Recent Features

17 Sep 2009 // 9:00 PM

No Sympathy for the Devil

Over time, "Sympathy for the Devil" has been treated with huge fanfare and has become the common denominator fan favorite, but in actuality "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" gets to the core of what the Rolling Stones were.

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Jazz Cellist Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’

Peggy Lee—the cellist, not the late singer—is nevertheless all about singing of a sort. She talks to PopMatters about creativity and collaboration in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

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Happiness Is a Warm Band: An Interview with Emily Haines of Metric

Haines fled to South America, Metric scrapped their new songs, and everyone realized their well-considered Fantasies.

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In Circles: Sunny Day Real Estate Reconsidered

In anticipation of a reunion tour, the two albums produced by the original Sunny Day Real Estate lineup get remastered and repackaged with extra tracks and expanded liner notes. They are ripe for revisiting.

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Music Scrobbling as a Panopticism of Taste

Among social networking sites, it's only Last.fm, only scrobbling -- which, once activated, operates entirely on its own, as an unconscious background function -- that channels the essence of Foucault's social panopticism.

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The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses: 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Imagine if you will: an album re-release that actually gets everything right, making an already-classic album sound even better than before, deepening our understanding as to what made it so iconic.

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20 Questions: Terence Blanchard

The cerebral, soulful, three-time Grammy award winning trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard tells us how our turbulent, dynamic world inspires his beautiful music.

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Digital Downsizing: CD to MP3 the Hard Way

When paring down your music collection, is it OK to prune songs off classic albums? An aesthetic (and moral) dilemma...

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Louisiana Woman, Texas Troubadour

Need more duets in your life? Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb are among country music's best partnerships.

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Ride This Time Machine Down a Road Less Traveled

Jump into that ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with the maxed-out tailfins, contemplate what an original Barbie doll could fetch on eBay, and enjoy this roll call of Reasons Why Everything Changed in 1959.

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3 Sep 2009 // 8:59 PM

Drunk and Driven

Delilah's on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago is everything The Rockist wants in a bar. Loud. Comfortable. Cheap.

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Great City, a Great City’s Music: The Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Our jazz critic Will Layman spent a full week soaking up the music -- and the city -- offered by what may be North America's finest jazz festival.

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Buster Keaton: The Sound of His Obsession

Bill Frisell's ambient, fuzzy, meandering guitar doodles sound like they're trying to approximate the sad stillness blowing through the corridors of Keaton's mind.

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2 Sep 2009 // 8:59 PM

Just Eat It

I'll take the wasabi potato croquettes that came with the lamb racks in the "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" dish (inspired by TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me") over Hard Rock's seasoned fries any day.

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20 Questions: Charlie Louvin

Back in 2009, Charlie Louvin, Country Music Hall of Fame legend and half of the immortal country duo the Louvin Brothers, told PopMatters 20 Questions about the best thing he ever got – for only $3.

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Who Are You: Tom Waits and ‘Lowside of the Road’ by Barney Hoskyns

Waits is a deconstructionist vaudevillian with a heart who rails against cynicism; a furious bluesman blaring unabashedly about the soul-- his words and music stretch into a bizarre land, where the light is slanted, eerie.

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Wide-Eyed Wonder: An Interview with Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance

Six Organs of Admittance/Comets on Fire frontman Ben Chasny has a lot on his mind. Sitting down with PopMatters, he lets it all out, spilling a couple unique secrets in the process ...

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The (Indie) Music Industry Is All Right

The media is too preoccupied with the funeral arrangements of the mainstream music industry to celebrate the life that is happening elsewhere.

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Robert Glasper Loves the Groove

On the eve of his third Blue Note release, Double Booked, jazz pianist Robert Glasper discusses his stylistic bifurcation, MC skills, and -- inevitably -- Michael Jackson's legacy.

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20 Questions: Wayne Hancock

The master of juke joint swing performs like a visiting country doctor, or maybe a preacher, ministering to the rural folks in three-hour, boogie healing woogie doses. Here a little shot is given to us...

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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

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"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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