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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Black Sheep Boys Have Arrived

Okkervil River's Will Sheff might be more petty thief than serial killer, but don't think there's nothing dark lurking.

Rocking the Paisley Three-Piece Suit

OK Go discusses their new album, whirlyball, and gambling on fans' affection.

Not Totally Innocuous

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes negotiates phone mishaps and dismissive critics and still sounds like the happy twin.

My Backyard: An Interview With Nora O’Connor

The Chicago country singer explains the origins of her new record.

Behind the Show Behind the Music

The O.C.'s Alexandra Patsavas explains how music gets from her ears to your screen.

Everybody Likes TV: An Interview with TV Party Host Glenn O’Brien

PopMatters talks with NYC rennassaince man Glenn O'Brien about Warhol, Basquiat, Italian financiers, and getting TV on the mayoral ballot.

Next Phase, New Wave, or Still Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Nouvelle Vague combines periods and geography in its album of covers.

Ritual Improvisation: An Interview with No-Neck Blues Band

A member of the No-Neck Blues Band makes a rare foray into public conversation.

Understanding and Ability

talk to her for little while and she'll set about disproving it all on her own.

There Is No Room for Cocky Bands: An Interview with New Found Glory’s Ian Gruska

The 'sexy, chubby' bassist takes a break from his stream of tours to talk about life in New Found Glory.

Behind the Key Club: An Interview with Mark “Barney” Greenway of Napalm Death

Discussing impeachment and Margaret Thatcher, examining horror music and feminists, and listening to Journey. It's just the typical stuff for this hardcore band.

Strong on the Horizon

My Morning Jacket talks about how a new producer and new members brought a surprising shift in the band's sound on the forthcoming Z.

Kentucky Mystique: A Conversation with Johnny Quaid of My Morning Jacket

PopMatters music critic Matt Gonzales discovers what makes My Morning Jacket's sound reverberate with fans, all the way to the Netherlands.

Taking the Long Road: An Interview with The Music

The UK's hotly-tipped new band The Music's Robert Harvey discussed his group's resolve and their initial impressions of American audiences.

Words from the Exit Wound: An Interview with Albert Mudrian

What happens when one music journalist interviews another? On the other end of the microphone, Albert Mudrian talks about death metal, John Peel, and those pesky interview transcriptions.

The Medicinal Headphones

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats directs us to the volume knob as he takes on hockey's sissies.

The Wonders of Snow: A Conversation with Neal Morse of Spock’s Beard

Unless you just happen to be an ardent fan of progressive-rock music, you may not be familiar with Spock's Beard or its resident musical visionary, Neal Morse.

Minimize to Maximize: An Interview with Misstress Barbara

As artforms change, artists within them must decide whether to change also. On one hand, there's staying up-to-date. On the other hand, there's maintaining individual identity. How do artists stay relevant as their cultural contexts shift?

Long Live Scott McCaughey: An Interview with The Minus 5

The Minus 5 frontman is probably only a few degrees of separation away from you, and McCaughey is as happy working with long time pals as with brand new ones.

The Sounds of Buddy and Julie Miller’s Living Room

“We were actually in shock,” says Buddy Miller of the Americana Music Assocation’s recent decision to give the “Album of the Year” award to

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