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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

With its surprises and its determination to make a statement, 'Legion Lost' proclaims that, if nothing else, the Legionnaires are ultimately soldiers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

. . . heralded a revival of superhero characterization away from the dark, 'grim and gritty' legacy and back to the root concept of heroism.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Ron Lim has been everywhere in the comic book universe, from Marvel Comic to DC Comics, from big publishers to new independents, from regular artist to freelancer. Now, as he looks at creator-owned properties, 'PopMatters' speaks with the prolific penciler and learns about what brought him into the superhero mainstream and where he feels these well-traveled ink rivers may lead.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Von Hammer is still a German who kills Americans and America's allies. Yet, readers can admire Von Hammer for his courage and remarkable abilities. Therein lies the wonderful paradox of Enemy Ace.

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Just recently, PopMatters had the opportunity to speak with renown comic book writer Jamie Delano.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Created by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Edward Risso, '100 Bullets'' core premise, as revealed in the 'First Shot, Last Call' trade paperback, concerns the book's main protagonist, one Agent Graves.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Comic books by women are not as rare as one might think. Despite the fetishized female found in too many male-authored comic books and the stereotype of comics as a boy's club, women have been involved in comics for decades.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Women with weapons, men with pens — it's a trend that recurs heavily in modern comics. Frequently, the minds behind today's strong, female characters are none other than men. While in general that may be a counter-intuitive relationship, women written and drawn almost exclusively by men, it's practically a given in the comics industry. Girls with guns, boys with brushes.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The resurrected character is a staple in the comic book industry. Jean Grey of the X-Men, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Elektra Assassin and numerous others have all died only to be resurrected.

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Just recently, PopMatters had the opportunity to speak with renown comic book writer Jamie Delano.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Continuity. It's as minor an everyday problem as watching a Cheers rerun one night where Woody Boyd is slinging drinks and the next night where his deceased predecessor Coach is alive, not giving a log about anybody named Woody.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Just a Pilgrim‘s Progress(or, The Evolution of the Heroic Myth Perspective) With his work on Preacher, Punisher, and Hitman, Garth Ennis has helped

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Seth’s Not Funny During an especially trying period in graduate school a few years ago, a friend of mine asked what I might do

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I understand roughly two-thirds of Superman's credo.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Busiek and Larsen's 'Defenders' stories are fast paced, fun, filled with links to the past of the Marvel Universe, and just good ol' superhero comics -- a rarity these days.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Comic books don't all have to be about super-powered, spandex-wearing heroes, nor have half-naked, gargantuan-breasted women.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

This comic is a fun ride, and sometimes that is all you need for 10 minutes of sheer entertainment!

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

DC Comics' series of 'Just Imagine . . .' one-shots written by the legendary Stan Lee answers the question of whether Lee still has what it takes to write comics. The short answer is: Yes. The long answer is: So what?

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Despite the rich pedigree of the main character and the multitude of Hell-raised and -raising characters that inhabit DC's mature Vertigo line, no fanfare accompanies 'Lucifer'.

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In 1993, Scott McCloud, best known for his sci-fi comics series Zot!, published his landmark volume Understanding Comics, which made waves in the academic discussion about

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A talking head confronts the reader in a panel of American Splendor: On the Job (Dark Horse Comics, 1997). He’s a middle-aged blue collar intellectual,

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Austin, Texas — It’s a factoid I never seem to tire of: Austin was one of the major seats of the Sixties underground comix movement,

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Part 2 of 2  The new issue of Wizard: Guide to Comics, the fanboy zine extraordinaire, has a cover showing a character by the name of

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Part 1 of 2 Literature means never having to say you’re a genre. Being inside an insidious box molds literature into some pretty terrible moments. In

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #7

Stan Ridgway's neo-noir Western, the heightened contradictions of 10cc, and Claudine Longet, the best of the broken-English chanteuses.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #6

This month, Conor Oberst's philosophical investigations, how Too Much Joy was cursed with comedy, and a humble offering from Styx's Dennis DeYoung.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #5

