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20 Questions: Tanna Frederick

Tanna Frederick speaks with PopMatters 20 Questions about the cat's meow, the best hot chocolate money can buy, and her intriguingly dexterous toes.

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26 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

I’m With the Band

When I started writing about music, I didn't realize that it would mean I'd become "the enemy". So though writing brought me closer to music and the people who make it, it also took me further away.

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Ripping It Off: An Interview With Times New Viking

Singer and drummer Adam Elliott explains the importance of volume, mistakes, and equipment that you can spill beer on.

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Dead But Not Buried or, When the ‘90s Took a ‘60s Turn

The post-Dead and post-Zappa bands of the '90s sought to subvert the prevailing trends towards crass commercialism, individual greed, and phony superficiality.

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Juggernaut Still Rides: Behind the Scenes and Times of Swervedriver

Swervedriver have been away for so long that most assumed they were never coming back. Yet here they are, 17 years after their debut, in the midst of a full-scale tour. This is how they lived to tell.

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This Is Not a Faded Photograph

The seminal Boston post-punk band Mission of Burma is back in force, and there is no better time to enjoy the perfect remastered editions of their initial Ace of Hearts output, with live DVDs to boot. Burma Rules!

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American Gangster: Motives, Outsiders, & Branding

American Gangster struggles to find fresh ways to tell its story within the confines of the traditional crime drama. Impossible, maybe, but entertaining nonetheless.

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21 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

New Testament Versus Old

It's a hard road, as a fella named John Osbourne once sang, but the respect that Testament has gained over more than two decades of personal and creative ups and downs is well earned.

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21 May 2008 // 9:59 PM

Straight Outta Gettysburg

A Civil War drumming technique becomes a YouTube phenomenon. But what good is it for songs?

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The Stars of Track and Screen

People who love sports love sports stars turned actors far more than we love actors playing sports stars.

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Trains and Boats and Covers and Toddlers: An Interview With Laura Cantrell

Cantrell returns with an album of covers influenced by motherhood, the war, and, mostly, the need to just play.

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Living the Dream: The Life Before Her Eyes

Kaisischke's grotesque images of the natural world remind me of Sylvia Plath. She is a master of highlighting the splendor and tragedy working side-by-side in everyday life.

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18 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Zen and the Art of Cramming

You will highlight and underline, memorize and prioritize. And you will not blink.

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20 Questions: Miranda Lambert

In the wake of her upset win for Album of the Year last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lambert sits down to riff on PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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Independent Film Festival of Boston 2008

The Independent Film Festival of Boston brought a slew of new features, documentaries, and shorts to Beantown for the sixth year. PopMatters has all the highlights (and lowlights) from films that tackled everything from vanishing languages to fashion design.

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Mama Said Knock You Out: Hip-Hop & the Family Unit

There are four hip-hop rules for families. One: Fathers, take care of your children and their mothers. Two: Don't talk about other people's mamas. Three: Be good to your own mother. Four: Repeat as necessary.

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15 May 2008 // 9:59 PM

Traveling Light

No supergroup has ever squandered more talent than the Traveling Wilburys. Yet despite themselves, they stand as an enduring testament to the sheer pleasures of collaboration.

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The People at the Airport Took it Well

Gay visibility on TV may have increased significantly in the last three decades, but consigned to secondary roles on network shows, the impact of that visibility is weakened.

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Discovering Margie Joseph: The Sound of Sweet, Soulful Vindication

Long lost albums by Margie Joseph surface after three decades and beg the question, "Was there more than one soul queen at Atlantic?"

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14 May 2008 // 9:59 PM

Tickley Feather [Philadelphia, PA]

Philadelphia's Tickley Feather brings a new face to the Philly music scene -- in part by tackling the national stage as a new recruit to Paw Tracks.

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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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