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Picture this: you're stranded on a desert island with nothing to comfort
you but sand, sun and, miraculously, the solar-powered sound system that
washed up with you.

Fifteen years ago, rappers like Public Enemy, KRS-One and Queen Latifah
were received as heralds of a new movement.

Russell Simmons, known for decades as Rush to his friends, is of average
height and build for a man his age (45), with a cleanshaven face, bald
dome and light complexion.

In Hicksville, Long Island, on any given Sunday afternoon, pierced and
tattooed teenagers in black clothing gather to listen and watch as
groups of kids like themselves tear their fingertips on

The Chicago-based magazine Punk Planet--nominated for the past
two years in Utne Reader's Alternate Press Awards for "General
Excellence," along with such better-heeled competitio

On the self-titled debut record by punk/dance band Le Tigre, there's a
short song called "Eau d'Bedroom Dancing" that pays tribute to the
timeless tradition of spinning around one's bedroom, al

In more than fifteen years of rock-and-roll touring, my worst night of
sleep followed a June 10, 1989, show at Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, an
anticapitalist squat in Milan.

As Trent Lott struggled to "repudiate" segregation fifty years after it
was outlawed, about the only point he left out of his incoherent
counterattack is that he was a soul-music fan.

It's a shame that Savion Glover is trying so hard to hide from the
world, because he's the greatest tap dancer who ever breathed.

For years Pittsburghers have witnessed the low regard in which public
television station WQED holds its second channel, WQEX.

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May 5, 2013

With the opening of George W's presidential library, pundits are rushing to whitewash the memory of those years of folly.

April 26, 2013

In the wake of 9/11 and Boston, is it even possible to imagine a movie that makes civil liberties an integral part of its dramatic arc?

April 23, 2013

In 2013, a song like “I Touch Myself” is less shocking than it once was. But it is still revolutionary.

April 22, 2013

Press coverage is hasty, error-prone and frequently depressing—but it nonetheless plays a vital role in our society.

April 18, 2013

Cable TV’s top hit is used to justify every political point of view—right or left, pro-NRA or pro-gun control, even pro-sequester or pro-stimulus.

April 5, 2013

Julian Assange himself has criticized the film, but the director says Assange should watch it first.

April 3, 2013

In the wake of Citizens United, big campaign donors are buying off not only politicians, but also the local news networks that cover them.

March 21, 2013

The Chilean Oscar nominee for best foreign language film has just been released in the US.

March 14, 2013

The group's career suffered over Natalie Maines' comment against invading Iraq.

March 10, 2013