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The Best Metal of 2016

Adrien Begrand celebrates the best heavy metal of the year in all of its thrilling diversity.

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Ready For “Change”: Cindy Wilson Talks Upcoming Album, Stage Show, and New Collaborators

Ryan Monahan had no idea that taking a birthday party gig would change his musical life. Neither did the B-52's Cindy Wilson, who tapped the musician to help her create her first-ever solo release.

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An Italian in New York: Mondo Marcio Gets Fresh

Italy's favourite rapper mines the crates of American '90s hip-hop on his latest work.

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You Can Go Home Again: An Interview with R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills

Mike Mills of R.E.M. tells PopMatters about his new "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra" project.

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The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2016

The following ten albums rightly outshine the competition and best represent what made 2016 such a diverse and phenomenal year in progressive music.

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Nouvelle Vague’s Olivier Libaux Talks About Why We Need Music to Discover New Worlds

Documentaries, tours, and the bossa nova song stylists' first ever stab at original songs infuses the celebrated group with new energy, new life.

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Finding the Sublime in Jazz, an Argument for Abstraction

Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.

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Tales From the Trees: An Interview With Carly Simon

In her best-selling memoir Boys in the Trees, Grammy and Oscar winner Carly Simon finds Orpheus, fights the Beast, and shares the moment she saw clouds in her coffee.

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Let’s Get the Good Stuff Out: An Interview With James Newton Howard

Enamored with the power of storytelling, the Eight-time Academy Award nominee was pleased to write the score for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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You, Me, Everyone: Martin Tillman Discusses Inspiration For ‘Superhuman’

Cellist and composer Martin Tillman opens up about his new album and remembers the big dreams he dreamed before coming to America.

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The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963

A new sound was cropping up in Detroit in the late '50s, a sound quite unlike anything heard before.

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Write Better Songs: An Interview with Sleigh Bells’ Derek Miller

On the band’s fourth album, Sleigh Bells’ Derek Miller fought to set parameters for their expansive sound.

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16 Nov 2016 // 3:00 AM

Leonard Cohen and the Death of a Ladies Man

Leonard Cohen, synchronicity, and coping at the dawn of a darker age.

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Extended Dance Mixes: An Interview with Fujiya & Miyagi

In crafting three EPs to make the basis of their new album, Dave Best walks us through what sudden fame feels like, how he doesn't really care about album sales, and the most irritating aspects of Postman Pat.

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Old Ideas and New Generations: What Leonard Cohen Means to Us

Leonard Cohen endures and conquers. But does he mean something different to Millenial audiences than he did to their parents? Can the legend of Cohen escape its own clichés?

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A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

This is a portrait of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved for the prophets.

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All Acoustic Instruments and Kitchen Utensils: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band History With Jeff Hanna

With half a century of music and friendship, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues forward with Circlin' Back.

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The Yin and Yang of the Universe: Conversations With Max Bemis and Chris Conley

Max Bemis and Chris Conley discuss the new Two Tongues record, family matters, and connecting to the rock and roll muse.

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An Unwitting Anthem: How Fergie Moves the Cultural Needle With “M.I.L.F. $”

As a piece of pop culture "M.I.L.F.$" alludes deftly, cheekily, and authentically to three aspects of one’s induction into the club of mothering.

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Are Vikings Even Real?: A Conversation With Sadie Dupuis

While many know Dupuis as the bandleader of Speedy Ortiz, the angles of her new project, Sad13, are provocative, unexpected, and maybe just what we need right now.

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