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20 Questions: Clyde Edgerton

Novelist Clyde Edgerton talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about Ry Cooder’s slide guitar, Errol Morris' Vernon, Florida, and the soothing effects of chicken watching.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: The Beautiful Music All Around John Work III

Work recorded the soundtrack of people’s lives, and captured the earliest stirrings of much of the music we’ve enjoyed since World War II.

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7 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Noise Bleed

The surfeit of noise in the modern world demands a genre of music that can match it, squall for squall. Humphrey reports on San Francisco's noise music scene.

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High Sierra Music Festival 2008

Despite the forest fires that plagued Northern California, the festival went off without a hitch, providing its own smoking performances and hot jams along with inventive instrumental interplay and socially conscious songs.

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Comic-Con 2008: Bigger Than Ever, But Does That Mean Better?

Comic-Con 2008 was a long weekend of geeked-out bliss and a chance to rub elbows with everyone from tiny independent comic artists trying to sell their books to big Hollywood stars. But it also meant gigantic crowds and impossibly long lines.

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6 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Smell Me

Regarding the ‘fume’ in perfume, and society's acceptance of forcing one's effluvium up the nasal orifices of others.

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Flight of the Dodos: An Interview with the Dodos

With prog-metal meeting West Africa, Meric Long and Logan Kroeber disguise a world of influences in their surprisingly complex sound.

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5 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Bombing of Bonneville

Bonneville is firmly committed to the “Female Gaze” in an industry where everything is geared towards only what men want to see.

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5 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Mad Men, Sad Men

The increasing prevalence and sophistication of advertising, the popularization of psychotherapy, and an emerging political consciousness in the American middle class all come to the fore in this excellent television series.

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Singer-(Song)Writer: An Interview with Juilana Hatfield

The talented, iconic rock star is laying it all on the line: both in terms of her personal life (in the form a bristling, tell-all memoir) and in terms of her career (with a self-financed new album). In a candid, biting new interview, Hatfield talks about what drove her to such a do-or-die proposition.

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Better You Be a Team Player

Sports, as emphasized in films such as Eight Men Out and The Untouchables, are a helpful way of organizing and enforcing our daily behaviors.

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20 Questions: George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos takes a little time from his prolific career to contemplate with PopMatters the temptation to try out a silencer and laser sight.

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3 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

DHARMA’s Bent Reality: The Video Game Sensibility of Lost

Perhaps the most complete and fascinating assimilation of video game-type content into a different medium at a deep and thorough level occurs within the narrative world of the popular television show Lost.

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3 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

A Walk Through the Medina

It's fascinating to think that a culture that produces such deep and soulful bass music could also contact its spirits via the shrieking, grating sounds of this flute, yet such is the nature of Moroccan music.

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The Eccentrics

You need not be popular to break the rules, and you need not be popular to break your own conventions. Sometimes the very best music is being crafted right on the fringes of the mainstream, and it is for that reason that sometimes you will find some of rock music's greatest DETOURS.

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Esquerita: The Other Originator of Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp

This ultimate "odd man out" -- homosexual, black, bizarre-looking, crazy-behaving, and even crazier-playing rocker -- was pushed into the shadows beyond the bright lights of Little Richard.

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30 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Lucha Libre London

Twenty and 30-something Londoners, all eager to dive headfirst off the turnbuckle into another culture, weren’t going to be disappointed.

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Fighting Words: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Orientalist fantasy? Neoconservative propaganda in a literary guise? The debate over Reading Lolita in Tehran

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The Innovators

Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.

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29 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Sargasso Sea

The BBC-Wales version of this classic has Chai yelling, ‘Enough with the tragic mulattoes, already!’

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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

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"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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