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Part Two: Painting the Building, 1975-1977

KISS came "Alive" in 1975. So did Parliament and Donna Summer. In a dramatic reversal of its uncertain beginnings, Casablanca cultivated a colony of successful acts and expanded its reach with boutique labels and partnerships in the film industry.

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Part One: Leading the Camel to Water, 1974-1975

Casablanca was not an instant success but Neil Bogart, a dreamer and a doer, was undeterred. Part I examines how the sheik of Casablanca led his camel out of the desert.

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Three Days, Forty Years, Six Discs

It's the enticing performances of the smaller acts -- and not the explosions of the big ones -- that made Woodstock such a singular event.

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Where Strides the Behemoth

Begrand talks with Darski of Behemoth, one of the most visually imposing and sonically punishing bands in all of metal, on the eve of the release of their new CD, Evangelion.

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There’s a Griot Goin’ On: An Interview with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara

The former guitarist for Robert Plant and the Gambia riti virtuoso discuss their unlikely, but incredibly fruitful, musical partnership.

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11 Aug 2009 // 9:00 PM

The Kids Are All Write: Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

After three days of sore feet, throbbing eardrums, and insufficient sleep, Pitchfork’s annual music festival was a welcome reminder of how good rock music can feel.

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20 Questions: Christopher O’Riley

Critically acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley’s recording of Nirvana’s "Heart Shaped Box" will "engender sustained hearing loss, under repeated and hi-res sound reproduction."

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Beacons of Longevity: An Interview with Tortoise

Tortoise co-founder Dan Bitney discusses the past, present, and future of the band that changed indie rock forever, and continues to thrill their power base on their first original record in five years, Beacons of Ancestorship.

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On the Sixth Day God Created Man…chester: Part 2

Punk-influenced performance poetry now thrives on both sides of the Atlantic, as open mics and poetry slams draw new generations of writers with combative tones, satirical perspectives, and rock-inspired rhythms in their lines.

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‘Green Onions’—The Greatest Single of All Time

Booker T. & the MGs found themselves together, in a city of segregation, in a time of severe racial tension, and recorded a progressive, utopian party song.

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They Killed John Henry but They Won’t Kill Me

In these days of economic turmoil, massive job losses, and corporate profiteering, you'd expect to hear more rewritings of the John Henry legend.

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5 Aug 2009 // 9:00 PM

Bonnaroo: Creating a Sustainable City

In an age where the end of fossil fuel is firmly in sight, Bonnaroo is re-building the modern music festival, a 20th century beast fueled by the dirty technologies of that century, for the future.

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Feel It: An Interview With Kim Deal of the Pixies and the Breeders

If it seems like Deal has too much going on right now, you're just not keeping up. Her work with the hugely influential Pixies and indie icons the Breeders and the Amps has made her a legend.

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Pot, Skinny-Dipping, and Freedom Rock: Woodstock and the Year of the Outdoor Music Festival (Part 2)

PopMatters presents the second part of a chapter on Woodstock from Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: The Year Everything Changed. Part two covers Woodstock appearances by the Who, the Band, Jimi Hendrix and more.

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2 Aug 2009 // 9:00 PM

The Ghetto of Genre

Proehl discovered the secret Supremes country album. Now all the genre-restricting straightjackets bounding country music are off.

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Pot, Skinny-Dipping, and Freedom Rock: Woodstock and the Year of the Outdoor Music Festival (Part 1)

Today and Wednesday, PopMatters is presenting a chapter on Woodstock from Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: The Year Everything Changed. Part one covers the run-up to the festival as well as those early sets by the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

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28 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Def and Twisted

A band of pretty youngsters from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and a homely bunch of New York club scene veterans. Rock on.

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20 Questions: Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about the cultural offerings, high and not so high, that he gets a kick out of -- from to Duke Ellington to Captain Beefheart.

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The Demise of Vibe Magazine and the Future of Criticism

With diminishing places for thoughtful criticism, black cultural critics exist as little more than commentators on the Obama White House. Blackness has been reduced to a news cycle.

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Hipster Hatred Knows No Bounds

Our new columnist and satirist Michael Brett, an 'old', curmudgeonly rock guy, recalls when he first noticed the proto-hipster. It was the Weezer show at the Aragon in 1994

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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

// Moving Pixels

"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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