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Music, All Shook Down Nick Lowe Charms the NPR Crowd at Great American Music Hall

Nick Lowe Charms the NPR Crowd at Great American Music Hall

Nick Lowe J.D. McPherson Oct. 10, 2011 The Great American Music Hall Better than: What Lou Reed has chosen to do with his later career, by far. Although many original punk and new wave musicians delved into American and…
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Hold It Against Me, Britney Spears: A Brief History of Terrible Pickup Lines in Song

Today marks the release of Britney Spears' surprisingly great new album Femme Fatale, whose lyrics -- you may have noticed in single "Hold It Against Me" -- feature a wealth of corny come-ons and played-out playerisms. Do these work…
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News, Sucka Free City X-Factor


This election, there's one important swing vote that nobody's polled yet: mutants. Say you're a white, heterosexual male with a mutant healing factor and 12-inch retractable adamantium claws: do you support public housing set-asides? The question matters because this summer…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Since the Imp of Bizarre and Pitiable Reunion Tours came into power, we have become callous to the indignity of 55-year-old men singing songs they wrote at 16; we have accepted 20-year-old promo photos and swallowed embarrassment in the form…
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House of Tudor

Admittedly, Alien Resurrection was offensive enough to extirpate any and all good feelings for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Despite that pathetic attempt at science fiction, Jeunet might still be one of the finest fantasy directors of our time. His visual smorgasbord…
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Year of the Elephant

Racy Racine wore fishnet stockings with cowboy boots, dyed red her 43-year-old scalp, and dreamed of working in the music business instead of cabbing the 6,000-some-odd registrants between the Austin airport, their hotels, and the 37 sanctioned clubs that hosted…
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