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2 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Art Brut(ally) Funny

Holden Caulfield -- with his sexual insecurities and confused immaturity -- provides the raw meat that Art Brut’s Eddie Argos cooks with.

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Pearl Jam’s “Ten”, Eighteen Years Later

Over the years, Sony Legacy has re-released countless albums, but rarely has it honored a record whose importance with regards to legacy has been debated since day one as Pearl Jam’s debut.

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Alan Parsons Project Redux

Now that the Alan Parsons Project catalogue has been reissued, it's time for a reappraisal. Will anyone bite?

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31 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Wham!’s Christmas Conundrums

Is Michael is doomed to walk the earth, a well-coiffed ghost of Christmas past, gripping the foil-wrapped box containing this precious gift, forever seeking someone who will finally put his oft-regifted heart to rest?

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“Hot” Couture: Wham!‘s Fashion Revolution

What's more macho than luxurious, well-tooled leather, skin tight and sculpted to fit that amazing man of your dreams? Would you believe, buff bodies in pastel beachwear, tans shimmering golden beneath layers of white, pink, and powder blue?

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Andrew Ridgeley: An Appreciation

It would seem that time has not been particularly kind to "the other guy in Wham!" The always enigmatic Ridgeley has gone from being one half of the world's most successful pop duo in the 1980s to a punch line on Family Guy. Is this entirely fair?

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31 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Make It Best

Wham!'s hits became legendary and deserved successes, but the strength of Make It Big's album cuts proves the band's innovativeness and versatility, revealing Ridgeley and Michael capable of crafting a song cycle as well as a stunning single.

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31 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

WOMADelaide 2009

From the fanaticism that surrounded Seun Kuti’s Saturday night performance to the seated crowd that succumbed to Dona Rosa’s smile, WOMADelaide was a mix of sights, styles, and instruments.

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The Music – That’s All It’s About: An Interview with Butch Trucks

The drummer of the Allman Brothers Band talks to PopMatters about the band's 40th anniversary, their legendary runs at the Beacon, and embarking on a brand new way to distribute music.

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20 Questions: Mark O’Connor

Like Benny Goodman, Mark O’Connor is a virtuoso in the realm of popular music, and also like Goodman, he easily and brilliantly performs classical music, as well.

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Time for a Repress: ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’

For people lucky enough to stumble upon the Flying Burrito Brothers, they made country cool. The music's simplicity and emotive directness, often derided and mocked by hipsters, could now be valid, vital and mean something to a modern audience.

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An Eclectic Master Craftsman: An Interview with Steven Wilson

The ever prodigious Porcupine Tree main man Steven Wilson talks at length with PopMatters about the problems with download culture, the inferiority of the MP3, his strong work ethic and the mysteries of the creative process.

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Heaven Can Wait ‘Til I Finish This Remix

Should I die before I wake, I’d better make sure I’ve already got my iPod / mix-tapes / CDs/ vinyl in order.

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Getting to the Point: An Interview with Anthony Hamilton

The singer's not resting after his Grammy-winning work with Al Green, but he does seem to be happy these days.

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A Transcendental Evening at Alice Tully Hall

After the first piece, my friend leaned over and whispered that if you close your eyes, you are easily taken away.

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20 Questions: John Wesley Harding

The talented songwriter, singer and internationally best-selling novelist from East Sussex, John Wesley Harding, talks with PopMatters 20 Questions

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22 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

The (Un)lonely Crowd

A festival pass no longer guarantees a communal experience for music lovers. Instead, appreciating events like SXSW is now about social networking and utilizing new technologies. So what does this say about the future of "the concert"?

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Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer): One More Time with the King of Western Swing

Today, many performers play a revivalist form of Western Swing, but even more may be tipping a hat to Bob Wills without even knowing it. Chomping down on his cigar, Wills and his legacy strut around the stage of musical history, rarely taking the lead but now and then giving a holler of approval.

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18 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Songlines: Small Is Beautiful

Songlines has its finger on the pulse of the most important improvised music being made in North America these days.

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Rise of the Jötunn: In Flames in the 1990s

Four early and crucial albums by Swedish metal greats In Flames get reissued as part of Nuclear Blast's "Reloaded" series. There's no better time than the present to see what all the fuss is about.

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'SUPERHOTLine Miami' Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

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