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The Waiting Was the Hardest Part: Warren Zanes on Rock Icon Tom Petty

Tom Petty biographer and respected musician Warren Zanes speaks on heroin headlines, playlist gems, and playing the long game in rock music.

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‘Victoria’ Director on How He Made the Most Thrilling “Crazy Little Dog” of the Year

Sebastian Schipper has created a single-take marvel that has won awards, invigorated young audiences, and is finally hitting Stateside.

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Blitzen Trapper Nation: Eric Earley Wakes, Discusses Latest in Long Line of Fine Moments

Blitzen Trapper continues to release gorgeous, emotion-provoking albums that raise more questions than they answer. And that's alright.

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On Ameripolitan: A Lesson in Country Music from Dale Watson

No, Dale Watson didn't watch the CMA Awards, because he founded his own, and the flagship Ameripolitan artist doesn't hold back about the state of the scene, why he broke off from the mainstream, and his fiery new album.

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No More Bones: An Interview With CHVRCHES

With Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES vaults the bar set by its debut, The Bones of What You Believe. Multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook speaks with PopMatters to explain just how that happened.

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The Empress Of Impossible Dreams

Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of) is a no-bullshit pop music storyteller for our modern age, and talks to PopMatters about the numerous cultural influences of her debut full-length Me.

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“Cats Need to Lighten Up”: An Interview with Wolf Eyes

Noise veterans Wolf Eyes bring I Am A Problem: Mind in Pieces to Jack White's Third Man Records, and live to tell the tale.

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Musicians Are Cowards: An Interview with Pere Ubu’s David Thomas

Rock savant David Thomas, of art "punk" acts Pere Ubu and Rocket from the Tombs, weasels his way out of logical contradictions surrounding the early days, consumer culture, and the state of music today.

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5 Nov 2015 // 11:30 AM

John Irving Wrestles with Memory in ‘Avenue of Mysteries’

John Irving has used the wrestler’s tool kit to become among the very best known novelists in America.

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“The Closer I Look”: A Conversation with Small Black

Recovering from a devastating loss at the hands of Hurricane Sandy, Small Black's Josh Kolenik crafted not only his best record, but also one inspired by his loss, his affinity for Blue Nile records, and, of course, '70s American cinema.

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29 Oct 2015 // 9:14 AM

John Prine Reflects on a Life Rich in Music

John Prine: “Just by singing the songs in (new) keys, just about all of them became brand new to me; it was really a surprise! So it renewed my interest in the old songs."

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Part Past Part Fiction: A Conversation with the Chills’ Martin Phillipps

Martin Phillipps discusses his struggles as well as his creative reawakening and his newest album, Silver Bullets, a record that's been in the works some form or another for nearly two decades.

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All in a Day’s Work: The Kurt Vile Interview

In the midst of supporting new album b'lieve i'm goin' down, Kurt Vile talks about family, inspiration, and blue-collar life (Philly style).

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“Living and Breathing”: A Conversation With Glen Hansard

With a stellar new album out now, Glen Hansard expresses gratitude for the opportunities afforded to him by the success of Once, while at the same time has his eyes firmly set on the future.

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Who Cleans Up When the Party’s Over? An Interview with the Good Life

Eight years since their last effort, Tim Kasher of Cursive and Ryan Fox shake that "other band" tag by making their best, weirdest disc yet.

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Trailers for Films That Don’t Exist: An Interview with Destroyer

Dan Bejar is a man of many talents, but after the burnout of promoting his breakthrough Kaputt, the man behind Destroyer made a record on his own terms.

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28 Jul 2015 // 10:03 AM

Diplo Is Reaching Out to Grab You

Diplo is having a serious pop moment, with two song-of-the-summer candidates near the top of Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

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Turbowolf Talks Two Hands: In Conversation with Chris Georgiadis

Vocalist Chris Georgiadis of British hard rock act Turbowolf discusses his band's latest release Two Hands, creativity and inspiration and what it means to be 'punk' these days.

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9 Jul 2015 // 1:00 PM

Musician Jason Isbell: I’m ‘a lot more comfortable in my own skin’

Jason Isbell is releasing Something More Than Free, his fifth solo album since being ousted from stalwart country-rock unit the Drive-by Truckers in 2007.

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Adding Color to a World of Music: The Revival Rock Stylings of the Moons

"Don't let the bastards grind you down!" encourages music industry veteran Andy Crofts. As frontman for British rock band the Moons, Crofts seeks to spark creativity and musicality in a throng of eager fans.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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