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Conversation Peace: An Interview with Bruce Sudano

While "impostors to the throne" hold court, chart-topping songwriter Bruce Sudano searches for common sense and compassion on 21st Century World.

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Sisters Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne Cover Favorite Songs on Their First Duet Album

“When I hear those modern country records on the mainstream radio, I hear such a cynicism and darkness, it’s depressing to me,” Moorer said.

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Sabahattin Ali’s ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’: The Turkish Novel That Refuses to Die

Maureen Freely, president of English PEN, talks with PopMatters about this slim, decades-old romance that has emerged as a symbol of resistance in the face of brutal state repression.

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Monk and Coltrane Return to Vinyl: A Conversation with Producer Nick Phillips

The classic 1957 studio encounters between a mature Thelonious Monk and an up-and-coming John Coltrane are now remastered for high-quality vinyl. The music deserves it.

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The Way Is the Goal: A Revealing Talk with KMFDM’s Sascha Konietzko

"I was not musically inclined to begin with," says Konietzko, "I came to music from a technical point of view. Like ‘How do you make sounds like this. How do you make dub reggae?’"

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14 Aug 2017 // 11:51 AM

The Wild Reeds Are Growing Like Crazy

The tie that binds the band’s sound is the ethereal harmonies the three women achieve on stage and in the studio.

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14 Aug 2017 // 9:10 AM

Don’t You Think They Know? An Interview with White Reaper

"I wouldn't say I'm too caught up on maturing: I mean I play in a rock band for god's sake."

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I Wanna Destroy: An Interview with EMA

EMA talks with PopMatters about her new album Exile in the Outer Ring that tackles issues like the harmful effects of gentrification and the political divisions rife in our societies.

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Whom to Love and Whom to Hate in War and Film? Interview With ‘Land of Mine’ Director and Cast

"I have always been drawn to the flip side of the coin. My other two movies are also about the demons, the hate, and the betrayal," says Martin Zandvliet.

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‘Maudie’ Director Aisling Walsh on the Enduring Appeal of Cinema’s Collaborative Nature

"You get younger people in to see this movie and they're hugely effected. I’ve heard teenagers walk out saying: “I never knew you could make a film like this."'

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8 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jlin: Warrior of Art

On the heels of massive praise for her latest album, Black Origami, electronic music innovator Jlin talks with PopMatters about her methodology and the lessons learned on her pursuit of inner alignment.

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Randy Newman Weighs in on Putin, Science vs. Religion and More in New ‘Dark Matter’ Album

Randy Newman has set his artistic crosshairs on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli Talks About ‘In Spades’, Prince, and the Critical Beat

Greg Dulli tells PopMatters that "nothing's excluded when it comes time to write a song... I am absolutely omnivorous."

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Oddballs on the Rise: Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary on SNL and ‘Brigsby Bear’

SNL star and writer Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary discuss the jump from live TV to making their first feature film, Brigsby Bear.

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‘Detour’ Director Christopher Smith Says He Hasn’t Even Started Making Horror Movies, Yet

"I think horror has become utterly boring... (E)verybody has got to pull their socks up a bit and start to dig a bit deeper," says Smith.

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Small Beauty, Big Ideas: A Conversation with Lambda Award Winner Jia Qing Wilson-Yang

‘Best Transgender Fiction’ winner’s work challenges Can-Lit and the representation of identity.

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1 Aug 2017 // 9:26 AM

Liam Gallagher Is Still Cranky After All These Years

Liam Gallagher is releasing his first solo album. Of As You Were, set for release Oct. 6. Gallagher figures, “It ain’t the best record in the world, it ain’t the worst record in the world.”

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Perennial Underdogs, Dion and Norton Prove a Perfect Pairing

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.

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25 Jul 2017 // 9:56 AM

Vic Mensa Finds Redemption the Hard Way

“We have a society right now where you can count on two things to continue -- opioid ODs and Chicago violence -- and I found myself in the middle of both,” Mensa says.

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Deep Soul Diving: Jahshua Smith Deconstructs ‘The 4th Wall’

Smith's music is balanced on a sagacious tip, where he examines the rigmaroles of daily life through the Afrocentric prism of dialogue and debate.

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'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality

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"With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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