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There’s Been No Wrong Turns, There’s Just  Been Detours: An Interview with the All-American Rejects

All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler doesn't care about matching the success of his last album, what other people think of him, or what album covers he lands on. All he cares about is his music.

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Quote-Unquote: Excerpts from Upcoming Oral Histories

The use of unfiltered direct quotes gives a veneer of authenticity, and the writer doesn’t have to do much actual writing.

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“It’s a Gut Feeling About the Music”: An Interview with Mac McCaughan

After founding the influential Merge Records, the inimitable Superchunk, and the prolific solo project known as Portastatic, Mac McCaughan is finally ready to look back at his career, his bands, and those wonderful four-track recordings that he thought he lost 'lo those many years ago.

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John Cassavetes’ Faces: The Authenticity of Discomfort

The camera always gets too close in Cassavetes’ films. These aren’t close-ups; they are invasions of private space.

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“Gone Country” and Hoping to Make It Back Alive

Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.

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1 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

Apocalypse Jukebox: Disaster, Revelation and Impossible Salvation

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Apocalypse Jukebox, Janssen and Whitelock inform us, “In no small way, rock ‘n’ roll’s early development took place in the shadow of a mushroom cloud.”

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20 Questions: Raul Malo

Grammy winner Raul Malo talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about his aversion to ewoks, a longing for Harlem circa 1930, and the fiercest bird on the planet post-prehistoric times.

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1 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

Woolf at the Door

Both Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham's The Hours offer an illuminating look at the choices we make, the roles we play, and the hours that hinge our lives together.

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Herb Kent: Another Reason Why Black History Month is Still Relevant

Throughout the late ‘50s and ‘60s, every city with a significant black population turned to a black-formatted radio station for the hottest sounds and pulse of the street.

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Beautiful Agony: The New Naked

Erotica website Beautiful Agony continues to revolutionize how both men and women approach sex and intimacy by revealing individual facial expressions of real, vulnerable human beings orgasming.

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It Starts with an Earthquake: R.E.M.‘s Monster

I have spent half my life being an R.E.M. fan, and I’ve consumed just about every album in their catalogue. So, at this point, I feel confident saying that Monster is unfairly maligned, and truly stands as one of their best.

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Blind Man with a Pistol: Ishmael Reed’s Misguided Pow-Wow

Anyone who has witnessed affirmative action policies in play can tell you that bad apples are chosen to fulfill a quota, not unlike a cop who harasses every citizen who bears a vague resemblance to a wanted suspect.

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Diana Ross Climbs Over the Mountain and Beyond the Valley

What happened when Diana Ross left the Supremes? The answer might surprise you. Two recently unearthed solo albums tell the story.

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Many Will See and Hear: U2’s Prescient Youth

U2's first three albums are an opportunity to try and remember what their youth was like, to contemplate how they grew into mega-mega-mega-superstars, with action-figure-ready personas and their own blockbuster-sized iconography.

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Getting Through Hard Times: Re-visiting Andi Watson’s Breakfast After Noon

In our sobering economy, Breakfast After Noon is more relevant than ever, as it addresses the psychic and emotional toll of unemployment.

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Mirror Twins: Conversations with Nels and Alex Cline

Although their careers have some similarities, the twin composers and songwriters aren't as similar as it seems, covering everything from the monastic to the chaotic.

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I’ve Got the Music in Me

Today, LGBT musicians can flourish as themselves, not hiding behind euphemisms and fictional record label biographies.

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23 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Apocalypse Jukebox: The End is Near, There and Everywhere

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Apocalypse Jukebox, Janssen and Whitelock talk about “the devil’s masterpiece for trapping teenagers, making them his slaves, and causing them to be the enemies of God.”

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Brick-and-Mortar Record Stores Are Trying to Get Their Groove Back

Like so many industries caught between two seismic sea changes -- the Internet revolution and the great recession -- stores that sell new music are in a fight for their lives.

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Les Claypool: Where Fish Congregate

Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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