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The Indigo Girls Are Spreading the Pain Around

On their long-awaited 14th studio album, the Indigo Girls continue to expand on their influence as they reach out to long-time fans and new audiences.

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Who Will Survive in America? Kanye West’s Hybridization of Hip-Hop

Kanye West's melding of multiple genres into the hip-hop fold is a complex act that challenges the dominant white notions of what constitutes true "art" music.

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Keller Williams Huffs a Musical ‘Vape’ With His New Record

Two decades into his career, Keller Williams still feels more like a summer tour pal that anyone can relate to, rather than a distant rock star.

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“We’re All Fans”: An Interview with Judas Priest’s Ian Hill

Over 45 years in music, 17 studio albums and 45 million records sold. Judas Priest's only constant member talks about the band's storied history, the evolution of heavy metal, and the 30th anniversary of their seminal classic Defenders of the Faith.

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for June 2015

Catch an early glimpse of new albums from Jamie xx, Sun Kil Moon, and Hudson Mohawke.

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27 May 2015 // 6:22 AM

Why “Wr” Still in Love With Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome had an early hit with "Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me?" After we spent time with them, the reasons why we're still in love are obvious.

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Colleen Green Is Having Fun Behind Those Dark Glasses

Colleen Green used to hide behind her sunglasses; now they're just a part of who she is. She tells PopMatters about their origin and the one song she refuses to play live.

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22 May 2015 // 8:10 AM

Why It’s Time to Stop Hating Spotify

An independent artist opens up about how much he’s earned from Spotify, what it means to his band, and why listeners should feel good about the shift to streaming consumption.

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Beau James, A Modern Troubadour on the ‘Indigo Road’

Most musicians dream of the day fans know them by name. Beau James is different: he wants to know your name.

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‘Freedom of Choice’ Is What You Got: A New Look at Devo’s 1980 Hit Album

Evie Nagy's latest book explores Devo's most successful record, Freedom of Choice, which contains the legendary “Whip It”.

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There’s a Freak Out Brewin’ at My House: The State of DIY Music in Santa Fe

In the words of Santa Fe musicians, when it comes to making a DIY music culture grow and stay nourished, "If you’re not gonna work, it’s not gonna work for you.”

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Ubiquitous Grooves: A Vinyl Obituary

Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.

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Young Fathers Want to Change What’s Normal

With their new album White Men Are Black Men Too, Young Fathers look to shake people from complacency and change their understanding of pop.

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The Cathedral and the Shrink’s Office: ‘All Things Must Pass’ vs. ‘Plastic Ono Band’

All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band are the best of the post-Beatles albums because they demonstrate the opposing modes in the ways we exist.

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The Story of Billie Holiday’s Life Shouldn’t Overshadow the Power of Her Music

To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.

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Watching the Verbs Take Action!

Meegan Voss and Steve Jordan are dynamite musicians on their own, but when together as the Verbs, their years of studio mastery truly come into the fore.

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Everclear’s Art Alexakis Is the Man Who Broke His Own Heart

Everclear's Art Alexakis reflects on his career in music as well as his band's "best-sounding" new album.

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11 May 2015 // 4:00 AM

Too Many Things on Josh Rouse’s Mind

"Exercise, don't drink too much, and call your parents. I don't practice these as often as I should but they are good ideas!"

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Jóhann Jóhannsson on Composing as Storytelling

PopMatters talks with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about his role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe.

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‘Mudbird Shivers’ Is the Ex’s Propaganda of the Deed

The Ex confer elegance onto a wall of sound that often comes close to the sound of bombing raid alarms and the subsequent bombs themselves.

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Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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