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The Best Indie-Pop of 2013

In 2013, the best indie-pop felt like "secret music" meant for our ears only and, at the same time, like we're being pulled into a community.

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Trapped in a Car Driving Through the Desert with Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘A Taste of Cherry’

As civil liberties were absorbed by the religious state and exacting codes of conduct were implemented with brutal force in Iran, Kiarostami used his canvas to show hope to his countrymen.

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Searching For the Old(er) Soul Rebel: An Interview with Dexys’ Kevin Rowland

Following the US release of new Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar, Kevin Rowland talks about why it took so long to get back in the studio, the benefits of meditation, and why he's not your friend.

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The Best Indie Rock of 2013

It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.

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Purify: An Interview with Placebo

Placebo have been a cult band of reknown for years, but even after all this time, they are trying new things like taking guitars out of some songs completely, turning down offers to make more money, and loving their process more than ever.

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27 Nov 2013 // 3:14 AM

Black Vinyl: Confessions of a Music Collector

When I touched a copy of the Beatles’ Rarities from The Odd, Older Man’s box of records, the hair stood on the back of my neck.

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Okay, Let’s Talk About Magic: An Interview with Fuck Buttons

Not many noise/electronic duos get their music featured in the Olympics, but Fuck Buttons aren't any ordinary group, and they talk to PopMatters about their big gold medal moment, their new album, and so much more.

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“A Keyhole View of Our Goofy World”: Kristin Hersh on ‘Purgatory / Paradise’

Expecting the unexpected has always been a good way to go about experiencing Throwing Muses' music. But if there's a constant to the beloved band and its leader Kristin Hersh, it's that she follows her own, well, muse, as she explains in an interview with PopMatters.

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Wild Melancholy: An Interview with Zachary Cale

Zachary Cale may know everything you'd want to know about the fingerings and folk-picking styles of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell, but he's not interested in recording historical artifacts.

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The Heavenly Reverberations of the Church’s “Under the Milky Way”

Into 1988's pop music climate came “Under the Milky Way”, a moody, jangly song that didn’t fit in. Its closest contemporaries were R.E.M. and the local “paisley underground” scene of Los Angeles, which included bands like the Bangles and Rain Parade.

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Your Chariot Awaits: An Interview with Moonface’s Spencer Krug

Wolf Parade. Sunset Rubdown. Moonface. No matter what moniker he's donning, Spencer Krug remains a compelling figure, and with his vulnerable new album, people see new sides of him, and he tells PopMatters about that, the status of all his bands, and so much more.

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Like the Man Says, When the Face Got Revealed, Game Got Real

Ghostface Killah rose through the ranks of Wu-Tang Clan, paid his dues, and deserves his rightful place as the savior of the Wu-Tang regime.

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Primal Thrash Therapy? Lessons from the Life of Metallica’s James Hetfield

From an odd and tragic childhood, to life as an underground metalhead, to crazy success, James Hetfield has managed a mountain of rage quite well.

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What If God Doesn’t Hate Fags After All?

Both James Alexander Langteaux and Mary Griffith have become leading voices in the discussion about how one can align a deeply personal relationship with God and support the LGBT community. Yet, neither wanted the job.

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At Last, She Is Free: An Interview with Alfa Anderson

Celebrating a brand new video and her very first solo single, Alfa Anderson reflects on CHIC, Luther Vandross, and all the other "good times" from her four-decade career.

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Start Again: An Interview with Counting Crows’ Adam Durtiz

Counting Crows have never played things by the book, which is why the Oscar-nominated group's third live release is filled with covers, and Duritz talks to PopMatters about his process, his regrets, and what fans can expect next ...

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Let’s Start a Band: An Interview with Max Bemis of Perma

Max Bemis' new project is a collaboration with his wife Sherri, who fronts Eisley. Bemis talks balancing his family life with his recording one and how marriage has changed his music, but not in the way you think.

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Big Data Follows and Buries Us in Equal Measure

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange noted that the East German secret police employed ten percent of the population as informants. The genius of Facebook is that it's an emoticon-besotted surveillance apparatus through which friends rat out friends routinely.

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8 Nov 2013 // 3:30 AM

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him

Controversial and somewhat enigmatic, Richard Pryor’s performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn’t just new—it was heretofore unthinkable.

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Let It Spill: An Interview with Los Campesinos!

After losing one of their founding members, Los Campesinos! were at a turning point, wondering whether to go on. Good news for us, they did (in the form of new album No Blues), and sonic architect Tom Campesinos! tells PopMatters all about it ...

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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