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Fact and Fiction: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on Wrestling and the Creative Process

The prolific songwriter and now acclaimed author John Darnielle tells PopMatters how he created his wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, what he calls the Mountain Goats' "most musically interesting record by a country mile".

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30 Mar 2015 // 2:00 AM

Experiencing Isolation and Connection In Tall Buildings

In Tall Buildings' Erik Hall got the name from recording in a Chicago skyscraper, but notes that "I don't tend to write songs that jump out at the listener, but rather kind of invite the listener in."

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How the Go! Team Puts the “I” in Team with ‘The Scene Between’

Ian Parton, leader of the Go! Team, weighs the maturation and development of his crazed wall-of-sound schoolyard aesthetic on new album The Scene Between.

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Skype Dates and Ski Jumps: Johannes Kuhnke on the Role of a Lifetime

Force Majeure is a brutal film, and not just because of the avalanche. Johannes Kuhnke stretched himself for this awards season buzz pick, and often in very surprising ways.

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You Can’t Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.

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“This Is Our Sophomore Attempt”: An Interview with Pixies

Speaking to PopMatters, Pixies detail every step towards Indie Cindy's creation, reception, and what's next for the group...

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Laurie Halse Anderson’s ‘Speak’, an Excerpt

If you haven't had time to read Speak, here's your chance. Read the first chapter now.

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Stake a Claim: An interview with dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip

Hip-hop duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip discuss life on the road, the mechanics of musical snobbery and why social networks can be dangerous for your health.

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Of Philosophy in ‘Bioshock 2’: Some Words from the Devs

“I wouldn't say that games are the ideal way to experience literature. I think literature has done that quite well. That being said, games offer the opportunity to ask interesting questions and allow the player to answer them in a way that transcends previous mediums.” -- Jordan Thomas, Creative Director, Bioshock 2

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Songwriting and Social Activism: An Interview With Nellie McKay

"If you keep your opinions and knowledge to yourself, it doesn’t change anything." McKay talks to PopMatters about her current projects, social activism, and philosophy of life in general.

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6 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Interview: Antietam (SXSW 2008)

Louisville-by-way-of-NYC indie rockers Antietam flew to Austin to play four—yes, four—sets. Guitarist/singer Tara Key has branched out into solo albums, but as

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22 Apr 2008 // 7:52 AM

Chicago’s Smog Veil prides itself on its catalog of “underground, challenging, unknown, and/or bombastic rock ’n’ roll.” (Label artists include the legendary Pere

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14 Apr 2008 // 9:00 PM

Kaki King’s SXSW showcase introduced audiences to her shimmering guitar work and self-effacing stage presence. Despite the “Queen of the Acoustic Guitar” moniker, King

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9 Apr 2008 // 8:01 PM

Judging from the self-deprecating humor in Bobby Bare, Jr.‘s songs, you’d never guess he was a Grammy nominee at age five. Country fans

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8 Apr 2008 // 1:52 AM

Former Small Faces keyboardist and Rolling Stones sideman Ian McLagan has called Austin home since the 1990s. And, as he says, it’s a welcome

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6 Apr 2008 // 8:30 PM

Imagine you’re a tween or a teen in suburban America.  The walls shake with the sound of band practice in the family garage.

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27 Mar 2008 // 9:01 PM

At Austin’s legendary Waterloo Records, Elf Power treated patrons to a lively in-store performance, with songs from their newest album, In a Cave (Rykodisc).

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26 Mar 2008 // 9:01 PM

What happens when a drummer whose resume includes the Screaming Trees, Neko Case, and Nirvana grabs an acoustic guitar and steps up to the mic?

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26 Mar 2008 // 2:24 AM

Ska beats and politically charged lyrics—two great things that taste great together. Just ask Dave Wakeling, touring once again with the English Beat. Of

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9 Dec 2007 // 8:57 PM

Interview

Pierre and Katya are too strange and too duplicitous for their conversation to have any deeper level than simply skewering the vapidity of most celebrity journalism.

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