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How Perfume Genius Learned to Live in the Moment

After touring his essential fourth album No Shape for a month, Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) talks to PopMatters about why this project is his most immediate and everything that implies.

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Echoes of History and Nature: A Conversation with Jökull Júlíusson of Kaleo

JJ Julius Son, lead singer of Kaleo, speaks with PopMatters on his early influences and how he will never fall into the trap of a single genre.

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“Still It Keeps Haunting You”: Thom Bell Revisits the Dionne Warwick Sessions

In an exclusive interview with PopMatters, Grammy-winning producer Thom Bell recalls bringing Dionne Warwick to number one and crafting her critically acclaimed "Track of the Cat".

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Mark Cousins, Director of ‘Stockholm My Love’, on Art and Compassion

"Often for reasons of anxiety or fear, or lack of money, we don’t feel fully alive and so that’s what art tries to do."

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20 Jun 2017 // 8:46 AM

For Amy Black, Better Late Than Never

Amy Black is an inspiration for artistic late bloomers.

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Netflix Mystery ‘Shimmer Lake’ Opens Up a Conversation About the New World of Film

"Studios are not making these types of movies anymore... and so places like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube Red are coming in and filling the void," says Footprint Features CEO, Adam Saunders.

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All Moviemakers Are Liars: Nick Efteriades on His Short Noir Thriller, ‘Pronoia’ (premiere)

With the protagonist thrust into a fictional situation inspired by an actual event, Pronoia is like a fusion of Melville's Le Samourai and Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad.

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Four Voices Is a Quartet of Greats: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, Emily Saliers

Folk artists Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have joined forces in the collaboration Four Voices.

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The Sweet Spot Between Expression and Familiarity: An Interview with Becca Stevens

Jazz-pop great Becca Stevens is breaking from being billed as a band to craft a progressive solo effort that will take many of her fans into new and fascinating places.

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There Are Still So Many Barriers to Break: Zoe Lister-Jones On ‘Band Aid’ and Women In Film

Zoe Lister-Jones writes, directs, and stars in her feature debut, Band Aid, a heartfelt relationship comedy that, unlike the epically popular Wonder Woman, boasts an all-female crew.

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Digging the Earth: Michael J. Sheehy on Music, Politics and Personal History

Miraculous Mule introduces politics into their poisonous melodrama on their latest album and frontman Michael J. Sheehy shares his greatest musical inspirations.

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From Punk Fan to Rising Star: Jade Jackson Delivers Formidable Country Rock

California country-rocker Jade Jackson tells PopMatters her story and talks about her debut album, Gilded, which was produced by Social Distortion's Mike Ness.

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7 Jun 2017 // 9:00 AM

Now Hear This!: Hoops

The guitars ring with lo-fi charm and some would easily compare Hoops to the basement pop madness of Ariel Pink. This band has something to say and one of the catchiest albums of the year.

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Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell on Creating One of Their Most Uplifting Albums Yet

One of the UK's pioneering dance groups went wild and weird for their homespun new effort, out now as the band celebrates their 27th anniversary.

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As Mysterious As They Wanna Be: An Interview with Dungen

Dungen founder Gustav Ejstes talks about his band's international success, scoring a classic silent film, and the creative mystery.

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Feel and Form: A New Font Inspired by Miles Davis’ ‘Masqualero’

Like Miles Davis, the Masqualero typeface has a strong duality; there are two ways of looking at it, outside and in.

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Dangerous: Son Lux Face the New America

In the fallout of the 2016 US presidential election results, Son Lux took their experimental compositions and shaped them into something decisively political.

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Drawing From Experience: Comedian-Director Demetri Martin on ‘Dean’

After a successful career as a stand-up comedian, Demetri Martin finds himself marching down a new path as a director, albeit with a few doubts in mind.

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By Wonka, for Wonka, Against Wonka: The Eugene J. Candy Co.

Fickelgrubers, Prodnoses, and Slugworths: modern candy "freak" Eugene J. reflects on the science behind the literary legend, Willy Wonka.

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A Dreamer on a Different Scale: Michaël Dudok de Wit on Creating ‘The Red Turtle’

de Wit emphasizes respect for the audience in his animated works, and feels he's succeeded "...when the spectator is carried clearly and explicitly in a story, and then it's suddenly open to interpretation."

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The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

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"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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