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6 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Tales of Mighty Antietam

With the release of their new epic double-album, rock stalwarts Antietam sit down with PopMatters' Jon Langmead to dissect their long, storied, and powerful past, pulling off shoestring-budget miracles in the hopes that just one song is all that is needed to change your life.

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20 Questions: Rahsaan Patterson

The purveyor of 21st century soul chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about chocolate, Chaka Khan, and the significance of Snoopy.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Everything You Know About the Blues Is Wrong

For the most part, blacks were not involved in the heroic work of rescuing the black acoustic blues legacy from the passage of time.

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The Sounds of Now: Tristan Murail and Sounding Stasis

What happens to the ear when it receives musical sound? Do we hear "our" music as music and the rest as noise?

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30 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Getting Schooled

More than the usual ABCs, this school clearly believes in arts education, regularly spotlighting student performers at its assemblies -- and these kids are acquiring real musical skills.

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Dispatches From the Battlefield: An Interview With Van Hunt

Van Hunt recorded one of the best albums of 2008: Popular. The only problem is you're not going to hear it.

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20 Questions: Deborah Bonham

Sweetly soulful and powerful (think Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin), blues-rock singer-songwriter Deborah Bonham chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about Paul Rodgers, a beautiful ex-racehorse named Jack, and other inspirations in her life and music.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Even today there are distinctive characteristics to American and European jazz styles. Which strain of music is most forward-looking? Which suggests the most promising vanguard for a music that seems to lose listeners even as its creativity expands?

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Daytime TV Goes Gangsta with Snoop Dogg

Hip-hop's top dog touches down in soap opera territory for two days of music and melodrama.

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25 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Finding Common Ground

Caetano Veloso’s 1973 album Araçá Azul is as defiantly unconventional and challenging as Godard’s pioneering New Wave classic Breathless (1960), altering the possibilities and expectations of his chosen medium.

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“The Real is Just as Magical as the Fictitious”: An Intimate Talk with Saul Williams

Few people would give their new album away for free online. Fewer would stop a prison brawl by reciting a poem. Fewer still do all this while making a powerful statement about the issue of race in our country today. Saul Williams does all these things.

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Julie Christmas: All Treadmill, No Fishnets

Julie Christmas, lead singer for Brooklyn's Made Out of Babies, talks about the "venemous" combination of screaming and restrained singing, ambiguous lyric-writing, and the making of the band's latest album, The Ruiner.

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Brilliance and Boredom in Barcelona

There are many different ways of achieving greatness when playing live. Of course you have to have great songs, but that is not the only variable to take into account for real stage success.

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The Gaudí, the Bands, and the (Not So) Muddy

You know there's a music festival in the city when fedoras and scarves outnumber baseball caps and gold chains.

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Grateful Dead: Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

Ultimately, what I am trying to say is this: The Dead can be appreciated -- indeed, probably must be appreciated -- as a kind of continuing, evolving, shifty performance of “The Grateful Dead”.

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18 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Dark Meat [Athens, GA]

Dark Meat is cutting a wild, grimy, jazz-punk path across the musical landscape, and they want you to join them -- in the audience, on-stage, whatever.

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Clearer Vision: An interview With David Berman of the Silver Jews

The Silver Jews' David Berman recently underwent eye surgery that both physically and metaphorically extended his range of vision. He talks to PopMatters about being able to see farther in so many ways.

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Ten Years Dancing on the Hudson

For the last decade, Turntables on the Hudson has held gatherings of positive music -- funk, hip-hop, soul, dance; African, Latin, and Balkan beats -- that thrive on human connection.

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15 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Memory of a Free Festival

The carefully curated lineups at the big multiday summer music festivals promise an unforgettable experience for fans -- those who can afford to go, that is.

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20 Questions: Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s

Rhett Miller, lead vocalist of the Old 97's, chats with PopMatters' 20 Questions about fantasy football, his affinity for the protagonist in Wallace's Infinite Jest, and this neat little trick he does with spoons.

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