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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 // 1:14 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 // 1:14 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 // 1:14 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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Who’s Tapping Into the Dream Market?

They don't make gay laundry detergent, lesbian deodorant, bisexual tomato paste, or transsexual wine coolers, but the effort to appeal to the LGBT demographic is on the rise.

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Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with ‘A Dotted Line’

PopMatters got an advance listen to the new recording from the "newgrass" sensation -- and an interview with guitarist Sean Watkins.

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28 Mar 2014 // 1:14 AM

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for April 2014

April's "Listening Ahead" offers some early impressions of the month's most intriguing albums, including new releases by the Afghan Whigs, Wye Oak, and Cloud Nothings.

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The Sound of Venezuela’s Restlessness

As protests continue to rage in Venezuela, a traditional Venezuelan spirit is on display. It is thoughtful and reflective, yet opaque. It might be best understood through the music.

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“It’s Liberating Not Having to Compromise My Guts”: An Interview with Doves’ Jimi Goodwin

As the frontman for Doves, Jimi Goodwin proved to be quite the pop craftsman. On his new solo album, he creates a sort of personal mixtape, styles all around, Goodwin telling us how as a solo album, it couldn't have existed in any other form.

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Sex, Drugs, and Honey Nut Cheerios

Nelly on Cheerios is a deconstructionist’s dream: full of sweet contradictory goodness.

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A New Book Calls for a More Activist Black Church—But That Might Be Easier Said Than Done

The difference between churches of service and activism is seen by the degree to which they hold to the philosophies of black theology, a school of religious thought that emerged in the wake of the racial tumult of the ‘60s.

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Will We Dry Up Before We Bleed?: An Interview with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew

Kevin Drew is emotionally unflinching, both on his songs and even during one-on-one discussions. A lot of people think his new album, Darlings, is about sex, but as our intimate chat proves, it goes deeper than that.

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SXSW Science? The Interactive Conference Puts on a Lab Coat

This year’s SXSW Interactive keynotes didn’t headline 20-something social media entrepreneurs or garage tinkerers who’ve hit the big time or brilliantly polished C-suites sharing their vision of the future. The stars of the show this year were scientists.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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