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The Healing Power of Music: A Conversation with Linda Perhacs | 25 Sep 2017 // 10:00 PM
At 75, Linda Perhacs shows no signs of slowing down creatively, returning for her third album a mere three years after a more than 40-year absence.
Expect the Unexpected: A Conversation with Sparks | 12 Sep 2017 // 9:34 PM
For nearly half a century (and a new album to boot), the Mael brothers Ron and Russell have been confounding listeners' expectations with their ever-changing, stylistically broad brand of artfully rendered pop.
Perennial Underdogs, Dion and Norton Prove a Perfect Pairing | 27 Jul 2017 // 10:00 PM
Norton Records co-founder Miriam Linna talks with PopMatters about the origins of their new, until-now unreleased lost Dion album recorded in 1965, which shows Dion to have been at the vanguard of the forthcoming folk rock boom.
Heartache Is an Uphill Climb: An Interview With Tift Merritt | 31 Jan 2017 // 9:34 PM
Tift Merritt opens up on the joys of motherhood, life on the road with her new daughter in tow, and what the future might hold for them both.
Colleen Green Is Having Fun Behind Those Dark Glasses | 25 May 2015 // 11:00 PM
Colleen Green used to hide behind her sunglasses; now they're just a part of who she is. She tells PopMatters about their origin and the one song she refuses to play live.
Aquaman, Blooperman, Plastic Man, Bee-Man, Fatman: 'Hero-A-Go-Go'! | 5 Oct 2017 // 5:00 AM
Former DC editor Michael Eury offers up a loving look at the age of high cultural camp in comics and more in this collection of campy curios.
Life "Between and Betwixt Two Worlds": Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer | 2 Oct 2017 // 4:30 AM
With both humor and pathos, Alberto Ledesma’s graphic novel/memoir provides an inside look at the life of an undocumented immigrant.
Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane: The Elements | 20 Sep 2017 // 9:05 PM
The Elements represents Joe Henderson’s sole full immersion into the avant-garde, with help from a few seasoned veterans, including Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, and Michael White.
F.J. McMahon: Spirit of the Golden Juice | 17 Sep 2017 // 9:10 PM
Available once more, F.J. McMahon’s stark and sobering assessment of the decline of ‘60s idealism and impending introspective ‘70s is the rarest of rarities: a true lost masterpiece.
Raymond Scott: Three Willow Park | 4 Sep 2017 // 9:10 PM
This double-disc set collects more than 60 ideas, experiments, and fully-realized works from early electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.