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The Noir Traveler Returns: The Evolving Sound of Alvarius B.

The Invisible Hands have given us a glimpse of Alvarius B.'s (Alan Bishop) view of the world from the center of Cairo. It's not a happy perspective, but there's a hint of hope.

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In Defense of Not Wanting to Hear Your Band Perform a Favorite Album Live

When a band performs its best album at shows, over and over, it's like they're admitting that they'll never achieve that particular level of greatness again.

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The Moody Blues: Masters of the Mini Epic

While so many of their progressive rock contemporaries were writing novels in the form of side-long suites, the Moody Blues were masters of the short story.

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New Riffs From Jazz Lips: From Eminem to Sun Ra

There's an unending flow of vocal jazz these days, which is a blessing and a curse. Beyond the glut of rehashed standards from 50 years ago, some original work shines.

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“There’s Always a Streak of Cold in the Warm”: An Interview with iamamiwhoami

In a rare interview, iamiwhoami's Jonna Lee opens up about the project's development, its future, and the two full-length albums she scrapped along the way to making the stunning blue.

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Scott Walker and Sunn O))): If You Don’t Beat Me, the Stasi Will

Soused’s trapped, bleating circus elephants are harbingers of the prison-planet drones and transhuman monstrosities yet to come. Prepare for heightened beatings, motherfuckers.

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The Interpreters: In Another Voice, Another Song

In reinterpreting the words and music of their male peers, songwriters like Tori Amos and Joan Baez create whole new works of art.

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New Landscapes From the Ruins: The Mystique of Buying Records

While owning a record may seem commonplace, some artists hold the controversial view that these "postcards" actually ruin the musical landscape.

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Kicked Out of a Building That Then Collapsed: An Interview With Travis Morrison

The veteran indie singer-songwriter discusses the past, present, and future of the Dismemberment Plan, how D'Angelo and Pearl Jam influenced their music, and what it's like to grow up making records.

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What Does Heavy Metal Say About Canadian Identity?

This rollicking look at the intersection of heavy metal music and Canadian identity reveals some interesting connections, and raises some important questions, too.

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“That Feels Good in the Heart”: An Interview with Butch Walker

He's produced hits for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more, but on his forthcoming Ryan Adams-produced album, Butch Walker explores some of the darkest corners of his soul.

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Let the People Play What They Want to Play: An Interview with Moon Hooch

James Muschler, drummer for EDM and dubstep infused jazz trio Moon Hooch, discusses his group's new record, being shut down by the cops, and finding happiness in jazz.

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10 Nov 2014 // 2:20 AM

The Concept Album As a Performative Genre

Pink Floyd’s concept album The Wall is a key example of an artwork that the studies of the musical theatre are missing out.

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The Uncontrollable Nick Oliveri in His Own Words

The bad boy of rock and the badass of metal. This is Nick Oliveri without a filter.

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Just Pick Up the Guitar: An Interview with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry

Joe Perry continues to just pick up that guitar and create songs and has no intention of stopping, proudly saying "I might as well put them out because I've got more coming!"

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An Interview With Earth, Wind & Fire Bassist Verdine White

After a comeback album last year, the funkiest group alive, Earth, Wind & Fire, decided to record a holiday album, and also open up about their legacy, performing for the President, and more.

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5 Nov 2014 // 2:20 AM

The Uncertain Fate of College Radio

Artists like OutKast and R.E.M. were first heard on college radio. As corporations take over these stations, what will it mean for artists and students?

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‘A Bigger Sonic Palette’ for a Weird Party: An Interview with Jukebox the Ghost

Jukebox the Ghost talk about their most collaborative album to date, how Rolling Stone begged to hang out in the studio with them, and their lack of knowledge about classic ghosts.

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Sequels, Monsters, Robots, Heroes and Apes (Oh My!): Year Two of ‘The Next Reel’

What does Tom Petty think of Cylons? What does the Polar Bear from LOST know about CPR? Why does everyone think this author is a produce clerk?

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“Music Will Be Your Friend When No One Else Can”: An Interview With Mike Farris

PopMatters caught up with Mike Farris at the 2014 Americana Music Festival. His work places him firmly in the legacy of soul greats like Sam Moore and Otis Redding.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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