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Fade Away Slow: An Interview with Tamaryn

When a musician describes one of her tracks as "an early Madonna song if it was produced by My Bloody Valentine", you know you're in for something special.

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Music Writer Jessica Hopper on Her New Anthology and the Role of Women in Music Culture

The Rookie andThe Pitchfork Review editor talks about her latest collection of writings, spanning over a decade.

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12 Aug 2015 // 1:02 AM

Real Dphrepaulezz: A Conversation with Fantastic Negrito

"It took a long time to get here. Twenty years just to get here, to the voice of Fantastic Negrito. If I'm honest," Dphrepaulezz reflects, "it takes a long time to be honest with yourself."

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No Apologies: A Critique of the Rockist v. Poptimist Paradigm

Both rockists and poptimists treat music as not much more than a social commodity, a consumerized product within the spectacle of American capitalism.

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Existential Rap: An Interview With LOSTBOYEVSKY

With the release of his debut mixtape Rhymes 'N' Puns 'N' Shit, art rapper LOSTBOYEVSKY talks about rapping in South Korea, the nature of art rap, and technology's impact on life.

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What Is the Real Story of the Atomic Bombings?

America claimed the atomic bomb ended World War II and saved American lives. Journalist and historian Paul Ham calls that “a pack of lies”.

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What Is New Orleans Producer Carlo Ditta Talkin’ About?

A "keeper of the flame of funk", Carlo Ditta, releases his first album.

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20 Questions: Tim Noyes of Handsome Ghost

Last year, PopMatters premiered Handsome Ghost's "Blood Stutter". This year, we caught up with Tim Noyes after a performance to have him answer '20 Questions'.

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5 Aug 2015 // 1:02 AM

All Hail Hair Metal Heart

Ever since grunge rock turned Heart’s hair metal meal ticket into a scarlet letter, the Wilson sisters have twisted one of the greatest arena rock trilogies ever into a Judean desert-level tale of temptation with a Mutt Lange-ish Devil offering up industrial-sized cans of Aqua-Net, too-tight corsets and platinum albums in lieu of all the kingdoms of the world.

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Heavy Hitters: An Interview With the Isley Brothers

Kendrick sampled them, UK dance groups cover them, and that's just a smattering of the Isley Brother's current legacy, summed up in a new history-packed box set.

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Newport Folk Festival 2015: Dylan ‘65 Revisited and the Community at Fort Adams

The 2015 Newport Folk Festival was an amazing event with a great lineup of artists, the vibe of a small community and a beautiful location.

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A Public Service Announcement From Your Future AI Overlords

Perhaps what worries Stephen Hawking and his fear mongering colleagues is not some hostile Other like Agent Smith from The Matrix, but the more pedestrian Other that is other people.

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Class Actress Plays the Role of Femme Fatale on Her Latest EP

The synthpop artist's Movies is a concept work, with her native Los Angeles serving as the backdrop.

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Them Changes: A Conversation with Thundercat

He's the go-to bass mastermind who's anchored already-iconic albums by Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington. For his latest mini-album, Thundercat gets both sad and weird, taking us on a true emotional journey.

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Getting the Poison-to-Punch Ratio Just Right: Mini Mansions Steps Into the Limelight

Mini Mansions discusses the band's current/future efforts, the sometimes-arduous process of writing compelling lyrics, and the intimate interrelationship they maintain to pop, music, and the wider culture of major-label work.

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How a Streetwalker Became America’s Sweetheart

Pretty Woman was porn-lite for women long before Fifty Shades of Grey came along, and apparently, it still is.

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27 Jul 2015 // 1:02 AM

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Curious Legacy of Outkast

When it comes to hip-hop, everyone remembers who kicked down the front door -- but no one remembers who opened the windows.

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Animotion Talks About the Hit Song That’s Been an ‘Obsession’

Animotion member Bill Wadhams looks back at the band's big hit, "Obsession", which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

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Where Have You Gone, Monsieur Hulot?

Persistent themes of Jacques Tati’s films were work and play, two forces in conflicting or complementary relationships, always inspiring creativity regardless of configuration.

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When Do Misogynistic Lyrics Become Hate Speech?

Hip-hop, free speech and misogyny at North by Northeast.

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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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