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Sunday, January 1 1995

Blue-Eyed Hanson Man

Let's just sit down and talk this through like the adults we both are.

Interview with Neil Halstead

Neil Halstead is something of a British songwriting hero, having had helmed revolutionary shoegaze outfit Slowdive before founding Mojave 3, a dusky folk-rock band.

Kicking Against The Pricks!: An Interview with Half Man Half Biscuit

PopMatters talks to the most complete and authentic British group since the Clash -- Half Man Half Biscuit.

On the Couch for Your Audition

HAL's Dave Allen explains how the band got to this unexpected place.

Pat Green: Texas Songwriter

Although he's been a big hit with fans, at least regionally, Green's relationship with critics has been rather different -- indeed, 'Pat Bashing' seems to have evolved into a minor Olympic sport. [...] Most critics have also pointed to what they see as Green's limited subject matter when songwriting, confined primarily to Texas, tacos, beer, and road trips.

“I Don’t Want to Be Folklore!”: Grandmaster Flash Is Back!

Grandmaster Flash invented hip-hop and DJ culture in America.

Excerpts from the Misery of Grandaddy

Jason Lytle is a bitter man. Good thing he's got this pop record to finish.

The Grandeur of Grandaddy

Astute musical chameleons or tragically faddish trend-hoppers? PopMatters music critic Jon Garrett deconstructs the Grandaddy mystique.

All Aboard the Mule Train: An Interview with Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes

Are you an entertainer or are you a musician? Warren Haynes discusses the expanding rift between art and entertainment in a climate that champions celebrity over integrity.

Fat with an ‘F’: Talking to Beth Ditto of the Gossip

It's a long way from squirrel-eaters to punk activism, but Ditto's taken it all in.

The Go! Team is On!

Ian Parton takes his rowdyism from basement tapes to main stage.

Talking Oceans Apart: An Interview with Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens

From the other side of the world, one of pop's best songwriting duos slowly gets their music heard.

The Boogie Monster Meets His Match: An Interview with Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley

'It's good clean fun, nothing more complicated than that,' says Cee-Lo. Who'd have thought that approach could make music history?

Githead: Not Your Father’s Supergroup

Githead is preened and primped at the finest hairdressers and stylists. (Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner).

Ironman Vs. the Devil: An Interview with Ghostface Killah

One of hip-hop's top MCs won't run from anything, and while he might not want to punch you in the face anymore, he still wants to be the best.

Full Circle, Not Four Square: An Interview with Dave Allen of Gang of Four

'It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you...' So, Gang of Four decided to come back with the original gang of four, rerecord some old tunes, do a tour, and change your world.

The Reluctant Chanteuse

Charlotte Gainsbourg talks about the perils of having famous parents and the films that inspired her new album.

DIY for Life: An Interview with Eric Gaffney

The Sebadoh founder talks about life after that band, home recording, self-promotion, and the worst roommate he ever had.

Just the Four of Us: An Interview with the Futureheads

Bassist Jaff explains that things have calmed down, but between a new label and old tributes, he must be talking only about the music.

Back to the Future: An Interview with the Futureheads

Fall in love at a gig? Maybe the Futureheads know something you don't.

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