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  • Twilight of the Nerd Frontier

    Twilight of the Nerd Frontier0

    Why the geeks of ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ are the new American bros Tech-geek nostalgia seems to be in the air, from the circa-1983 engineers of AMC’s excellent Halt and Catch Fire to the circa-2014 app hustlers of Mike Judge’s breakout HBO comedy hit Silicon Valley. They’re totally different on many levels: Silicon is a

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  • John Oliver Steps Up

    John Oliver Steps Up0

    The comedian’s brilliant new show lets his rants go deeper and hit much harder Any man who can make Right Said Fred politically resonant is clearly doing something right. And John Oliver is such a man. He certainly dreamed up a novel way to trash Syria’s Bashar al-Assad on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight With

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  • Original Voices

    Original Voices0

    Cat Power, Willy Mason and Sarah Blasko perform in Cape Town. The upcoming Rolling Stone Original Voices festival in Cape Town gives Mother City music lovers the chance to experience Cat Power, Willy Mason and Sarah Blasko before the trio head inland to play Oppikoppi. Presented by Hilltop Live and taking place at the (warmer,

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  • Jack White

    Jack White0

    Jack White makes heavy, turbulent modern-blues records the same way he pursues his other passion, furniture restoration: with a decisive attention to contour, colour scheme and cagey, durable detail. “Three Women,” the opening rumble on Lazaretto, is based (with a co-writing credit) on Blind Willie McTell’s 1928 recording “Three Women Blues.” But White’s spin on McTell’s

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  • “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken for Christmas”: Quick-fire Questions with Hoboken Division

    “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken for Christmas”: Quick-fire Questions with Hoboken Division0

    Marie and Mathieu of bluesy dark-noise duo Hoboken Division chat about originality, onstage dynamics and their “robot-drummer” What was it that first attracted you to music? Marie: I don’t know if there can be a simple explanation for that. I’ve always watched shows saying to myself “that’s gonna be me later”. It was just here. It’s

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  • Tinariwen

    Tinariwen0

    Transplant a group of veteran Saharan guitar slingers to a different desert (SoCal’s Mojave, specifically the indie depot of Joshua Tree) and add some American guests – rock guitarists Josh Klinghoffer and Matt Sweeney, poet-MC Saul Williams and more. What do you get? Impressively, an undiluted Tinariwen LP that’s all circular Afro-Berber riffs, hypnotic hand

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