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1 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

I Me Mine!

If, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggests, the Web is still a drooling, id-driven baby that wallows in its own (proverbial) feces, it makes sense that we continue to be mired in its arrested development.

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“Megalomania Doesn’t Have a Tax-Bracket”: An Interview with Death Cab for Cutie

Suddenly finding himself with a chart-topping album, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard finds himself concerned with more important things than popping open a bottle of bubbly. It's just another day in the fun, crazed universe of Death Cab.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Bravery

Sam Endicott descends from the band's busy orbit to talk with PopMatters 20 Questions about rude bus drivers, the beauty of thumbprints, and his somewhat disconcerting freaky memory.

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29 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Fuse Box 2008 Part II

I felt as if a toy box had been opened and I got to spend the week playing with everything inside. It felt surreal, no, sub-real; toying with communication and twisting conventions.

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29 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Hurray for Hype

Enjoying popular culture is necessarily a social experience; hype supplies the ground rules.

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Not Another Winter: An Interview With Mark Eitzel

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel discusses entropy, violence, and why touring sucks. Just don't call him a miserablist!

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28 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Fuse Box 2008 Part I

Etiquette breaks down that fourth wall, invites you in, sits you down at its table, and serves you a glass of confusion that implies you are witnessing a suicide.

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28 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Tangled Up in Blue Note

"Blue Note" means there's a certain sound to a record, a style that is tight and sharp and funky but also adventurous. If jazz is music to shout about, Blue Note records may be the most shout-worthy of all time.

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27 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Surton Girls

The girls collected in Surton's photographs evoke butterflies pinned to a board in the dusty attic of a lonely lepidopterist.

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One Bare Shoulder: The Effect of Dream Street on the Sexual Identity of the Teenipopper

To the teenipop subculture at the turn of the century, youth's dizzying optimism and heart-racing infatuation were all that mattered. For most of these young girls, Dream Street would be the center of their first pubescent sexual desires.

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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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 10:59 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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