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I’ll Fight for Your Life: An Interview with the Drums

He seemed to lose a band member with each passing album, and then a big breakup made him rethink things. Jonny Pierce turned all of that into an album some are calling The Drums' best.

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I’ve Got No Beef With Nu-Disco Editing—It’s the Cutting Into Disco’s Gayness That Bothers Me

There’s nothing wrong with stripping the frills. But what happens when you carve out the heart in the process?

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Chasing the Jester’s Ghosts: “American Pie”

In light of the March 2017 announcement of "American Pie" being preserved in the Library of Congress, let's not forget other songs of the '70s that matter just as much.

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Mind Blowing: Leroy Smart in the Heady Days of 1977

In 1977, reggae music burst out of its Caribbean confines and found its way to a record store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. That's the first time I met "The Don", Leroy Smart.

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Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial: Is It Possible to Reinvent This Artist?

The First Lady of Song was a seeker, and it's been all too easy to just imitate her: the scatting, the silky melodies. On her 100th, there's a better way to do it.

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20 Questions: Doctors of Madness’ Richard Strange

The Sex Pistols once opened for them, and are cited as the missing link between glam and punk. At long last, their music is available again, and frontman/erstwhile Death Eater Richard Strange reflects on it all.

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The Sweet Spot Between Expression and Familiarity: An Interview with Becca Stevens

Jazz-pop great Becca Stevens is breaking from being billed as a band to craft a progressive solo effort that will take many of her fans into new and fascinating places.

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Chastity Belt’s ‘I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone’ and the Power of Termite Art

Chastity Belt's latest is a killer album, laid back but upbeat, honest and laser sharp, a highly unified piece of work by four people who know exactly what they want to say and how to say it.

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Digging the Earth: Michael J. Sheehy on Music, Politics and Personal History

Miraculous Mule introduces politics into their poisonous melodrama on their latest album and frontman Michael J. Sheehy shares his greatest musical inspirations.

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From Punk Fan to Rising Star: Jade Jackson Delivers Formidable Country Rock

California country-rocker Jade Jackson tells PopMatters her story and talks about her debut album, Gilded, which was produced by Social Distortion's Mike Ness.

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13 Must-See Artists at This Week’s Northside Festival

Northside’s unique geographical situation and organizational openness makes it an ideal alternative to what has become the cookie cutter weekend-long concert experience in America.

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‘Bop Apocalypse’: What Happened When the Beats and the Boppers Set Out to Change the World

Fifites' jazz and the Beat Generation are often linked. Aside from the drug use, however, this new book on the history begs to differ.

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Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell on Creating One of Their Most Uplifting Albums Yet

One of the UK's pioneering dance groups went wild and weird for their homespun new effort, out now as the band celebrates their 27th anniversary.

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As Mysterious As They Wanna Be: An Interview with Dungen

Dungen founder Gustav Ejstes talks about his band's international success, scoring a classic silent film, and the creative mystery.

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Feel and Form: A New Font Inspired by Miles Davis’ ‘Masqualero’

Like Miles Davis, the Masqualero typeface has a strong duality; there are two ways of looking at it, outside and in.

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Dangerous: Son Lux Face the New America

In the fallout of the 2016 US presidential election results, Son Lux took their experimental compositions and shaped them into something decisively political.

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Chuck Berry Made Americans Surrender to the Rhythm

Chuck Berry was not only the true king of rock 'n' roll, the architect and originator -- he was also an astute anthropologist of American culture.

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The Grace and Beauty of Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’

It's not often that great bands have the opportunity to end a career on a high note with their swansong song albums, but Roxy Music brilliantly did with Avalon.

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Jean-Jacques Perrey’s Passport to the Future

Jean-Jacques Perrey inspired the Beastie Boys, Gang Starr and many more and returned to life as a performer and recording artist during his final decades of life.

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Roots Remain: A Conversation With Bill Kelliher of Mastodon

Among other things, Mastodon rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher delves into how loss and life shaped their sixth outing, Emperor of Sand.

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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

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"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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