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1 Sep 2016 // 7:52 AM

Keeping It Real: An Interview with Lydia Loveless

"I don't think you can make very good art if you're not coming from an honest place."

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“I Had to Step Up My Game”: An Interview with Nels Cline of Wilco

In a candid interview with PopMatters, Nels Cline discusses his new double album, why it took a quarter of a century to come to fruition, and his role in the ever-evolving Wilco.

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Brendan Canning Keeps It Domestic With ‘Home Wrecking Years’

Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning wanted everyone to chill but in order to do some chilling of his own, he had to put together a band. Then that band made a record.

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Entering the Void: A Reflection on Beardfish

Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.

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Frank Ocean and a Short History of Spite Albums

Frank Ocean's Endless, the decidedly less commercial of his two recent releases, might just be a victory for artists who've been forced to release music to fulfill contractual obligations. Here's a look at some of history's more significant spite albums.

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Assessing Their Performance: The Burnside Project Legacy

Burnside Project had audience members screaming their quirky electropop lyrics back at them one moment and shrugging the next. Here, Burnside Project's rise and fall is documented, culminating in a free download of their unreleased private masterpiece.

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The New Oral History: Chris Shiflett and Steve Dawson’s Smart, Listenable Podcasts

There are more podcasts than you can shake a flash drive at these days. Though the number of 'casts that embrace Americana music is growing, these two stand out.

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25 Aug 2016 // 2:00 AM

In the Dark: An Interview With Carl Broemel

It took him six years to make, but My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel drew from surprising personal places to craft his latest solo effort.

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24 Aug 2016 // 3:00 AM

It’s Bold to Be Honest: An Interview With Lowell

“There’s more than just my story.” Lowell struggles to find her place in a larger narrative.

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Hope Against Hope: The Soul Politics of Obama’s Summer Playlists

Words may speak the promise of transcending divisions and borders, but it’s music that delivers.

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‘Animal Rights’: Moby’s Attempt to Agitate Everyone Who Refused to Listen

Moby the artist -- and electronic music as a whole -- could not and would not be contained by fans' status-quo-worshipping conservatism.

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Dark Blue-Grey With Neon Pink Flashes: An Interview With Jon Hopkins

Transcendent electronic musician Jon Hopkins reflects on two decades of composition and collaboration and hints at what’s on the horizon.

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The Ghost of Ingmar Bergman: Peter Bjorn & John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter Morén and John Eriksson discuss how their musical partnership is as strong as ever -- even if their belief in production dogma isn't.

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“No One Ever Calls Anyone an All-Guy Band”: Heliotropic Feminism With Jessica Numsuwankijkul

For her second full-length as Heliotropes, Numsuwankijkul assembled a new crew of musicians who all happen to be male. The uproar was instantaneous -- and deafening.

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Casket Girls’ Ryan Graveface Talks Music Industry, Audience

Graveface label founder and Casket Girls band member talks about being the little guy in the world of rock 'n' roll.

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Seeking, Salvation and the First Vibration: Moon Hooch Returns With ‘Red Sky’

Moon Hooch performs music you can dance to but there's something much deeper there. "Music has basically been my personal savior", says Mike Wilbur, "I worship it."

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15 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Retrofuturism in French Electronic Music

A new collection provides powerful examples of French ambivalent modernity; at once futuristic, optimistic, erotic, humorous, restless, and apocalyptic.

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11 Aug 2016 // 7:49 AM

Speaking Gently: An Interview with BADBADNOTGOOD

They are the Canadian jazz group who have performed with Ghostface Killah, MF Doom, and other hip-hop elites. Oh, and they only formed five years ago.

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Becca Stevens on Popping Jazz Boundaries

Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.

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Damaged, Abstract, Cut-Up Sewer Things: An Interview With Tobacco

Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Tobacco discusses his past and prepares us for a demented future with his upcoming solo album, Sweatbox Dynasty.

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