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14 May 2008 // 9:59 PM

Tickley Feather [Philadelphia, PA]

Philadelphia's Tickley Feather brings a new face to the Philly music scene -- in part by tackling the national stage as a new recruit to Paw Tracks.

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The Plain Truth About Karen Dalton: An Interview with Joe Loop

One-time coffeehouse proprietor Joe Loop shed light on the mysterious Karen Dalton with his notes to the Cotton-Eyed Joe recording and speaks to PopMatters about his memories of the '60s folk scene and his friend Karen.

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11 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Three Nights in France

Beres hits Paris and Bourges to take in the eclectic sounds of Transglobal Underground, Les Primitifs du Futur, Watcha Clan, and Fat Freddy's Drop, and gets pulled into the "sacred space" that solders the connection between sound and human.

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11 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Animals in Time: Neko Case and the Contemporary Country

The music of Neko Case shows us a world of danger, guilt, regret, displaced hearts, lost time and lost faith, several deaths, the matter-of-factness of animals, and reckoning. In other words, exactly what the contemporary moment shows us.

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20 Questions: Tod A of Firewater

PopMatters 20 Questions caught up with Tod A of Firewater in Bali, where he shares some thoughts about cultural and political matters, and speculates on what visiting extraterrestrials might look like.

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“There’s Never Anything Planned”: An Interview With Mark Kozelek

Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek explains his unlikely inspiration, reflects on aging, and chooses beauty over catharsis.

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Saudade: A Conversation with Carly Simon

Tall and tan and still very lovely, Carly Simon takes a cue from Antonio Carlos Jobim on her new album. So why does All About Eve make a cameo?

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4 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

When They’re 65…

What will some of today's most well-known hip-hop artists be doing in 2035? Maybe they won't be running the music world, but they'll probably be doing something beyond applying Fixodent to their grills.

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The Practicality of the Impossible: John Cage and the Freeman Etudes

John Cage replaces the comforting order of the cosmos with the recalcitrant, indecipherable organization of a part of the universe. Each sound, radically set off from the others, demands that we hear it in isolation.

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Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the mid-‘80s

Though lumped in with post-punk acts, Killing Joke were considerably less edgy than their peers, their blunt, pulverizing music echoing the rage and cynicism expressed in the songs making them somewhat of an anomaly.

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Agent Provocateur: Madonna’s Super Hard Candy Pop

On her newest CD, Hard Candy, the legend sounds stronger and more confident -- pushed into the new directions by her posse of guest producers and musicians.

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Always Trying to Waste Me: The Rolling Stones’ “Cocksucker Blues”

Onan rejoices. Dionysus despairs. Robert Frank, the Rolling Stones, and Cocksucker Blues -- a polarizing document for upwards of 35-years, now -- unreleased, and perhaps unreleasable.

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Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Replacements on Twin/Tone, 1981-1984

With four albums for the independent Minneapolis label Twin/Tone, the 'Mats rendered the hierarchies and caste system of the rock world irrelevant by remaking rock 'n' roll as an anonymous force.

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We Dream We’re the People in Songs

Is he strumming your face with his fingers? And singing your life with his words?

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The Long Road to Hoo Ha: An Interview with Supergrass

Only one band survived the highs and lows of the Britpop era. We talked about this endurance, a sixth album, and other lifespan issues with Danny Goffey, the one and only drummer for... yes, Supergrass.

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Into the Void: John Darnielle on Sabbath, Extreme Metal, and Indie Rock

Begrand dives into metal fandom with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, who discusses the Mighty Riff, the uneasy relationship between indie and metal camps, and the life experiences behind his new book on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.

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Chasing Honey Bees: The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Post-Masterpiece Struggle

Their first album, Psychocandy, was a classic. And as new reissues of the Jesus and Mary Chain's first five records are released, we see the story of a band proving there is life after a masterpiece.

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R.I.P. Smooth Jazz, 1985-2008?

With two of the US' major "smooth jazz" radio stations defunct to the fickleness of format change, the time to mourn the cheesy sub-genre is now. But what made Smooth Jazz not really jazz at all?

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13 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Women of the (Music) World

There is little in this world as beautiful as the female voice. Sometimes it’s necessary to stop and remind ourselves of this.

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13 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Festival Nation: Avoiding the Post-Modern Buzzkill

As we near the summer music festival season, throngs of sunblock-wielding concertgoers prepare to once again brave hot temperatures and crowded venues. PopMatters sifts through the myriad happenings to offer a primer for the summer.

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