Recent Features
Day Two: From Jimi Hendrix to the Rolling Stones

The last quintet of choices show how the blues reclaimed its basis for a dozen hard rock hymns, argued for the importance of following one's singer/songwriter muse, and proved that not every significant sound coming out of the UK was Beatle-based.

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Revolution None: The Beatles’ ‘Wide Album’

How the Beatles fell into avant garde hell with 1968’s unreleased Wide Album.

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24 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

I’d Like to Thank…

I'm thankful for my wonderful girlfriend, the Boston Celtics taking home the NBA championship, and Wu-Tang, Nas, People Under the Stairs...

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Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band

A Sgt. Pepper's-inspired satire…a platter of pure soul sizzle…the second act of rock's Warhol-weaned avant-garde…the beautiful noise of two voices in unison…and a backup 'band' comes into their own. Five definitive LPs -- five statements of solid rock royalty.

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23 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Church of Axl

Has a strange history of creative battles, multiple delays, and avoiding the spotlight meant that Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy are doomed to be a punchline? One fan explains why he's been keeping the faith.

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Various Artists: Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia

You definitely know Motown. You probably know Stax. But it's time to get (re)acquainted with the other big player in the golden age of soul music -- Philly.

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The White Album: Side Four

The potential breakthrough and the impending breakup, the final side celebrates the Beatles' artistic experimentation -- and the creative contradictions that signaled their eventual end.

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Layers of Composition: An Interview with Andy Milne

You might consider him a jazz artist, but Milne continues to incorporate new forms into his work, teaching himself when he isn't teaching students.

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The White Album: Side Three

It's back to basics once again as the band finds the musical muscle memory to mesh all their influences into seven sensational tracks.

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The White Album: Side Two

It's the Beatles 'unplugged' -- from stardom, from pressures, from the friendship that held them together -- while simultaneously reaching inward and outward.

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Prisoners Are the Best Audience: The Challenge of ‘At Folsom Prison’

Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison wasn't a pivotal live album or country album or Cash album -- it was a piece of history unto itself, flaws and all.

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17 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Hip-Haute Couture

Although "hip-hop" means different things to different people, everyone seems to be confident that they know what "it" is. Through this subjective lens, there is also a unique brand of investment and ownership in the meaning of "hip-hop".

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The White Album: Side One

It's all guitars and good times as the Fab Four rediscover the joys of jamming -- as well as the hidden pain and problems poised to tear them apart.

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Bleary Eyed Duty: The Unflinching Testimony of David Eugene Edwards

In a world where you can have a Christian version of pretty much any genre, Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards is a real outlier because you wouldn't know where to put him if he were a secular artist.

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16 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Hamburg: Germany’s Port of Rock ‘n’ Roll

PopMatters shoulders its backpacks and treks to Hamburg to check out Germany's pop music capital, to partake of four days of Kunst und Kultur, historical wanderings, and indulge in a bit of Gemütlichkeit.

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16 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Birthday: The White Album Turns 40

In the first day of PopMatters' week-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' self-titled double album, Bill Gibron and Zeth Lundy discuss the record's importance and impact, and why it continues to resonate within popular culture some four decades later.

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20 Questions: Roy Harper

Roy Harper is a consummate musician's musician, straight out of the British folk scene. He chats with PopMatters 20 Questions, sometimes with tear in eye, sometimes with tongue in cheek, about film, literature, and music.

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13 Nov 2008 // 8:59 PM

Voodoo Music Experience Festival

The Voodoo Experience brings national acts to New Orleans and highlights the city’s uniquely diverse music scene. Such is the ethos of the city: Anything goes, as long as there’s dancing.

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Where Music is Written, or Dapper LeChampagne’s Unraveling at Austin City Limits

Dapper was going to disintegrate today. He would see her during Band of Horses. She was wearing white. Her eyes were round and soft when they met his.

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“To Be Happy in Your Own  Life is All You Can Do”: An Interview with Wayne Coyne

It laboured for years in production, all while its lead actor was at the height of his drug addiction and the press grew wary of its many delays. Finally, the Flaming Lips' full-length film Christmas on Mars is seeing the light of day, and Wayne Coyne couldn't be happier to talk about it.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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