Recent Features

8 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Righteous Paths

The Drive-By Truckers' live shows once played like a songwriters-in-the-round session with electric guitars and increasingly empty bottles of Jack Daniels. Then Jason Isbell came along -- and it only got better.

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5 Jun 2008 // 9:59 PM

Shriekback and Me

Rett Snotherly reflects on the familiar tale of the emotional ties to a beloved band stretching across time, and how the impact of youth's engagement remains a part of us that lingers years later.

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4 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Yes We Can Can

The recent "censure" of The Boondocks demonstrates the difficulty art faces in raising a critical converation in a corporate setting. Considering hip-hop's deep embedding into corporate culture, how can radical change happen?

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Ten Reasons Bo Diddley Is the Forgotten Heavyweight Champion of Rock

Here are 10 reasons why the recently departed Diddley is a bona fide rock legend and hugely important in the history of popular music for his vital role in the creation of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

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Against the Grain: An Interview With Portishead

After ten years in the wilderness, Portishead have returned, and they’re just as uncompromising, challenging, and vital as ever.

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“Megalomania Doesn’t Have a Tax-Bracket”: An Interview with Death Cab for Cutie

Suddenly finding himself with a chart-topping album, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard finds himself concerned with more important things than popping open a bottle of bubbly. It's just another day in the fun, crazed universe of Death Cab.

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1 Jun 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Bravery

Sam Endicott descends from the band's busy orbit to talk with PopMatters 20 Questions about rude bus drivers, the beauty of thumbprints, and his somewhat disconcerting freaky memory.

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Not Another Winter: An Interview With Mark Eitzel

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel discusses entropy, violence, and why touring sucks. Just don't call him a miserablist!

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28 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Tangled Up in Blue Note

"Blue Note" means there's a certain sound to a record, a style that is tight and sharp and funky but also adventurous. If jazz is music to shout about, Blue Note records may be the most shout-worthy of all time.

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One Bare Shoulder: The Effect of Dream Street on the Sexual Identity of the Teenipopper

To the teenipop subculture at the turn of the century, youth's dizzying optimism and heart-racing infatuation were all that mattered. For most of these young girls, Dream Street would be the center of their first pubescent sexual desires.

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26 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

I’m With the Band

When I started writing about music, I didn't realize that it would mean I'd become "the enemy". So though writing brought me closer to music and the people who make it, it also took me further away.

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Ripping It Off: An Interview With Times New Viking

Singer and drummer Adam Elliott explains the importance of volume, mistakes, and equipment that you can spill beer on.

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Juggernaut Still Rides: Behind the Scenes and Times of Swervedriver

Swervedriver have been away for so long that most assumed they were never coming back. Yet here they are, 17 years after their debut, in the midst of a full-scale tour. This is how they lived to tell.

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This Is Not a Faded Photograph

The seminal Boston post-punk band Mission of Burma is back in force, and there is no better time to enjoy the perfect remastered editions of their initial Ace of Hearts output, with live DVDs to boot. Burma Rules!

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21 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

New Testament Versus Old

It's a hard road, as a fella named John Osbourne once sang, but the respect that Testament has gained over more than two decades of personal and creative ups and downs is well earned.

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21 May 2008 // 9:59 PM

Straight Outta Gettysburg

A Civil War drumming technique becomes a YouTube phenomenon. But what good is it for songs?

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Trains and Boats and Covers and Toddlers: An Interview With Laura Cantrell

Cantrell returns with an album of covers influenced by motherhood, the war, and, mostly, the need to just play.

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20 Questions: Miranda Lambert

In the wake of her upset win for Album of the Year last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lambert sits down to riff on PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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Mama Said Knock You Out: Hip-Hop & the Family Unit

There are four hip-hop rules for families. One: Fathers, take care of your children and their mothers. Two: Don't talk about other people's mamas. Three: Be good to your own mother. Four: Repeat as necessary.

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15 May 2008 // 9:59 PM

Traveling Light

No supergroup has ever squandered more talent than the Traveling Wilburys. Yet despite themselves, they stand as an enduring testament to the sheer pleasures of collaboration.

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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