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April 2009

Feet don’t fail me now: Theme songs for breaking the chains of stereotypes in America

Even on the interpersonal level, there is no forgiveness in forgetting, and there is no progress in regret. When we promise to funk, to face truth unheard, and trust evidence unseen but known, we commit ourselves to a broader path of liberation, and therein resides our potential for progress.


Don DeLillo, screeching, and tacos: A night with Death Cab for Cutie

I really do. I love Death Cab for Cutie, but their uninspired and relatively unimpressive show at Chicago's Aragon Theater on April 13th demonstrated that the band, which is an indie rock mainstay, deserves to be able to alter their songs and recreate the musical experience for their fans.


Leonard Cohen’s Back on Tour and He’s Outstanding

Some of the songs are smoothed out with more "wedding band" type accompaniment, but Leonard Cohen's still got it.


Keeping Hope Alive: Remembering Opal and Mazzy Star

Not a ton of people remember Opal (actually, to remember a band, you need to have heard of them in the first place, right?). It’


SXSW 2009: Interview with Little Boots (video)

The first Little Boots (Caligula to his contemporaries) was a Roman emperor infamous for his sadism, who inspired a really bad 1980 film starring Malcolm MacDowell


Cash for Catharsis: Paying Artists to Write Songs About You

Say Anything's Max Bemis recently reopened his "Song Shop", wherein you can "buy" a Say Anything song for $150, the finished acoustic number arriving in your inbox a week later. Yet is it worth it? Where does the line between creativity and commerce end?


Herbie Hancock: Old School American Idol

Herbie Hancock Is Cooler Than Us And He Always Has Been


Lo-Fi Highlights

It seems that indie has turned from the glam and glitz of orchestral pop to the grit of lo-fi.


20 Questions: Venice Is Sinking

Georgia indie pop group Venice Is Sinking has released a few records that PopMatters rated pretty highly, Sorry About the Flowers in 2006 and AZAR earlier this year. Lucas Jensen, the band's drummer, sits down with 20 Questions to explain his theories about Star Wars and more.


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