George Michael demands the impossible with Listen Without Prejudice, John Phillips's mid-'70s muse, and sweet suffocation from the Carpenters.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #4

Raunchy Minnesota country punk from Tulip Sweet, the Psychedelic Furs late-career resurrection, and why Dexy's Midnight Runners should not be seen as one-hit wonders.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #3

Fin-de-siècle paranoia from Archers of Loaf, Loverboy's mall-friendly poodle rock and Roger Waters's vision of how Live Aid may have prevented nuclear annihilation.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #2

Holly Beth Vincent, bluesy belter Genya Ravan, and the sublime idiocy of The Lost Boys soundtrack.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Cut-Out Bin #1

post-Bunnymen guitar pop by the Wild Swans, the quintessentially quirky Canadian songwriter Jane Siberry, and soft-rock sleaze from ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

As far as weapons go, I think that writing about trangressing gender -- in whatever ways they do -- is a powerful weapon against ignorance and fear.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

They see that 'F' word (fetish) in the title of my books, and immediately label the work as offensive before even looking at the imagery. I have been battling this negative association for about three years now here in Los Angeles.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

I do believe that every aspect of our relationships are suffused with power, discipline, dominance and submission, of which we are only dimly aware.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Nelson George is best known for his nonfiction writing — his columns and essays on black popular music and culture for the Village Voice, Esquire, and

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

So bust out the Justin Timberlake CD hidden in your pajama drawer and put on the Charmed T-shirt you bought on eBay late at night. Here are my picks for 2003's most entertaining guilty pleasures.

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The performance of the year was Edie Falco's in the 'Whitecaps' episode of 'The Sopranos'. At least, that's what I heard. I didn't see it. Consequently, you won't see it on my list of the best of 2003.

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Unito Nella Diversità: A Chat with Zucchero

'The blues is the blues; the soul is everywhere.' Italian blues legend, Zucchero, is bringing his music to the masses, courtesy of Starbucks and an all-star line-up fit for a King.

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An Encounter with Tropicalia’s Trickster: The Tom Zé Interview

Under a pragmatist's influence, Zé says occasionally explicable things.

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If It’s Good Music, It’s Good Music: An Interview with DJ Z-Trip

He's not just that DJ that mashes up rock, and now Z-Trip explains how he shifted gears.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Doug Yule, a musician of simplistic yet authentic precision, talks to PopMatters about how sees his time in The Velvet Underground as just another part of his life.

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On the Radio in Serbia: An Interview with Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart

The Songwriter Surprises Us By Not Freaking Out the Squares.

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Our society assumes that musicians want to maintain their celebrity for infinity, and are constantly working to keep their place in the limelight. For Xiu Xiu, the recent surge in popularity has Jamie Stewart making big plans...for grad school. Is a break-up in the works?

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

At this point, the Wrens' backstory - major label woes, six years without and album and all - has become something of a legend in indie rock circuits. But what's less discussed is what it takes to survive a half-decade plus hiatus - and apparently, the answer is a white collar career. PopMatters investigates.

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After having suffered through the pressures and losses of the past seven years and labored on their album in practical anonymity, the Wrens have hit the ground running.

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Former member of the wildly successful '90s boy band New Kids on the Block Danny Wood chats with Nikki Tratner about his trek back into the spotlight.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Yodeling for Slug

While it might not make perfect sense right off the bat, Slug and Murs have made a good fit with their new rock label and artists Vox Vermillion.

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The Mythbuster: An Interview with Bill Withers

A middle-aged man with a heart full of songs makes a career change and leaves an indelible print on pop music. Over 30 years later, he's still Bill Withers. And thank goodness for that.

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EDGAR WINTERThe Best of Edgar WinterEpic/Sony Legacy7 May 2002 Imagine what it was like back in the old days, when the Winter brothers first dropped

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Citizen Wilson: An Interview with the Editor of XXL

'I'm concerned with selling my magazine and doing it with integrity.' Elliott Wilson, editor-in-chief of XXL Magazine, wants his props for rising to the top of the music publishing world, and oh yeah, please buy the compilation CD.

