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Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress

5 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Director Laura Poitras's Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you're watching. Poitras shows us history as it happens, scenes of such intimate momentousness that the movie's a must-see piece of work even if, in its totality, it's underwhelming as argument...
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Every Act Playing Coachella This Year, Ranked

4 years ago by Andy Hermann
After you've decided to start ranking all the acts on the Coachella lineup, there comes a moment when you realize you've made a terrible mistake. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is way too big, too ambitious in scale and scope, too sonically diverse to be reduced to a...
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The Eleven Greatest Record Store Performances, Part One

6 years ago by Steve Wiley
Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz. As you might expect, working in a record store is a pretty cool job. Sure,...
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Anti-SB 1070 Billboard on Camelback Near Third Street by Brave New Foundation

10 years ago by Stephen Lemons
Despite the fact that District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton ripped out most of SB 1070's spine on July 28, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's still doing his anti-Hispanic dragnets. And if other law enforcement agencies in Sand Land don't have the carte blanche they would have had under an un-enjoined 1070, this recent...
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Custody Battle

22 years ago by Chris Farnsworth
You'd think the one place a person would be safe would be locked inside a prison cell. You'd be wrong. In 1996, a team of lawyers brought a class-action suit against the Arizona Department of Corrections on behalf of 274 inmates in protective segregation. DOC wanted to move those inmates...
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Phantom Planet

18 years ago by Leah Greenblatt
Post-9/11, Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter infamously (and prematurely) declared the end of irony, and took a media beating for it. Somewhere in Silver Lake, California, though, five guys must have been wondering what all the fuss was about; how could there be an end to something they'd...
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O Sister, Where Art Thou?

19 years ago by Jean Oppenheimer
Even more than the recent Depression-era comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the turn-of-the-century drama Songcatcher is an absolute treasure-trove of old-timey, traditional folk music. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia in the year 1907, the film follows city-bred musicologist Dr. Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer) as she traverses...
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Islands in the Stream-o

16 years ago by Brendan Joel Kelley
Over the last several months, I've noticed an alarming trend. I can't look at TV or the newsstand without seeing the word "emo." Major record retailers are advertising albums on MTV pimping them simultaneously as "emo" and "the next big thing." There's a recently published book by Andy Greenwald, senior...
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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVERESPECIALLY IF YOUR FANTASY IS BASEBALL

29 years ago by Anna Dooling
The white lines of the batter's box are pristine in the slanting morning sunshine, and the base paths are clean and untrod. In the outfield, looking like white flowers against the green grass, 52 bodies in baseball uniforms sprawl and 52 right legs stick into the air, stretching in preparation...

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