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20 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Bluegrass Grows in Brooklyn

The Five Deadly Venoms are leading the charge of a thriving bluegrass scene in Brooklyn.

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Magazine: The Correct Use of Soap

Magazine's The Correct Use of Soap is such a wayward, iconoclastic record, so willfully out of kilter with its own time, that its sound-world and emotional landscape remain unique in pop.

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19 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Pete Kelly’s Blues

Jack Webb's glum radio series 'Pete Kelly's Blues' is a sigh of a tribute to the roaring '20s, a melancholic parade of blistering jazz and the pointlessness of its own nostalgia.

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Celebrating the Celebration: Music’s Timeless Captivation

We will always create it, always embrace it, and always find new ways to harness its power.

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From CD to MP3: The Degradation of Music Curating

So much of our musical landscape has changed. Rarely do I invite someone over to listen to an album over coffee, rarely do I make a mix CD for a friend, and what used to be an exciting outing to an independent music store has increasingly become a distant memory, as these autonomous ventures continue to fold

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Nobody Puts Twitter in a Curation Corner

Twitter has fast become a land of curators. But where does curation go from here, and do we really want it to go there?

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Why Does PopMatters Matter?

Pop matters because it is a reflection of how we collectively assign meaning and develop cultural responses to that meaning. Magazines like PopMatters give voice to those meanings and explore the natures of those cultural responses, allowing us all to share in them, and we open the doors for all who have the talent to express those ideas.

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One of Those Faces You Can’t Help Believing: Anthony Perkins in ‘Psycho’

The "shower scene" in Hitchcock's Psycho has become woven into our pop cultural backdrop, but it's the “dinner scene” that shines a narrow light on the character of Norman Bates.

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Does Criticism Even Matter Anymore?

Answer: it matters more now than it ever has before, as there is simply so much out there that it’s nearly impossible for one man, one publication, or one conglomorate to cover it all.

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20 Questions: Patricia Cornwell

20 Questions caught up with award-winning, international best-selling author Patricia Cornwell in a rare moment when her feet were on the ground.

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Looking for the Lost: Memoirs of a Vanishing Japan

With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.

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The Ever-Shifting, Hour-Glass World of Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III has recently undertaken the ambitious task of writing songs that Charlie Poole might have given voice to had he not sabotaged his own career trajectory.

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Sitting on the Mountaintop

Did Obama calm the rash of criticism regarding his inaction on gay rights with his recent speech to the Human Rights Campaign?

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You Only Live Once: An Interview With Nancy Sinatra

"When I die, I already know what my obituary will be, 'Frank’s daughter died with her boots on!' Ha.”

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20 Questions: Anvil

Still riding high off of the success of their acclaimed documentary (and likely Oscar-nominee), the founders of Canada's famed metal trailblazers Anvil sit down to answer 20 Questions about family, weed, and a surprising love of Star Trek ...

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Castle Walls of Blood and Bone: An Interview with Converge

With four landmark albums this decade alone, Converge has saved its best work for last. Vocalist Jacob Bannon talks with PopMatters about his music, his art, and his insanely talented band.

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Await Your Reply: Dan Chaon Talks About Self-invention

Lost, indie music and Final Destination inspired Dan Chaon's latest novel, Await Your Reply -- all deal with issues of self-invention and how we conceptualize the self, he tells PopMatters.

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Beautiful and Unique Snowflakes: Warren Ellis’ ‘Planetary’

Warren Ellis, once thought of by many as comics’ resident Orson Welles, an angry, embittered artist, is actually the industry’s Kurt Vonnegut, sent here to make us feel as if "everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt".

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Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.

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12 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Space to Breathe: An Intimate Chat with Air

With the release of Air's fifth full-length album, J.B. Dunckel discusses his experience working with Nigel Godrich, his desire to score the next Bond film, and his fear that in the future, anyone can sound like Elvis.

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Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

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"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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