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PopMatters converses with the lengendary, often controversial, poet-cum-prophet Saul Williams.

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One Man Semi-Acoustical Jam

A Flugel, an Echoplex, and a Winnebago: Keller Williams explains which of these is not like the other ones.

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Get Fuckin’ Real: An Interview with Hank Williams III

'America needs to get a little less anal, 'cause you got kids fighting this big war, supposedly dying, and you're gonna get upset over shit, fuck, and goddamn? Come on! It's 2006. Get fucking real -- wake up, grow up, catch on to some of the European ways, and quit being so goddamn uptight.' PopMatters kicks her boots off for a balls-out natter with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hank III.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

For folkie Dar Williams, it's not about a fast zip to the top of the charts. PopMatters music critic Jennifer Bendery talks with her about keeping her stamina.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

MTV's runaway reality hit 'Making The Band 2' has been a guilty pleasure for millions of Americans for nearly two years. PopMatters caught up with Jason Wiley in between meetings at the Bad Boy headquarters.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Asking Why?

He's not known for honesty, but on Yoni Wolf's new album, he's not taking the piss.

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In light of his upcoming film, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, White reflects on the elusive identity of the American South, impromptu communal joy, and the tenacity of self-consciousness.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

To the East Coast and Beyond!

West Indian Girl, after a lengthy studio process, heads out to take on the world.

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PopMatters music critic Matt Gonzales digs deep to find out what makes Ween evil to the core - and good to the last drop.

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Song of the Traveling Clawhammer Banjo Player

Abigail Washburn reflects on the two worlds that inform her art.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Two drummers? A sound reminiscent of Swinging London? An evasive lead singer? PopMatters sets out to determine the myths and truths about mystery-rockers the Warlocks.

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These Brooklyn softies are in great danger every day.

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What Goes Around Comes Around: A Conversation With Patricia Vonne

Don't mess with Texas or a green-eyed girl. Whatever it is, Patricia Vonne has got it going on. But PopMatters is taller and wears bigger shoes.

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The Slow-Burning Songs of Vetiver: An Interview with Andy Cabic

Devendra Banhart's favorite songwriting partner, Andy Cabic, is back with a darker, more percussive second album that will take more than a couple of spins to sink in.

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Make It Beautiful and Trash It: An Interview with John Vanderslice

You might guess that John Vanderslice knows the secrets of great recording, but who knew the same tricks worked for photography and filmmaking?

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Throughout their career, techno kingpins Underworld never bothered looking back. Does the release of their first greatest hits compilation mean they've entered their golden years? That's not the case, according to Karl Hyde; things are just getting interesting.

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Superstar Tourism: An Interview with Carrie Underwood

'I keep my camera with me everywhere I go,' says American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. 'I try not to be too annoying with it.'

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The group formed in 1992-93 with members Dizzy Dustin, Young Einstein and a guy named Clout.

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True Fictions: An Interview with Two Gallants’ Adam Stephens

Already a master storyteller and folklorist at 23, Stephens brings us to the frontier, Thomas Edison, and the drunk tank.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

PopMatters gets answers from Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian of British rock duo Turin Brakes.

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Crash Landing in Los Angeles: British Songwriter Alex Troup Soldiers on in an Unfamiliar Place

Now a full six years removed from the release of his former outfit's first and only album, the erstwhile frontman for Crashland now finds himself halfway around the world, looking for a fresh start in southern California.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Fresh off a sold-out LA show and well-received SXSW showcase, the Trash Can Sinatras are definitely experiencing a revival. But has comeback become a dirty word? PopMatters investigates.

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Trail of Dead's Conrad Keely talks about the fate of the world, the course of history, and other minor matters.

