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Avengers: Secret Wars S04 E01: Avengers No More, Part One

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Iron Man is trapped in another dimension, and as the Avengers try to rescue him, the Leader and his new Cabal of super-villains confront them.  Are Iron Man and the Avengers lost forever in these animated Secret Wars?  Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Avengers No More, Part One.”

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Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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We have been bereft of new Doctor Who for an entire year (“The Power of the Daleks” doesn’t count), since the last Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” a madcap and bittersweet conclusion to the River Song saga. To trump that adventure, showrunner Steven Moffat pulls a new rabbit from his hat – Doctor Who does superheroes. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”

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The Mixed Sense: Stylish Lavender clings to the familiar with creepy amnesiac tale

Ed Gass-Donnelly’s got style and atmosphere to burn, that’s for sure. In the opening moments of his new elegiac horror-thriller Lavender, we track into a frozen tableau of police investigating a grim crime scene in a rustic farmhouse. The cops hover like statues over sheet-draped bodies as the camera glides between them, coming to rest on a petrified girl slumped against a bedroom wall, clutching a bloody razor. As she stares blankly into us, we wonder, is this girl a killer? Why would she do such terrible things?

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Pump Up The Jam: September 23, 2016

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This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Ghost, Cold Cave, Belle Ghoul & much more.
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“The Kids Are Alright” on Avengers: Ultron Revolution

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The Inhumans are still among us on Avengers: Ultron Revolution as we meet more new Inhumans in the persons of the new Ms. Marvel and the Ghost, along with Inferno, in this plot to steal Tony Stark’s AI Friday. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on season three’s eleventh episode, “The Kids Are Alright.”

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Pump Up The Jam: June 17, 2016

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Odonis Odonis: Their new album Post Plague is out on June 17.

Welcome to a new weekly column on Biff Bam Pop, “Pump Up The Jam,” in which I take you through some of my musical highlights of the week, including music news, new releases, and other things you might have missed.

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31 Days Of Horror 2015: The True Story Of The Haunted Set List

CrossroadsMusic, experience and memory. This is how I remember the haunting:

In the early nineteen nineties, I signed up to be a disc jockey for Radio Erindale of the University of Toronto, Mississauga. I signed up because I loved music, was heavily into the alternative live music and club scene in Toronto, and because my longtime friend, Gary Matos, was their newly christened Station Manager.

With a few other select personnel, we planned to collectively make a musical difference at a small, and slightly beleaguered, suburban campus radio station. We’d fill the thirsty ears of the student body with the music that we liked to listen to, with the tunes we were hearing in the downtown clubs we were regularly frequenting: La Vie, Catch-22 and Empire. And, most importantly, we’d get to talk bands and records and new music all day and all of the night.

I signed up for the late shift that quivered between ten o’clock in the evening and one o’clock in the morning. It was a time when solitary figures of the student body ghosted across campus in the dark, arms full of books and bags, and faces full of essay anxiety. I, meanwhile, was left alone to spin my personal records and compact discs, ethereally reaching out to everyone through the hallways, residences and student lounges.

It’s fitting, then, that this particular story takes place one evening at the end of October, the month when the days are short and the cold nights come early, near an intersection of foot pathways between university buildings appropriately called The Crossroads.

Here I was. Alone. At midnight. With music. With the unexplainable.

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31 Days of Horror 2015: The Avengers Vs. the Legion of the Unliving

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There have been at least five versions of the Legion of the Unliving, but I’m going to be talking about the most purposeful, the most devious, and my favorite – those creatures pulled from time itself by Kang the Conqueror to not just destroy the Avengers but to help him rule the universe. Meet me after the jump and watch out for the original Legion of the Unliving!

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The Official Popshifter Podcast: 57 Maidens and No Wrestling at TIFF

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The Official Popshifter Podcast, featuring Popshifter Managing Editor Less Lee Moore and Featured Contributor Jeffery X Martin.

In their second episode. Titled “57 Maidens and No Wrestling at TIFF,” Less Lee and Jeffery X discuss La Grand Bouffe, Ghost’s latest album Meliora, and Iron Maiden’s new single “Speed of Light,” among a dozen other topics that pop up along the way. You can check it out here.

Popshifter is shifting the tone of pop culture criticism and can be found on Twitter and Facebook, as well as their own website.

Check out Episode 2 of The Official Popshifter Podcast right here.

The Horror – Andy Burns On American Horror Story, Episode 1

If the name of your television show is American Horror Story, you really better live up to the horror part, right? Luckily, in the case of the Ryan Murphy produced series of the same name, which debut last week on FX in the US, we wind up with a fair amount of scariness in front of our eyes.

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