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4 Dec 2014 // 3:20 AM

The Best Americana of 2014

If forced to define Americana, it's the one genre where honest craftsmanship is required, respected, and rewarded, something the best of 2014 lived up to.

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The Best Indie Pop of 2014

It's hard to see how any lover of indie pop could find the field of choices lacking in 2014, a year when the top ten albums are just the tip of the iceberg.

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2 Dec 2014 // 5:00 AM

20 Questions: Jen Wood

Jen Wood did a duet with the Postal Service, but has an amazing solo career all her own -- as well as an invisible Lasso of Truth, we're told.

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The Best Indie Rock of 2014

Some of the heavy hitters may not have made the cut for the best indie rock of 2014, but newer acts did more than just fill the vacuum left by the usual suspects.

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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 // 3:20 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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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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