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Horses for Courses: Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, Part Two

Sandwiched between Lil Wayne’s lyrical wizardry and Kanye West’s globetrotting techno-populism, Bob Dylan gave one of the festival’s rare encores on a day when nearly every band deserved one.

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To Hell and Back: Black Sabbath’s Dio Years

Ronnie James Dio's original three-year sojourn with Black Sabbath was mercurial, but it completely transformed and re-energized the band.

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The Dusty Foot Philosopher Kicks Up America

K'Naan stood on stage, drum in hand, focused on the two instruments that comprise and compose the totality of African storytelling: the voice and the drum.

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Horses for Courses: Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, Part One

With a line-up that read like a quick scroll through an FM radio dial, the Virgin Mobile Festival attempted to please every faction of the musical market and had more successes (Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sharon Jones, Wilco) than shortcomings (The Offspring).

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The Poetry of Fishing: James A. Emanuel

Fishing and writing are typically solitary crafts that offer fishermen and poets sweet opportunities for introspection.

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26 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Who Can Save Us Now?

Sherlock Holmes, pudgy heroes, and Superman’s sexual prowess: an interview with Owen King.

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26 Aug 2008 // 10:59 PM

R.I.P. LeRoi Moore

Even though I shed my DMB obsession years ago, I can't help but feel this is the end of an era. With Moore's passing, the band has lost its saxophone pillar, an irreplaceable voice, and they will never be the same.

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25 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Hope, Fear and Marketing

It’s more than mere semantics that one US presidential candidate has taken “hope” as his own concept. Is “fear” showing signs of fatigue as effective voter motivation?

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“A Language That Nobody Else Could Understand”: An Interview with Elbow

With their new album The Seldom Seen Kid fresh on shelves, the guys in Elbow sit down with PopMatters to reflect on the losses, tragedies, and hopes that got them to where they are now, all while celebrating the music that continues to unite this group over nearly two decades of existence.

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24 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

He’s Lost Control

The kids who grew up in the '90s had the haunted Kurt Cobain; my generation had the tormented Ian Curtis.

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24 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Women and ‘The Wire’

Why the most intelligent show on TV, a compelling exploration of the circumstances and institutional pressures that make people who they are, gets an "F" in Gender Studies.

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20 Questions: Larry Love of Alabama 3

Larry Love of Alabama 3 may be 'sick' but he ain't dead, yet. He claws his way out of a groovin' but dark, existential place to answer PopMatters 20 Questions.

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Horrors in the Closet: Horrifying Heteronormative Scapegoating

The artificial connection between homosexuality and communism created the popular myth of evil and undetectable gay subversives living inside 1950s American society.

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Yukio Mishima, of Love and Death

Death and sex were verboten, and Mishima took it upon himself to be a virtuosic provocateur; part passionate expressive modernist, part fervent traditionalist.

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They Happen to Be Girls: An Interview with Uh Huh Her

PopMatters talks with L Word star Leisha Hailey and her musical cohort Camila Grey about feminism, how storms make for a great concert, and how candlelit bathrooms are the best place to record vocals for an album.

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20 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Looking Back at Brubeck

Dave Brubeck has been incredibly popular, neither simplistic nor crass, yet critics have never much liked his music. What if you listen to him -- to his long career -- with fresh ears?

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A Righteous Babe in Uncharted Territory: An Interview With Ani DiFranco

DiFranco doesn't take the usual approach to the music business, but her horse-and-buggy style, as well as her motherhood, may turn out to be assets.

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19 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

In Praise of Ugly Shoes

Fashion and art are now irrevocably intertwined. Gloriously impractical and surprisingly sculptural, ugly shoes may be the new affordable art

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Hip-Hop Groups

Group identification creates interesting scenarios within hip-hop culture, from the formation and maintenance of group identity to the difficulties of promoting the lyrical skills of a group's various members.

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Brighton Wok: The Legend of Ganja Boxing

Brighton Wok is England’s first marijuana Kung-Fu movie. You get the bong, I’ll get the nachos.

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Smashing Pumpkins Rock for Revolution at Irvine Meadows

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"You know Corgan isn’t just going to play a greatest hits set and that’s to his credit, for a formidable catalog of deep cuts the Smashing Pumpkins have.

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