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March 2009

20 Questions: Jupiter Rising

The LA electropop duo Jupiter Rising may not be re-inventing the wheel with their club-friendly pop, but as Evan Sawdey noted back in 2007 "who needs to be revolutionary when you’re having so much fun?" The duo's (Spencer Nezey and Jessica Payo) new record, The Quiet Hype came out March 17th and the recently sat down for PopMatters' 20 Questions.


Janet, Madonna & George’s Unpopular Coming Out

Blues, jazz, funk and hip-hop have always masked white transgression, aiding generation upon generation to distinguish themselves from the conservative norms of whiteness bequeathed them; here was our generation’s Elvis, mocking and masking anything authentically black, trading love of the craft for sheer fame. And here on the black and white pages of Sex, she was showing us her beautifully dark skin friends, bragging about how much of a bad girl she was.


Hot Buttered Soul: Politics and Pop Culture Are Really One

When change is upon us and we need media most, more and more traditional media outlets will simply pick up and disseminate what fewer and fewer folks have placed on the corporate-filtered news wire. Luckily, my new White House friend is as funky as you wanna be.


Her Best Is Yet to Come: The Return of Gloria Scott

Long beloved by soul music aficionados, Gloria Scott is ready to give the world new music. Here's why it's taken 35 years…


Best of the Test (volume 2): Al Stewart, The Only Ones, Thomas Dolby, Prefab Sprout

The second installment in my look at some of the most memorable performances from the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test television program.


Screaming at Chris Cornell and His Critics

Several years ago I was a member of a very short-lived band, Sonic Boob. (Note: Band names have been changed to preserve the anomymity of


20 Questions: Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards recently released her latest album Light of X via Nettwerk Records. The singer-songwriter checks in with 20 Questions


20 Questions: Josh Reichmann

Mysticism runs wild on the Josh Reichmann Oracle Band's debut LP, Crazy Power, out now on Paperbag Records. The former Tangiers frontman is currently creating a one-of-a-kind genre, mixing layers of bouncing jazzy instrumentals over tribal beats, and matching it with his distinctive glammy, ethereal vocals.


Sonic Youth: Preparing for Eternal

Sonic Youth's 16th studio album Eternal is set to drop early this summer. I took a very brief look back to how we got here and, possibly, where Sonic Youth is going next.


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