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2014 in Music Film: Questioning the "Tortured Artist"

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

[dek class="right"]All art, our art tells us, is inextricably linked to suffering. But what the films of 2014 increasingly presupposed is: Maybe it isn't?[/dek] The following piece reveals minor plot points for the films Whiplash, Frank and Birdman. The ending of the film We Are the Best! is described in detail. Reader discretion is advised. Near the end of Whiplash, fiercely determined student drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), sits across a table from Terence Fletcher, his instructor,… more »

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Classical Music For A Modern World

By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Sure, we play Bach, Beethoven and Mozart -- though we also dig the early music of Tallis, chance works by Cage, arias from Verdi and John Adams, as well as the composers on New Amsterdam records. Everything here was released after 2008, too, which is another way of declaring that notes written down on paper are still some of the most exciting ones to hear in all of contemporary music. more »

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