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Thank the Lord for Marty Stuart and his Mullet

What better way to soothe modern worries than by taking in classic country music with a side of hillbilly humor?

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18 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

China Underground: The Uighur Jimi Hendrix

Like almost no other music in China, the kid’s improvising. He’s rattling off little motives from Spanish folk songs and then, without notice, shifting his fingering patterns and taking the music in completely new directions.

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17 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Whither MySpace?

Like good nightclub promoters, MySpace sought out the ladies, then created an experience that everyone enjoyed. But is the party coming to an end?

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The Death of the Second Folk Revival

If the Second Folk Revival put the power of recording into the hands of the artists, what’s been happening these past five years or so has put that power into the hands of everyone: cell phones that record video, ProTools and Cakewalk, Movie Maker and MySpace.

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20 Questions: Christopher Potter

Christopher Potter captures the universe as we know it between the covers of his compelling book, You Are Here, but closer to home, it's Doctor Who that captures his fancy.

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14 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Some Sing with Swing

With spring comes a rush of jazz vocalists and some of them can actually sing. Others ... not so much.

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Summer Hours: An Interview with Olivier Assayas

Assayas’ newest film Summer Hours, and in fact his entire oeuvre, is consistently magnanimous, in representing a universe of real women and colorful female characters of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds.

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God as a Character: David Berman’s Journey Through Israel

Silver Jew follows David Berman with a camera during his first-ever trip to Israel in a documentary that covers not only the man and his music, but also his intensely personal spiritual journey.

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Meaningless Landscapes: G. Willow Wilson’s and M.K. Perker’s ‘air’

Airports and airplanes are extreme manifestations of a placeless McWorld, and Jihad is a backward-looking form of resistance to that placelessness, but we need not be limited by those choices.

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13 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Art and Appropriation

Using trash to make art is a political statement, though not necessarily the one the artists may intend. The implicit message, reduce and reuse, runs counter to the consumerist impulse to always buy more.

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Remembering the Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever

They moved to Macon 40 years ago. No one here had seen the likes of people like them before. This is their story, in the words of those who knew them best.

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12 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Obama is The Boss

What Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen share is an understanding that real life happens on the ground, regardless of the hot ideological winds blowing through Crawford or Washington D.C. or talk radio.

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How It Could Be Different: An Interview with Sarah Katherine Lewis

The sex worker turned memoir author and columnist discusses the egalitarian nature of the sex industry, the devaluation of the body, and why you should just go ahead and eat that bacon if you want it.

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Sinéad O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

Nearly perfect, and overflowing with determined beauty, one of the best recordings of the 1990s is given its due.

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11 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

“I Thee Wed”

Weddings performed by a justice of the peace, a ship's captain, or an Elvis impersonator don't fit into the historical, traditional view of marriage, performed in and sanctioned by the church – but they’re legal.

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Harder Than Moving a Couch: An Interview With Buddy Miller

The Nashville legend has had a dramatic stretch (including a trip to the Grammys and another to the hospital). He tells PopMatters what's really a challenge.

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Janet Jackson: Regain Control

With the musical world filled with young "divas", there's little room for Miss Janet, an innovator who popularized the Sexy Diva With Choreography paradigm in the first place.

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Commit: An Interview with Steve Earle

Earle digs through a mutual past for a new album of Townes Van Zandt covers, and he explains what it was like knowing, and being heckled by, the songwriter himself.

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20 Questions: Zachary Richard

Zachary Richard’s Cajun accordion speaks to the heart. Let that sound get in your ear and you’ll be out of your chair and on your feet before you can say Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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Gidget’s ‘Dear Diary—et al.’ – and All that May Imply

As things start getting a little steamy, Retro Remote 'sinks into nothingness' trying to mix Gidget and some serious film theory.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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