: "Forever My Lady" Vs. "Feenin'"

The '90s R&B video went to some weird places and Jodeci embody both the weirdness, both on the sensitive and the thug sides.

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Best of the Test (vol.1): Bowie, Magazine, King Crimson, Orange Juice

A look at some of the most memorable performances from the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test television program.

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... - Episode 1

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... - 9pm EST/PST - Sundance Channel

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Video and Song of the Year

Many Moons - Janelle Monae

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Breakdancing Demons Make My Day

The Chemical Brothers come back with their best music video and song in years ... so why is it hard to care?

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