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Melvins Man Talks ‘A Walk with Love & Death’, New Solo Venture

Dale Crover discusses the Melvins' willingness to break their own mold and what he and Charlie Watts have in common.

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Steady Dark Grooves: An Interview with the Horrors

Rhys Webb of the Horrors opens up about the process and direction behind their latest album, V, and how they've managed to thrive and stay together through their first decade.

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Locked In: An Interview with Electronic Producer Lee Gamble

"I like the alchemy of the whole thing. You have nothing and you build something and keep working and it feels like yours."

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Puerto Rican Illustrator Rosa Colón on Her Ode to Leaving Home, ‘Goodbye for Now’

Reminiscent of the short, simple stories of Adrian Tomine, Goodbye for Now shows the personal side of Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis.

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Backtrack to Center: An Interview with Wild Cub’s Keegan DeWitt

"We made the first [album] as a bunch of kids in a house, so we're just really happy that we've gone through this process to make this big, emotionally and artistically dense record."

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What to Push and When to Push It: Palestinian Director Maysaloun Hamoud on ‘In Between’

In Between emits an idealistic spirit to create unity, and Hamoud equally looks towards feminism as a unifying framework for the contemporary world.

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Hope Is Big: An Interview with Deer Tick

A long break for the band yielded not one but two albums: one all-acoustic and one all-electric. Deer Tick are back, baby.

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Counting the Stars: Treasured Singer-Songwriter Brenda Russell Shares Her Story

A composer of the Tony-winning musical The Color Purple, Brenda Russell revisits her rare solo album Love Life (1981), while legends like Roberta Flack, David Foster, and Valerie Simpson join PopMatters for an exclusive tribute to her career.

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Are You Still Certain? An Interview with Hercules and Love Affair

"It means something that we're up on the stage playing the songs we're playing because it helps [queer people] find the strength to be who they are."

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Synchronicity and Serendipity: Director Tomas Reyes Discusses Documentary, ‘Beyond Food’

Reyes talks with PopMatters about the motivations and ambitions for creating Beyond Food and the evolution of American attitudes toward food and health.

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Dave Grohl and Josh Homme on Rock ‘n’ Roll and Their Decades-Long Bromance

Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age are thriving, and not by refusing to evolve.

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Maximalism, Not Nihilism: Electronic Composer Dan Deacon on the Necessity of Creating

Dan Deacon talks with PopMatters about the 10th anniversary of Spiderman of the Rings, Ultimate Reality, and his original soundtrack for Rat Film.

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The Western Genre Feels Like Home: Dutch ‘Brimstone’ Director Martin Koolhoven

"I can't deny the fact I am influenced by westerns... I was determined to do something that had not been done before."

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Aesop Rock Holds His Tongue for the Sake of Cinema

Aesop Rock talks with PopMatters about his new instrumental score for Bushwick, as well as his creative process, future projects, appearance on Colbert, and his own admitted lack of versatility.

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St. Lenox and That Old Time Religion

Through the practice of law to music video directing, St. Lenox's Andrew Choi is working through many mediums to explore cultural anxiety in the era of Trump.

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Threads of Humor in the Darkest Places: Gail Honeyman on Her Debut Book About Mental Illness

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, now being adapted for a feature film, artfully balances dark humor and cathartic pathos.

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The Healing Power of Music: A Conversation with Linda Perhacs

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.

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Hard to Stomach: Romania, Anti-Semitism, and the Lessons of Fascism

Mihail Sebastian's depiction of the many faces of anti-Semitism in For Two Thousand Years, from workplace jokes to street violence, is breath-taking in its horror.

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A New Sound in the South: J Roddy Walston on ‘Destroyers of the Soft Life’

At any moment the band might tear a hole through the speakers with songs bursting at the seams with stadium-sized power.

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Charles Bradley’s Voice Full of Love and Hurt: The Interview

Soul master Charles Bradley talks about the painful changes that shaped his latest album and the way that his raw, powerful music helps him transcend heartache.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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