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  • The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life

    The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life
    Dan Deacon pulls open two unassuming, boarded and chained-up doors to reveal his Charles Street studio. The walls are covered with wires of varying lengths, all hanging on top of a huge multicolor neon mural of oozing and exploding biomorphic shapes. As I absorb all the details, bits of awesome shit catch my eye and I immediately want to ask what all this stuff is for, but I focus on a sick dragon poster on the wall. A typical, high fantasy illustration depicts the craggy top of a mountain under a blue sky with a ferocious-looking, rather small dragon in mid-flight, above a giant, newly hatched egg.
  • John Carpenter cashes in his cool points on 'Lost Themes'

    John Carpenter cashes in his cool points on 'Lost Themes'
    Everybody’s cribbing moves from John Carpenter these days. Not cinematically, mind you, because the smart-dumb director’s Howard Hawks-like sense of how to handle lots of macho men moving inside a tightly packed frame, all the while...

    Gamer's Grammar: MICA professor Jason Gottlieb's game 'Eat Yourself'

    Gamer's Grammar: MICA professor Jason Gottlieb's game 'Eat Yourself'
    It’s nearly impossible to understand the amount of labor that goes into making a great work of art. Behind every respected novel are countless drafts and revisions. Often, movies take thousands of people to write, film, edit, and market. The same...

    'Out of the Blue,' Dennis Hopper's bleak, cult punk-rock flick at the Charles Theatre on Thursday

    'Out of the Blue,' Dennis Hopper's bleak, cult punk-rock flick at the Charles Theatre on Thursday
    Early on in Dennis Hopper's "Out of the Blue," teenaged Cebe (Linda Manz) observes that her fathers, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, and Elvis Presley, have abandoned her, in that order. To her, the men who comprise this list of role models all embody her...

    The economic nihilism of 'Detour' still stings today

    The economic nihilism of 'Detour' still stings today
    Of all the cars on all the highways in all the world, Vera (Ann Savage) had to get into his. Sure, technically the snazzy convertible Al (Tom Neal) drives isn’t his. It belongs to high-roller Haskell (Edmund MacDonald), who picked Al up back in...