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“A Fun, Giddy Sort of Dare”: An Interview with Chris Brokaw of Codeine and Come

Codeine. Come. Pullman. The New Year. A quick glance through Chris Brokaw's career is nothing short of intimidating, but after a successful reunion with Codeine, Brokaw sits down to talk to us about Come, the band's legacy, their new reissues and so much more ...

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After the Flood: An Interview with Big Country

Over a decade after the tragic loss of their frontman, a devoted fan base and a high-profile U2/Green Day cover helped put Big Country right back on the map, and for the first new album in years, Bruce Watson walks through every step of this truly amazing Journey.

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Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City

An oral history of Detroit and its music told by the people who were on the stage, in the clubs, the practice rooms, studios, and in the audience, blasting the music out and soaking it up, in every scene from 1967 to today.

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On Wanting to Dream: An Interview with Deafheaven

PopMatters talks with lead screamer George Clarke of Deafheaven about his band's creative process, his writing influences, and the simultaneous allure and darkness of the pursuit of wealth in the Bay Area.

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“Kind of Serendipity, I Think”: An Interview with Jody Stephens of Big Star

Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...

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Sounds of War: Music in the United States During World War II

While Dinah Shore, Duke Ellington, and the Andrew Sisters entertained civilians and G.I.s with swing and boogie-woogie, Fauser shows it was classical music that truly distinguished musical life in the wartime United States.

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Aquarius Rotten: Über-hard and Über-heavy Meets Psychedelic Pop, Part 3

All of these bands covered reflect the Age of Aquarius rotting, with their twisted psychedelia or progressive rock, doom-laden or whirlwind riffing, or dissonant arrangements; and you can hear their echo throughout heavy metal’s many sub-genres today.

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Country Music Ain’t Black & White: ‘Hidden in the Mix’

These explorations of the African-American presence in country music are welcome at a time when country music is treated, by insiders and outsiders, as a purely white genre, and exceptions to that are treated as aberrations, gimmicks or novelty songs.

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Aquarius Rotten: Heavy Rock, Blues and Progressive Converge, Part 2

Legions of underground musical legends litter the heavy rock graveyard, and this feature surveys a horde of those rowdy rockers.

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27 Jun 2013 // 11:45 PM

Why Radio Still Matters

The key to radio’s survival is to embrace streaming, social media, and other means of establishing a global identity – all while maintaining a presence in your back yard.

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Aquarius Rotten: The Japanese Jimi Hendrix and More, Part 1

The heavy rock superstars of the late '60s and early '70s who inspired and nurtured metal's burgeoning years are all well known. However, there are innumerable more obscure or unheralded groups that fortified the heavy metal machine too, and many are infinitely more interesting than their more famous brethren.

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‘It Begins and Ends With Love’: A Conversation with Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan

Best-selling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses her new memoir in a conversation that explores the transformative power of storytelling, the redefinition of family values, and the radical potential of love.

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Creating Enlightened Society with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Mipham, a Tibetan lama who is somewhat akin to a Gen-X version of the Dalai Lama, is the leader of the international Shambhala organization. His presence in the Bay Area is viewed as rare and auspicious.

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A Key Brick in the Wall of Sound: An Interview with Darlene Love

The final installment of PopMatters' Performer Spotlight on the women of 20 Feet from Stardom is a lesson in the power of love; Darlene Love that is.

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20 Jun 2013 // 11:15 PM

Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music

Revealing how music mediates both the ideology and the lived experience of race, Hidden in the Mix challenges the status of country music as "the white man’s blues."

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Annihilations Return: Locrian, and the Beauty in Decay

Many bands aim to evoke the feel of humanity's end, but few bring portentous visions of decay quite like experimental/avant-metal trio Locrian.

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Keeping Great Company: An Interview with Claudia Lennear

Claudia Lennear vanished from music. Morgan Neville found her. 20 Feet from Stardom connects the dots.

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The Women of ‘20 Feet from Stardom’: Lisa Fischer

Why do Mick, Sting, and Tina cast the spotlight on Lisa Fischer? As 20 Feet from Stardom reveals, she knows how to stop time.

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The Fearless Trumpeter: An Interview with Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is more than a brilliant jazz trumpeter. His long-standing quintet is one of the most flexible groups in jazz, and his work as a composer of film soundtracks is distinctive.

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The Women of ‘20 Feet from Stardom’: Merry Clayton

As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.

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