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On Madonna’s Art for Freedom: Why You Can’t Change the World with a Tweet

Madonna's Art for Freedom project proves that social media is not a productive tool for activists who want to impact public policy and alleviate human rights violations.

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You Can’t Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.

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“This Is Our Sophomore Attempt”: An Interview with Pixies

Speaking to PopMatters, Pixies detail every step towards Indie Cindy's creation, reception, and what's next for the group...

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16 May 2014 // 2:10 AM

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Mad World celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the ‘80s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period including Duran Duran, New Order, the Smiths and here, OMD.

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EMP’s Pop Conference Goes Mobile and Returns Home

In its 13th year, the Pop Conference offered more exciting ideas about music and mobility than you could shake a walking stick at.

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A Gay ‘Idol’, and We Don’t Mean Judy Garland

It's no secret that American Idol has had LGB contestants before, but the show seemed to adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" policy up until this season, until M. K. Nobilette.

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Don’t Call It a Comeback: Tori Amos on Her Elegant ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’

In a year when '90s staples like Beck and Neneh Cherry are delivering records of substance, Amos is delivering yet another quiet storm. But is it in fact the "comeback" some want to make it?

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First of Generations: Richard Calland on South Africa’s First 20 Years of Freedom

We talk with political commentator and legal scholar Richard Calland on his unique vision of the role of popular culture in South Africa.

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Keep on Moving: A Conversation with the Horrors

Speaking just before the release of their new album Luminous, PopMatters talks to the British alt-pop heavyweights the Horrors about artistic progression, the need to escape your influences, and the terrifying tedium of East London.

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Hallelujah the Hills - ‘Have You Ever Done Something Evil?’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Have You Ever Done Something Evil?, the new album by Boston's Hallelujah the Hills.

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Her Best Is Yet to Come: An Interview with Paulette McWilliams

Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Mathis all share one voice in common. Her name is Paulette McWilliams.

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Getting Naked, Playing with Guns: An Interview with Andrew Jackson Jihad

They started out as a fiery "folk-punk" outfit, but have drifted far away from such genre confinement. The band tells us about Nicholas Cage films, Temple Grandin, and why their new album is about not one, but multiple apocalypses.

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Wesley Wolfe - ‘Numbskull’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Numbskull, the latest power-pop nugget from North Carolina's Wesley Wolfe.

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In Defense of Turning 30 and Living to Tell About It

Turning 30 means you still might be able to achieve some sort of greatness, but your definition of greatness changes more often than your pant-size.

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A User’s Guide to Parody Religions: Churches of the SubGenius & the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Our prophet explains that we may know what gravity is, but we don't know the cause of it, thus, “What if it is He, pushing us down with His Noodly Appendages, that causes this force?”

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More Beautiful Blues: An Interview with Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett

The Eels prime-mover answers questions about the band's new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, which follows the tradition of other tragedy-driven greats in his storied and beautifully sorrowful discography.

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16 Apr 2014 // 2:14 AM

Goldieblox vs. the Beastie Boys: A Parable on Permissions

When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”.

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15 Apr 2014 // 2:14 AM

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.

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14 Apr 2014 // 2:14 AM

Rock the Cashbox: The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Sellout

How you can’t sell your soul to rock ‘n’ roll because it has already sold its soul... There once was a time during the new Age of Aquarius when the length of someone’s hair meant more than the balance in their bank account.

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Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport

In the late 1800s, America’s most popular spectator sport wasn’t baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Indeed, when a New York arena overbooked, fans rioted.

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Indie Horror Month 2015: 'Dark Echo'

// Moving Pixels

"Dark Echo drops you into a pitch back maze and then renders your core tools of navigation into something quite life threatening.

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