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In Praise of Homeboys: An Interview with the Kasai Allstars

A unique inter-tribal superband, the Kasai Allstars, provide the soundtrack for the Kinshasa based film Félicité, utilizing a hybrid style that adapts not only traditional instruments but cultural attitudes.

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John Pizzarelli Recreates Sinatra/Jobim and Makes It New Again

The soft-voiced jazz guitarist who shares a home state with Ol' Blue Eyes reimagines Sinatra's bossa nova record 50 years later.

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A Specialist in Dying Arts: An Interview with Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson talks with PopMatters about a restored love for adventurous pop, the challenges of writing a simple song, and the role of a musician in addressing political tumult.

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How Professional Wrestling Flung Itself Into the Arena of the Opinionated Class

The Mountain Goats' Beat the Champ and TV show Glow are just two examples of how wrestling has become "cool" to a snobby demographic.

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25 Aug 2017 // 7:01 AM

The Flipside #5: Chris Cornell’s ‘Scream’

In 2009, Chris Cornell took the biggest risk of his career, and by most accounts he flopped spectacularly. But does Scream look any better in hindsight?

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Noah Preminger Talks About His Bold Jazz Protest Album, ‘Meditations on Freedom’

Protest music is both an empathizing artform and an empowering oppositional force. Saxophonist Noah Preminger has taken his own stand, releasing his sixth album on Inauguration Day.

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Still Those Songlines Sing: Tori Amos Talks About ‘Native Invader’

Tori Amos talks about some of the themes and inspirations behind her new record Native Invader, and why her upcoming tour will see her become “the rock ‘n’ roll Angela Merkel".

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Conversation Peace: An Interview with Bruce Sudano

While "impostors to the throne" hold court, chart-topping songwriter Bruce Sudano searches for common sense and compassion on 21st Century World.

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Maximal Minimal: The Legacy of Versatile Artist Tony Conrad

The former member of Lou Reed's The Primitives yearned to free himself of composition, to strive toward a new paradigm found in minimalism.

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Being Human: Rag’n'Bone Man and the Authenticities of Voice

Human fits alongside the works of Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, but can Rag'n'Bone Man's distinctive gospel-blues voice find a place on the American charts?

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Monk and Coltrane Return to Vinyl: A Conversation with Producer Nick Phillips

The classic 1957 studio encounters between a mature Thelonious Monk and an up-and-coming John Coltrane are now remastered for high-quality vinyl. The music deserves it.

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The Way Is the Goal: A Revealing Talk with KMFDM’s Sascha Konietzko

"I was not musically inclined to begin with," says Konietzko, "I came to music from a technical point of view. Like ‘How do you make sounds like this. How do you make dub reggae?’"

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Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Myth, Truth, and Anger

Daniel Wolff examines how one tragedy in 1913 Calumet Michigan survived through the anger of topical folk music to be told by self-mythologized characters Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

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Dancing the Tango Through Mao’s Cultural Revolution With Argentinian Pancho and His Orchestra

On Shanghai dance halls of the late '30s and a vinyl tango artifact that survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

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I Wanna Destroy: An Interview with EMA

EMA talks with PopMatters about her new album Exile in the Outer Ring that tackles issues like the harmful effects of gentrification and the political divisions rife in our societies.

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11 Aug 2017 // 3:00 AM

The Flipside #4: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’

Critics are hailing Lorde's sophomore effort as a pop masterpiece, but does her new album live up to the hype or does its meaning get lost in the Melodrama?

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The Riddle in the Middle of Nowhere: Anja Garbarek’s ‘Smiling and Waving’

Impossibly Norwegian in style and substance, Anja Garbarek's Smiling and Waving describes the most ordinary lives lost in the voids of the most extraordinary riddles.

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Randy Newman and the Magic of the Unreliable Narrator

After 45 years, Randy Newman's Sail Away remains one of the most beautiful, difficult, evocative testimonies to lust, desire, and America's collective racist past.

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Newport Folk Festival 2017 Hit All the Right Notes

A great weekend at Newport includes watching talented, diverse performers, participating in a protest song sing-along and maybe a lobster roll.

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8 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jlin: Warrior of Art

On the heels of massive praise for her latest album, Black Origami, electronic music innovator Jlin talks with PopMatters about her methodology and the lessons learned on her pursuit of inner alignment.

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TIFF 2017: 'The Shape of Water'

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"The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.

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