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Reinventing the Music Box (Again)

FM3 updated its minimalist masterpiece to include new loops and a fun new pitch controller. But where does this progression stop, and what does it mean to the Buddha Machine's reputation as an instrument of simplicity?

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Hidden Melodies: An Interview with Christian Fennesz

Christian Fennesz always has the record button on, and with his new album he's found a way to turn a cross between a flute and a gong into something perfectly natural.

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Straight Out of Madchester: An Interview with the Doves

Doves talk to PopMatters about their development in the Manchester music world, the pressures of living up to their potential, and the new album Kingdom of Rust.

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Full Circle: Béla Fleck, Paul Simon & America’s Return to the World Community

Béla Fleck didn't ask to be the Avatar of the New American Culture (avatars never do). He happened to be in the right place at the right time with a banjo and a digital recorder. The remaining dots are ours to connect, and we've begun to connect them.

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Monotrematous Funk: An Interview with Platypus

How did a progressive rock-funk band from Dayton, Ohio become label mates with KISS and Donna Summer? 30 years later, the members of Platypus tell the story.

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by:Larm 2009: Hot Music from the Frost-Bitten North

Despite the cold conditions and snow-filled streets, Scandinavia’s premier music festival was a warm and welcoming affair, affording time to not only see some top notch music, but also explore Oslo as well.

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Brick Anchors in Wet Sand: Redefining Sludge with Kylesa

There’ve been heady times for this band that’s accustomed to scraping by as an underground fave, but Kylesa remain well-grounded and looking ahead to what’s next.

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Flavor for Your Ear, Eventually: An Interview with Danny!

When Danny Swain finally got a record deal and it didn't play out as expected, he just kept doing what he's always done, which means he's still working hard for you to hear him.

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Novalima: Peru’s Hidden Treasure

Friends and band mates since high school, these Peruvian electronistas all moved to different countries; Novalima was made via emails and zip files.

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13 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Asher Agonistes: The Suburban Rise of Asher Roth

Asher Roth, hip-hop’s newest star of "I Love College" fame, is far from an overnight success story. Although criticized as a marketing sensation, Costa recalls how Roth has always been a poet of suburbia.

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T.I.‘s Winding Road to Redemption

The road to Grammy-winning rap star Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr.'s positive outcome may be paved with good intentions, but self-interest fuels the journey.

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9 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Long Live Blossom Dearie

Blossom's music exuded a sparkling kind of elegance and quick wit. Hers was the kind of jazz you could imagine in the really good Woody Allen movies. She was the Dorothy Parker of jazz.

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More Candy 4 Us: Prince Is Back with 3 Albums

Never one to do things the easy way, Prince delivers a concept album, a collection of dance tracks, and a protégée.

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A Haunted Aura: An Interview with Marianne Faithfull

"I consider myself an artist and suffering has nothing to do with it. Look, I know there are some terrible things happening in the world. That doesn‘t make the world a better place."

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To Kill the Sunflower: An Interview with Cory McAbee

Space is a lonely town, but there's only room for one song-and-dance sheriff in these parts, and his name is Cory McAbee, writer and director of the new space-western musical Stingray Sam.

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6 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Waltzing with Wilco

As any experienced concert-goer knows, a lively audience can mean the difference between a lackluster event and a memorable night. Sometimes, it’s more important than the band's actual performance.

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5 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Willie Sounds Better Naked

Editing the original RCA tapes makes the songs on Naked Willie so much better that I’m remembering the reasons why I fell in love with Willie Nelson so many years ago.

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Recession Sounds: Revisiting Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska

President Obama faces an economic crisis, rising unemployment, and widespread anxiety about the country's future. In light of these troubling events, perhaps it is time for him (and us) to revisit Nebraska.

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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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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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