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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

The truly great central figure (a towering musical pioneer, outspoken on women's issues and sexual liberation at a time when that just wasn't done) is a compelling MacGuffin around which this metaphorical story is entwined.

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Chocolates are on the March!

Since my weekly MFA column falls on the day after the first so-called free election in Iraq in 50 years, I felt the need to address the subject. But what to say about it?

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S — Puking and Crying

S -- Puking and Crying
The electronic influence of Josh Wackerly adds to the complexity that Jenn Ghetto created on S's first album.

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Jeffrey Luck Lucas — Hell Then Divine

Jeffrey Luck Lucas -- Hell Then Divine
Jeffrey's aesthetic on Hell Then Divine is straight out of 1940's film noir, both in lyrics and artwork; chock full of gambling, drinking and cheating references - generally sinking to the bottom and damning your own soul to hell type stories.

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The FCC Chair is Resigning - Long Live the Chair!

Looks like Colin isn't the only Powell bowing out of a second Bush term - Colin's son Michael Powell is likewise stepping down as chairman of the Federal Communications Committee.

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