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Sunday, January 1 1995

Bad Boy This And Bad Boy That

MTV's runaway reality hit 'Making The Band 2' has been a guilty pleasure for millions of Americans for nearly two years. PopMatters caught up with Jason Wiley in between meetings at the Bad Boy headquarters.

Asking Why?

He's not known for honesty, but on Yoni Wolf's new album, he's not taking the piss.

Life’s Natural Rhythms: A Conversation with Jim White

In light of his upcoming film, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, White reflects on the elusive identity of the American South, impromptu communal joy, and the tenacity of self-consciousness.

To the East Coast and Beyond!

West Indian Girl, after a lengthy studio process, heads out to take on the world.

Taste the Waste: A Conversation With Gene Ween

PopMatters music critic Matt Gonzales digs deep to find out what makes Ween evil to the core - and good to the last drop.

Song of the Traveling Clawhammer Banjo Player

Abigail Washburn reflects on the two worlds that inform her art.

Something in the Air: An Interview with the Warlocks

Two drummers? A sound reminiscent of Swinging London? An evasive lead singer? PopMatters sets out to determine the myths and truths about mystery-rockers the Warlocks.

Singing Along With Your Walkmen

These Brooklyn softies are in great danger every day.

What Goes Around Comes Around: A Conversation With Patricia Vonne

Don't mess with Texas or a green-eyed girl. Whatever it is, Patricia Vonne has got it going on. But PopMatters is taller and wears bigger shoes.

The Slow-Burning Songs of Vetiver: An Interview with Andy Cabic

Devendra Banhart's favorite songwriting partner, Andy Cabic, is back with a darker, more percussive second album that will take more than a couple of spins to sink in.

Make It Beautiful and Trash It: An Interview with John Vanderslice

You might guess that John Vanderslice knows the secrets of great recording, but who knew the same tricks worked for photography and filmmaking?

Karl Hyde’s Dirty Epic

Throughout their career, techno kingpins Underworld never bothered looking back. Does the release of their first greatest hits compilation mean they've entered their golden years? That's not the case, according to Karl Hyde; things are just getting interesting.

Superstar Tourism: An Interview with Carrie Underwood

'I keep my camera with me everywhere I go,' says American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. 'I try not to be too annoying with it.'

Ugly Duckling

The group formed in 1992-93 with members Dizzy Dustin, Young Einstein and a guy named Clout.

True Fictions: An Interview with Two Gallants’ Adam Stephens

Already a master storyteller and folklorist at 23, Stephens brings us to the frontier, Thomas Edison, and the drunk tank.

Pumpin’ the Brakes

PopMatters gets answers from Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian of British rock duo Turin Brakes.

Crash Landing in Los Angeles: British Songwriter Alex Troup Soldiers on in an Unfamiliar Place

Now a full six years removed from the release of his former outfit's first and only album, the erstwhile frontman for Crashland now finds himself halfway around the world, looking for a fresh start in southern California.

The “C” Word: The Trash Can Sinatras Are Back

Fresh off a sold-out LA show and well-received SXSW showcase, the Trash Can Sinatras are definitely experiencing a revival. But has comeback become a dirty word? PopMatters investigates.

The Ship Is Sinking: An Interview With ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Trail of Dead's Conrad Keely talks about the fate of the world, the course of history, and other minor matters.

A Family Room Affair: The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

A modern-day Partridge Family, or novel, biting social commentators? PopMatters meets up with the Tractenburgs for a lesson in family affairs.

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