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Wednesday, January 29 2014
PopMatters talks with the Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion (symbolic) front-man about why the apocalypse might not necessarily be all bad.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Following the US release of new Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar, Kevin Rowland talks about why it took so long to get back in the studio, the benefits of meditation, and why he's not your friend.
Sunday, November 3 2013
In the quietly experimental Random Access Memories, the androids have inverted postmodernism to make something not just pretty, but something pretty useful, too.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
In a conversation sparked by his new album Lucky Numbers the ex-Eurythmic discusses why you don't need to be glum to write glum, the benefits of recording in Nashville and why Miley Cyrus is absolutely nothing like Wendy O. Williams
Sunday, June 23 2013
Speaking just before the release of the band's new album Wilderness, the lyric-writing half of the Handsome Family discusses ecstatic visions, immortal jellyfish, and the old, weird America.
Wednesday, May 1 2013
Steve Coogan's spoof radio DJ's latest outing -- released ahead of a feature film this summer -- is as clever as always. But isn't the joke getting a little old, now?
Wednesday, April 10 2013
In the three years since they reformed, Swans have developed into arguably the best band in the world. This gig on the south coast of the UK found them in devastating form.
Sunday, March 31 2013
This attempt to cross The Toolbox Murders with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is every bit as bad, but not nearly as funny, as it sounds.
Thursday, March 21 2013
This fine documentary about the preeminent war photographer of the last half-century raises difficult questions about both art and journalism.