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Rise of the Jötunn: In Flames in the 1990s

Four early and crucial albums by Swedish metal greats In Flames get reissued as part of Nuclear Blast's "Reloaded" series. There's no better time than the present to see what all the fuss is about.

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Does Video Game Criticism Need a Pauline Kael?

Kael, much like video game critics today, was faced with a massive philosophical shift in her chosen artistic medium that large quantities of critics were against.

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16 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

I Can Almost Taste It

For someone who wouldn’t know my mortars from my pestles, I seem to spend an awful lot of time observing chefs in action.

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Smash Hits to GQ: Adventures in Magazine Writing

GQ journalist Chris Heath talks with PopMatters about music and celebrity journalism, the Pet Shop Boys and a lifetime of scribing for major magazines in the UK and the US.

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16 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

“The Dust of Rumors Covers Me”

Cryptic hints and odd rumors ramping up to a bizarre, rushed release. When you think about it in the context of Bob Dylan, maybe it isn’t so unusual after all.

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America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band

The Maddox Brothers and Rose recorded songs that would be considered controversial even today. But 60 years ago, they were incredibly groundbreaking, and paved the way for outspoken female singers like Loretta Lynn.

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Jigsaw Falling Into Place: Revisiting Radiohead’s ‘90s Output

With deluxe reissues of Radiohead's first three albums in stores next week, PopMatters takes a look back at Pablo Honey, The Bends and Ok Computer.

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20 Questions: The Bacon Brothers: Kevin & Michael

The Bacon Brothers (yes, that Kevin of the silver screen) meld their lyrics and musical compositions into gritty rock with a touch of Philly soul, and for 20 Questions, they compose their responses in brotherly harmony.

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Hip-Hop Hooray: Tributes in Rhyme

Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.

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The Joy of Sex: An Endless Smorgasbord

‘Ingredients’, ‘Appetizers’, ‘Main Courses’, ‘Sauces and Pickles’ and yet more modernized recipes. Yes, there is another brand new edition of that 1970s classic, The Joy of Sex.

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Calmer [Brooklyn, NY]

Calmer's patchwork aesthetic extends all the way from classical and jazz influences to scrap metal instrumentation, all in service of sound collages woven with meticulous care.

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Facebook Children of a Lesser Cause

Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) -- but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?

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We Can’t Be Grumpy All the Time: An Interview with Snow Patrol

After a hit as big as "Chasing Cars", it would be inevitable that Snow Patrol would face some backlash. But drummer Jonny Quinn and co. don't really care to match that success. Instead, they're writing upbeat love songs, learning from U2, and trying out some fly fishing for good measure ...

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The Secret Policeman’s Balls

The seemingly smutty and initially baffling title is the collective moniker for a series of Amnesty International benefit concerts, held in London.

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Kids Listen to the Darndest Things

Like these kids, my enjoyment level has never been as high as it was for the crap I loved when I was 13.

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Requiem for a Record Store: An Interview With Atomic Records’ Rich Menning

Atomic Records, one of the Midwest's most storied independent record stores, will soon close up shop after nearly 25 years. We sit down with Atomic founder Rich Menning to talk records, rock 'n' roll and the future -- or lack thereof -- of independent record stores in America.

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10 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

20 Questions: Bibio

British electronic artist Bibio has just released his third album, Vignetting the Compost. He tells us about his work and love for Walt Whitman in these 20 Questions.

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9 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Don’t Touch that Dial

If Congress had its way, Dorothy would have clicked her ruby slippers together and chanted, “There’s no place like home theater. There’s no place like home theater.”

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The Devout and the Dirrty: Consumer Choices in Bewildered Times

Throughout the centuries philosophers and religious thinkers have encouraged women to feel grateful for their subordination. It’s only against the red light of ‘Dirrtiness’ that the chastity movement could ever have struck us as fresh.

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9 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

Punk Invades the Auction House

There were no shocking sales at the first-ever Christie's auction of punk and rock posters, but plenty of surprisingly good deals

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Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

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"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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