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Pitchfork 2012: Interview – Alex Zhang Hungtai of Dirty Beaches

by Raj Ranade The first band-mates of Alex Zhang Hungtai, the man behind the fascinating art-rock project Dirty Beaches, didn’t exactly mince words when explaining why they had to kick him out of their metal band. “The exact quote was […]

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Pitchfork 2012: Interview – The Olivia Tremor Control

by Raj Ranade Note: Two weeks after this interview was conducted, Olivia Tremor Control singer Bill Doss passed away at the age of 43. No cause of death has

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Pitchfork Music Festival: Sunday Live-Blog

by Raj Ranade SUNDAY 4:39 - Dirty Beaches drops Elvis-esque 50s swagger over apocalyptic distortion rock (interview up on Monday!) and now Ty Segall is putting on a garage rock

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: The Preview

by Raj Ranade Depending on who you talk to in the world of music journalism, the word "Pitchfork" can either be a token of taste-making authority or an obscenity.

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Weekend Movies: Moonrise Kingdom

by Raj Ranade The fussiness is what people love, or love to hate, about the movies of director Wes Anderson: the immaculate retro tailoring, the clockwork regularity of arch one-liners,

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Weekend Movies: Brave

by Raj Ranade One of the many remarkable things about Pixar is how the company's acquisition by Disney, maybe the most massive homogenizing corporate force in American entertainment, has

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Movies: Prometheus

by Raj Ranade It’s hard not to think of Avatar while watching Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus, and not just because the eerie humanoid in the film’s opening scene

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Movies: The Cabin in the Woods, Lockout

by Raj Ranade "You think you know the story," announces the trailer for The Cabin in the Woods. "Think again!" Or, you know, don't. There are things about this

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Movies: A Separation

A Separation (playing at the Kentucky Theatre) is a masterpiece, but it's unassuming and unpretentious in a way that praise like that usually doesn't suggest. It piles up

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Weekend Movies: The Hunger Games

by Raj Ranade A series of questions regarding The Hunger Games: -          No one likes the literalists who turn their noses up at entire films just because minor detail X would,



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