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John Scofield: A Guitar Hero for Jazz and Beyond

John Scofield's new recording, Past Present, is a revival of his very best jazz group and an affirmation that pop joy can live inside of jazz.

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“It’s the Process That’s Wonderful”: An Interview With Spooner Oldham

Spooner Oldham has built a career out of countless songwriting achievements. Now, some 40 years after his first-ever solo album came out, it's re-released, allowing a whole new generation to rediscover the greatness in Oldham's soulful sound.

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Rooting for Harry Lime: ‘The Third Man’ As Morally Ambiguous Heterotopia

The Third Man's film-noir vision of a fractured postwar landscape creates an ‘other space’ (heterotopia), through which its moral realities and boundaries still resonate.

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Edouard Bourdet’s Lesbian Play, ‘The Captive’, Was Certainly Captive of its Time

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home isn't the first lesbian themed work of art to garner acclaim and controversy; 90 years ago, The Captive set the precedent.

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Electrical Energy: An Interview with JR JR

With a name change and renewed sense of pop purpose, Josh Epstein of dynamic pop duo JR JR talks with PopMatters about the band's eponymous new album and so much more.

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Vaporwave Ambassador-Turned-Future Funk Heartthrob Talks about Change: A Chat with Skylar Spence

From the bedroom of Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi) comes Prom King, the first album under the new moniker of young producer Ryan DeRobertis. He shares his thoughts about dropping out of college, his surprising propulsion into the mainstream, and his growth as a musician.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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Music Fest Feminists Strike Back

This may be the year that sexist music festival organizers have finally met their match.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 2: 80 - 61

Just imagine songs this extreme making the American Top 40, let alone the Top 10… unthinkable.

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How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature?

In the late ‘90s there was an explosion of politicized art – film, video, and performance art – by trans artists. What we're seeing in literature today is a move to a much broader scale.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

Beginning today and continuing all week, we present one critic's best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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In France They Kiss on Netflix

What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?

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22 Sep 2015 // 8:04 AM

“I Love Going Crazy in My Songs”: A Conversation with Julia Holter

"I write with a character in mind. I just let myself write whatever comes out without it necessarily being directly a translation of what I'm aware that I'm feeling, you know?"

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“Mise en Abyme”: DJ Spooky on the Recursive Loops of Culture

DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation is a "destabilizing" remix of D.W. Griffith's original propagandist film, performed by Kronos Quartet. Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) shares the evolution of the film's relevance and his unique take on how life imitates art.

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L’Heure d’été: Osheaga 2015

Montreal's Osheaga Festival has quickly become the best destination festival in North America, during which the city pops with music, art, and culture.

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Free Agent of Sound: An Interview with Rob Mazurek

The heralded avant-jazz great Rob Mazurek speaks of space operas, working through grief with music, and, of course, the singularity.

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How Should We Respond to Terrorism?

After the Paris Attacks is a collection of research that moves away from the US to look at Canadian and European debates over terrorism.

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“Sound Is Our Weapon”: Protest Music and Black Lives Matter

"Hell You Talmbout" and "Cry No More" are a new kind of protest song that reintroduces traditional minimalism and congregational singing into this contemporary moment.

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The Next Level of Global Citizen: An Interview With Global Poverty Project’s Justine Lucas

The Global Poverty Project's crown jewel is the Global Citizen Festival but the organization works year round to get commitments from politicians and actions from citizens.

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The “Dom”-inant Strain: Dom Bouffard’s Manifold Sounds

A writer and musician of diverse works, Dom Bouffard discusses his evolution from punk-rocker to sound-art composer.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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