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Culture Shock: Everyone’s breathing fire

Emilia Clarke is a standout on “Game of Thrones” as Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Stormborn, Khaleesi of the Dothraki, Queen across the Sea and the Mother of Dragons, which is also a good thing to say when you drop a hammer on your toe.

Jake Smith of The White Buffalo

Henry Rollins

The Kansas City Star

‘Game of Thrones’

Cure your swordfight withdrawal. HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s landmark fantasy novels returns Sunday night, and this season will have record levels of bloodshed and betrayal, plus a badass beauty fighting a bear. But the best thing about this season should be Daenerys Targaryen’s adolescent dragons. Set your DVRs, and make anyone who mooches your HBO call you Khaleesi.

More dragons

If HBO’s cheap-ass CGI budget doesn’t provide enough fire-breathing action, don’t give up. Stream the 2002 guilty pleasure “Reign of Fire,” with pre-crazy Christian Bale and a bald, wild-eyed Matthew McConaughey. Or just listen to some Imagine Dragons (the “Radioactive” band) before seeing them at Kanrocksas in June. And, of course, these are all leading up to the main course, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” set for Dec. 13.

The White Buffalo

Some music makes you feel like driving into the desert until you hit tumbleweeds. After being featured on “Sons of Anarchy” and the “West of Memphis” soundtrack, the White Buffalo, aka alt-country genius Jake Smith, is going to be big, if America has any taste. The album “Once Upon a Time in the West” hit stores last month.

Henry Rollins’ blog posts

It might be too late to get into Black Flag (not really) but the D.C. hard-core band’s music hasn’t matured as much as its cerebral singer, whose writing on everything from the Boy Scouts to rape culture is still refreshingly raw. He writes dispatches at href=”http://henryrollins.com/”>henryrollins.com and blogs for LA Weekly. (Rollins won’t be with the cash-grab version of Black Flag playing the Granada on June 6.)


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