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March 2010

20 Questions: Russell Taylor

Gymnast, actor, writer, violinist, and (oh yeah!) soul music singer-songwriter, Russell Taylor shares his renaissance qualities with PopMatters in this latest edition of 20 Questions.


Ladies and Gentlemen, Hide Your Drugs - The Return of the Libertines

Cue the jokes about scandalous riders: The Libertines are back, reuniting for this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. Ever since the Libertines split, the


Which Artists from the ‘90s and the ‘00s Deserve Induction into the Rock Hall of Fame?

You winced — didn’t you? — when ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. Or were you cringing when the


The Posthumous Sales Bump

Analyzing the phenomenon of the inevitable spike in album sales and interest of an artist after they die.


Notes Toward “Two Women Named ‘Jones’: An Exegesis.”

1.0 Mention that I was up late when I came up with these ideas, kind of a disclaimer. (“Dreamin’ when I wrote this / So sue me


Masters of the Form: Funkadelic, 1978 - One Nation Under a Groove

Some artists are more than merely great. There are some artists that for a period of years, a period that is finite, consistently produced music that, it can be argued, far exceeded the work of their peers. For that brief period of time they were definitely Masters of the Form.


iTunes Fails to Get to Know Me

The homogenization of music isn’t anything new. For ages, the less nerd-savvy customer service geek in corporate record stores has been twisted and trained


The Replacements: In Love with Alex Chilton’s Song

I have to confess, I’m not too familiar with the musical oeuvre of the recently-passed Alex Chilton. Most of what I know about the


Verse-Chorus-Verse: “Dear Mama” - Tupac

Recording artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.


Not Nearly Too Much Posse

Now, I was taught back on my block...


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