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“A Language That Nobody Else Could Understand”: An Interview with Elbow

With their new album The Seldom Seen Kid fresh on shelves, the guys in Elbow sit down with PopMatters to reflect on the losses, tragedies, and hopes that got them to where they are now, all while celebrating the music that continues to unite this group over nearly two decades of existence.

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24 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

He’s Lost Control

The kids who grew up in the '90s had the haunted Kurt Cobain; my generation had the tormented Ian Curtis.

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20 Questions: Larry Love of Alabama 3

Larry Love of Alabama 3 may be 'sick' but he ain't dead, yet. He claws his way out of a groovin' but dark, existential place to answer PopMatters 20 Questions.

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They Happen to Be Girls: An Interview with Uh Huh Her

PopMatters talks with L Word star Leisha Hailey and her musical cohort Camila Grey about feminism, how storms make for a great concert, and how candlelit bathrooms are the best place to record vocals for an album.

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20 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Looking Back at Brubeck

Dave Brubeck has been incredibly popular, neither simplistic nor crass, yet critics have never much liked his music. What if you listen to him -- to his long career -- with fresh ears?

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A Righteous Babe in Uncharted Territory: An Interview With Ani DiFranco

DiFranco doesn't take the usual approach to the music business, but her horse-and-buggy style, as well as her motherhood, may turn out to be assets.

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Hip-Hop Groups

Group identification creates interesting scenarios within hip-hop culture, from the formation and maintenance of group identity to the difficulties of promoting the lyrical skills of a group's various members.

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Eyes Wide Open: An Interview With Los Campesinos!

Welsh speed-pop septet Los Campesinos! have ascended the indie-rock ladder at a rate that has even stunned co-founder Neil Campesinos. Touring with Broken Social Scene and releasing a critically adored full-length: all in a day's work for a band that didn’t even exist three years ago.

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17 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Triumph Over Tragedy

Into Eternity's Tim Roth talks about the tragic year that informed his band's new album, life in the Candadian prairies, and what it means to be a "hybrid band".

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20 Questions: Uh Huh Her: Camila Grey & Leisha Hailey

Uh Huh Her's Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey collaborate on their new CD, Common Reaction, and in their replies to PopMatters 20 Questions.

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14 Aug 2008 // 10:59 PM

Songs in the Key of Strife

Could protest songs be making a comeback? Flobots is bringing overtly political, message-oriented music back onto the Top 40. Plus, a collection of popular political music with videos.

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Janelle Monáe Is Not in Kansas Anymore

With violet stars leading the way, Janelle Monáe is poised to save the future.

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“Once You Have a Love Like That You’ll Always Be Around”: An Interview With Pete Rock

With the release of his new album N.Y.'s Finest, the legendary hip-hop producer looks back and forward at the same time: remembering both his hardships and victories while looking forward to hip-hop's new age.

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11 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

How Pro Tools Is Destroying Music

Computer programs are killing the old recording studios, and the engineering knowhow once harnessed there is disappearing.

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10 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Back in the Day

Heat and beats make for a good combination. No surprise then that most of my memorable experiences related to hip-hop happened during the summer.

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10 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Arcade Fire and H.G. Wells: The Lies Machine

Pop music may still travel in revolutions, but not along a fixed course maintaining an even degree of distance from its point of origin. Like a moon intolerant of its gravitation pull, each cycle drifts us further and further from the cycle before it.

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7 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Noise Bleed

The surfeit of noise in the modern world demands a genre of music that can match it, squall for squall. Humphrey reports on San Francisco's noise music scene.

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Flight of the Dodos: An Interview with the Dodos

With prog-metal meeting West Africa, Meric Long and Logan Kroeber disguise a world of influences in their surprisingly complex sound.

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Singer-(Song)Writer: An Interview with Juilana Hatfield

The talented, iconic rock star is laying it all on the line: both in terms of her personal life (in the form a bristling, tell-all memoir) and in terms of her career (with a self-financed new album). In a candid, biting new interview, Hatfield talks about what drove her to such a do-or-die proposition.

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3 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

A Walk Through the Medina

It's fascinating to think that a culture that produces such deep and soulful bass music could also contact its spirits via the shrieking, grating sounds of this flute, yet such is the nature of Moroccan music.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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