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Cathedral: Keep ‘em Guessing

Instead of carrying on with the same old doom metal, Cathedral mastermind Lee Dorrian decided to pull out all the stops. The result is a lavish double album that will befuddle some and enthrall many.

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Buckling up for KFC’s Double Down

I wanted to feel like a poor man’s Andrew Zimmern, a poorer man’s Anthony Bourdain, bravely about to embark on an edible adventure by eating KFC's bunless Double Down sandwich.

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Hard Work: An Interview With Shout Out Louds

While roaming the streets of Stockholm, Shout Out Louds’ Adam Olenius talks about their new album Work, the effort the band put into it and their passionate new producer, as well as their views on television performances and the Olympics.

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Technology and the Soul of College Radio

While college radio and technological innovation have long gone hand in hand, technology may currently be ripping the soul out of the beloved broadcast format.

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Greil Marcus on Van Morrison: When That Rough God Goes Riding

This is the story of a burly monk in shades, of flesh chasing the divine, of a voice ecstatic in southern blues and gospel and Celtic mysticism.

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20 Questions: Steve Almond

Steve Almond, who’s latest book, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life (13 April) talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about high ideals for literature – and how sexy William Shatner is.

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Friends Opportunities: An Interview with Deerhoof on Record Store Day

Saturday is the third annual Record Store Day, and to celebrate, PopMatters caught up with Deerhoof mastermind Greg Saunier about the re-releases the band is putting out for RSD, the revival of the MIDI format, and feeling like a king in Russia ...

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Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia

Suburban discontent in Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, John Updike's Couples and Richard Ford's Independence Day. The idea or myth of suburbia is just as real as the actual shopping centers, schools, etc.

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The Colossus Returns: An Interview with RJD2

Best known by his performance name, RJD2, Ramble John has mastered the art of a perfect snare hit, blaring horn hook and soulful vocal all from the comfort of his sampler and Technics.

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15 Apr 2010 // 10:00 PM

Living Outside the Box: An Interview with Tanya Tagaq

Up in Nunavut, that winter calm... I’m looking out and there’s nothing: not a house, not one vehicle, and you don’t know if anyone has ever walked there before. It’s really humbling, and it’s okay to die.

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Pour Some Sugarland on Me: Why Country Music Is the New Classic Rock

Question: Since everyone seems to love the big arena-rock of the '80s, why don't they make records like that anymore? Answer: They do. It's called country music, now.

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The Revival: A Declaration for Female Emcees

Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").

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People Said It Was Impossible: An Interview with Dosh

Loop-master Martin Dosh is releasing his latest full-length, Tommy, this week. PopMatters talks to Dosh and some of the album's contributors (including Andrew Bird) about his unique creative process and the benefits of collaboration with other artists

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14 Apr 2010 // 9:00 AM

No Crossover: An Interview with Steve James

Sports, prejudice, and the tumultuous, fascinating life of Allen Iverson are all the focal-point of Steve James' latest, touching sports documentary. James speaks to PopMatters about race in America, Fox News, and the subjectivity of films themselves.

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Sedition of the Ignorant, No More: A Profile of Comics Evangelist Ruben Miranda

For the past 30 years, Miranda has been an avid reader and collector of comicbooks. Now working at Manhattan's Forbidden Planet, Miranda uses his encyclopedic knowledge to connect people with the books that they will love.

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13 Apr 2010 // 1:35 AM

Lady Gaga: Fame Over

Lady Gaga is the return of the repressed mainstream, a Frankenstein of Tumblr fantasies and Twitter dreams. Social media’s decentralization and relativism run amok have brought us to a breaking point.

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The Virgin King in the Land of Strangelove

Tim Tebow, as much as he resembles Rocky, similarly embodies a deranged general bent on destroying the world via nuclear holocaust.

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Mental Machine Music: The Musical Mind in the Digital Age

How has the digital age changed our "musical brains"? At the quantitative level, what factors in the digital age lead our brains toward different musical choices? On the qualitative level, how have our listening experiences changed?

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Dan Aykroyd: From Ghost Buster to Spirit Drinker

Long before launching a premium vodka based on the crystal skull tales, Aykroyd educated the masses on blues music and the paranormal -- in addition to being a comedy genius behind many of the '80s most quotable movies.

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20 Questions: Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is a Renaissance man whose work should be read, learned from, and admired. His latest, Eastern Stars publishes this week. He tells PopMatters 20 Questions why he’ll take rebels over saints any day.

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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