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A modern-day Partridge Family, or novel, biting social commentators? PopMatters meets up with the Tractenburgs for a lesson in family affairs.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

TOWER OF POWERSoul with a Capital ‘S’: The Best of Tower of PowerEpic/LegacyU.S. Release Date: 26 March 2002 Imagine the old days as the San

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A Lazarus Taxon: the Definition of “Tortoise” Continues to Change Before Our Eyes

Tortoise have reached the stage where they are the remixers of their own legacy -- by creating their own prism (in the form of A Lazarus Taxon) with which to bend their sound.

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It’s a beautiful, sunny and warm day in Los Angeles, but it’s not only the Californian weather that is giving Steve Bertrand reason

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Billy Bob’s Unlikely Muse

Billy Bob Thornton knows the good-hearted gypsies, tramps and thieves. Thornton and co. weave together a tight, alluring mix of Americana with a tinge of psychedelia and have dubbed their style 'Hillbilly Pink Floyd'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

It’s a long way from Hawaii to New York, and Anjani Thomas’ journey was not the most direct. “It’s a contorted story”, she

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Talking Bollocks: An Interview with Test Icicles

The British rockers don't rehearse, have never cut a demo, and cite nu-metal as an influence. So how exactly does this work?

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Love is the Tender Trap

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey explore the challenges of putting out an album and a baby at the same time.

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Writer Matt Gonzales chats with David Lerner, bassist from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, on their grueling touring schedule, the creative process, and future prospects for the group.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Maria Taylor talks about heading out on her own (with siblings).

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Soul Enigma: Lewis Taylor Comes to America

Find out why you've been missing some of the best soul music of the era.

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A Matter of Balance: An Interview With Richard Swift

Has pop music lost its soul? Is excellence accidental? Richard Swift on the cons of modernity.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

If we lived in a perfect world, all the bands would be like Superdrag.

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Go looking for the Super Furry Animals, and it's unclear what will turn up -- a curious modulation here, a bedazzled Welsh-babble there. Or maybe just a band so devoted to their craft, they practically live in the studio. PopMatters investigates.

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Recently, PopMatters spoke to Jason Chasko and discussed how life has been treating the duo since their disc dropped.

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24: A Day on Tour with the Subways

The British trio takes us along on their unusual business as usual.

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Third Impressions of the Strokes

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond explains why the new album needed its own studio.

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In the End We All Want Balance: An Interview with Strange Fruit Project

The hip-hop trio overcomes the dreaded 'positive' tag and a residency in the Texas underground to make their first trip east.

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The Happy Songwriter: An Interview with Kelley Stoltz

San Francisco's best-kept songwriting secret on influences, old pianos, optimism, career breaks in biker bars and the stacks of tapes in his apartment closet.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Are the Stills just the composite of convenient '80s references? On tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, the band they're most often compared to, PopMatters critic Chris Fallon chatted with drummer/songwriter Dave Hamelin to distill the Stills' essence.

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Come on Feel the Distraction, or, The Original Balladeer, or, The Architecture of Musical Fiction

Sufjan Stevens explains how he got sidetracked into this whole music thing and lets us know what he really likes.

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Finding the Other: An Interview with Richard Jones

The Stereophonics bassist discusses the band's new drummer and increased energy.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

stellastarr* Is a Group

stellastarr* arrived as part of the New York new wave revival, evoking the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie. PopMatters talks to the blonde in the band, bassist Amanda Tannen.

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Between good sex and old songs, Amy Milan stays out of the cold.

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PopMatters music critic Scott Deckman gets spiritual with Jason Martin of Starflyer 59, pop craftsman and Christian Rocker.

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Martian Dreams and Carolina Blue: An Interview with Chris Stamey

A discussion with the dB's co-founder about most anything except the dB's.

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What happens when power pop grows up? PopMatters kicks back with songwriter legend Chris Stamey to discuss his first studio release in a decade.

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"In Game Art, Matt Sainsbury is asking questions of video game developers that one might ask a movie director or a novelist or a painter.

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