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Get on the Bus: A Tutorial for the US Presidential Candidates

While it may be noisy, cramped, and crowded with voices that sound nothing like the candidates', every bus is a microcosm America -- and a perfect place to really meet "the people".

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Honoring Philly’s Finest: Gamble and Huff

Few producers in the history of American music moved bodies, warmed hearts, and inspired souls as effortlessly as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Befitting their achievements, Gamble and Huff head this year’s class of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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20 Questions: Steve Wynn

Wynn's new album, Crossing Dragon Bridge, comes out 22 April. He takes a moment to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions and consider what goes best with touring: a martini, Belgian chocolate, or espresso?

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Adventures in Retro-ism

Rightly or wrongly, black audiences have always tended to chase musical innovation, not musical reverence.

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The Carolina Games Summit Through the Eyes of the Ex-Core

Kids, spouses, and jobs are all huge time drains for former hardcore gamers. The appeal of games with unlockable content, beating impossible odds, or even ones that just take a lot of practice no longer work on this demographic. They really play them to kill time.

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6 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Service, with a Smile

If Service Included seems at first the wide-eyed induction of a culinary virgin to fine food, it quickly evolves into a circus of pleasures and absurdities experienced on the dining room floor.

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Inside the Fabulous Funk of the Brand New Heavies

Andrew Levy tells PopMatters how there's no blues in the Brand New Heavies' rhythm since N'Dea Davenport returned.

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The Play’s the Thing: Public Shaming of Pro Athletes

What no one in Congress will admit: morality in sports is pure theater.

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5 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Marillion, Afraid of Sunlight

Having made a name as prog-rock revivalists in the '80s, Marillion then lost its singer and slid slowly into semi-obscurity, the band responded with a dark album that assessed the fallout of fame.

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Historian: Interview with Brian Garfield

"I think that, except for its ludicrous violence toward the end, the Death Sentence movie does depict its character's decline and the stupidity of vengeful vigilantism." Death Wish creator Brian Garfield talks to PopMatters about remakes, sequels, writing, and the meaning of vengeance.

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Standing by Stephen King

Childhood and the end of innocence are vividly portrayed in Stephen King's novella The Body, and Rob Reiner's excellent interpretation, Stand by Me.

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Taking Their Passion Play to the Road: An Interview with Nightwish

If bassist Marco Hietala laughs easily, it's because his band's back where they want to be after a period of gloom and change.

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3 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Sex, Conservative Style

Love, American Style's debut was at the very instance when everything censors and prudes had worried over seemed to bubble and blister just beneath the social surface.

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If You Can’t Build a Whole, Build a Mosaic: An Interview with Jim White

Jim White is changing the face of democracy, or at least taking the drunken poet approach to things. White talks to PopMatters about his new record, Transnormal Skiperoo.

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By:Larm 2008: Pining For the Fjords

PopMatters surveys the smorgasbord of Scandinavian pop, metal and everything in between at the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway. Great music, splendid weather, $12 beers and lots of hot dogs later, we emerge already looking forward to next year.

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2 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Rock Hits Wall

Does a conservative obsession with its past threaten the originality and imagination of today's rock music? Pink Floyd's The Wall casts a long shadow on the genre.

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20 Questions: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho's "Beautiful" tour, launched in Australia, hits the States March 6th. But first she pauses to braid a big beasty boy's hair, do a little shimmy, and answer PopMatters 20 Questions.

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The Rickshaw as an Endangered Species

Bangladesh's endangered rickshaws and wallahs serve as brightly coloured, moving works of art, and as constant, mobile displays of human nature – often at its best.

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28 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Extra Ordinary: Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Mad Prophets

Despite its talking hamburgers, mechanical rabbits and the like, Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force is less surreal than hyperreal.

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Dear Planet Earth: An Interview with Sebastian Bach

Through reality shows, theater appearances, and Hep Alien, the enthusiastic Bach keeps his focus (and his funding) on his music, even if the industry is a bitchslap.

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