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"Mosh" could be one of the most overtly political pop music videos ever produced.

The new Tom Waits album begins, in very Waitsian fashion, with a racket: a squall of percussive noise that sounds like it was recorded in a freight elevator.

The Bush era has seen an explosion of sharply political creativity.

A star is on the rise for Death Cab for Cutie. The Seattle-based indie band's last record, Transatlanticism (Barsuk), has sold just over 184,000 copies.

Throughout the four decades of his great career--which is the same thing as saying, throughout the history of filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa--Ousmane Sembene has switched back and forth between

Unlike news reports, theater isn't expected to stick to the facts. By nature, the form is duplicitous, built on a sandy foundation of make-believe and pretense.

Brian Wilson began recording his masterpiece, Smile, in 1966; the project collapsed a year later, unfinished.

Since Fidel Castro's brief fainting spell during a speech in June 2001, Miami, Havana and Washington have been caldrons of feverish speculation on his succession and the politics of a post-Castro

A culture war's going on. The 2004 election does not merely pit red states against blue states; it places the cultural community against the Bush establishment.

Under the Radar magazine commodifies dissent--in a good way.

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Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015