What’s your favorite non-guitar solo?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The Get Down continues to get transcendent with its music and silly with its bad guys

Throughout the first half of “Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames,” we get several exhilarating sequences involving Shaolin Fantastic’s tutelage in DJing. It begins with Grandmaster Flash giving him and the other members of Fantastic Four Plus One a crayon, which holds “the key to his quick-mix theory.” After many joints…

HBO’s James Brown doc Mr. Dynamite works as hard as its subject

James Brown’s legacy as a soul virtuoso is unchallenged, but there’s an equally fervent consensus about his tyranny. It’s a duality so common as to be cliché—the relentlessness fueling an artist’s output wreaks havoc on every other facet of his life—but that familiarity doesn’t make a life as singular, as complicated,…

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