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Miles Davis in 1971
Miles Davis

Agharta is a live double album by American jazz musician Miles Davis (pictured) and his septet. Titled after the legendary subterranean city, it was recorded at a concert in Japan's Osaka Festival Hall in February 1975. Saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Michael Henderson, and guitarist Pete Cosey improvised against a dense backdrop of riffs, electronic effects, cross-beats, and funk grooves from the rhythm section. Davis had already alienated many in the jazz community while attracting younger rock audiences with his radical electric fusion music. This dark, angry, and somber performance was seen as a reflection of his emotional and spiritual state—he was in physical pain from health issues and a substance abuse problem, and had been touring constantly with his band since 1973. The album was released in Japan in August 1975 by CBS/Sony, and in North America in 1976 by Columbia Records. A highly divisive record, it further challenged Davis' jazz audience and critics. It was reevaluated positively after a generation of younger musicians was influenced by the group's abrasive music and Cosey's effects-laden free improvisations, and is seen as the culmination of Davis' electric period. (Full article...)

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Matthew McConaughey's acting career includes over 40 films. He made his breakthrough by starring in Richard Linklater's coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused in 1993. His first lead role was in the 1996 film adaptation of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill. During the 2000s, McConaughey was typecast as a romantic comedy lead in the films The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), and Failure to Launch (2006). In the early 2010s, McConaughey became better known for his dramatic roles. He played Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer, and reunited with Linklater on the black comedy Bernie (both 2011). His role as Ron Woodroof in the 2013 biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club garnered him the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2014, he played detective Rust Cohle in the crime drama series True Detective which earned him a nomination for a Primetime Emmy. (Full list...)

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Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen Beach

Midsummer Eve Bonfire on Skagen Beach is a 1906 painting by P.S. Krøyer. The large work, which took several years to complete, shows many of the artists in the group known as the Skagen Painters as well as influential members of Skagen's local community. Although Krøyer was not satisfied with the work, considering it too dark, the painting is now viewed as one of the most important in the Skagens Museum collection.

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