Recent Features
October - December 1999: Mos Def to Jay-Z

Part 5 covers albums from October through December, highlighted by the political rock of Rage Against the Machine and Joe Strummer, as well as major league hip-hop from Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip and Jay-Z.

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August - October 1999: Dixie Chicks to the Bloodhound Gang

Part 4 brings a superb sophomore turn from the Dixie Chicks while Garth Brooks goes kinda nuts. British rock stands proud with Muse, Gomez, and Supergrass and the schlocky, corporate rock of Creed rockets to the top of the U.S. charts.

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June - August 1999: The White Stripes to Andrew Bird

Part 3 covers albums from June through August, highlighted by the debut of the White Stripes and stellar electronic music from Basement Jaxx, the Chemical Brothers, and µ-Ziq and hip-hop from Missy Elliott and Kool Keith.

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Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain (Legacy Edition)

The secret to creating music that stands the test of time is to create timeless music: Sketches of Spain was, and remains, quite unlike anything else created in the jazz idiom.

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March - June 1999: The Olivia Tremor Control to Pavement

PopMatters turns 10 this year and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Part 2 covers albums from March through June, highlighted by monster hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby and Dido.

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For Summer Dancing in the Streets

Six spectacular world beat albums that will have you dancing through those sweet summer nights.

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January - March 1999: Britney Spears to Blur

PopMatters turns 10 this year and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from Wilco and Blur.

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18 Jun 2009 // 8:59 PM

Primavera Sound: On the Beach

Providing the perfect midway point between British and American festivals, Primavera Sound really is the best of both worlds.

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16 Jun 2009 // 9:00 PM

Dinosaur, Sr. or, Growing Old with (Prog) Rock and Roll

As part of his own personal “See ‘em While They’re Still Standing” 2008-2009 Tour -- tracking how his old music heroes are aging -- one PopMatters writer checks in on Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood.

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Goatwhore: Crazed Endurance

One listen to Sammy Duet's masterful riffing is enough to send the most fussy metal aficionado into paroxysms of headbanging ecstasy.

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Like Tiny Bacteria Running Around: An Interview with the Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth discusses Bitte Orca, his recent collaborations with Björk and David Byrne and the art of discharging firearms in Canadian shopping malls.

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On the Sixth Day God Created Man…chester: Part 1

Boasting a plethora of bands whose creative imaginations have invariably left legacies of influence, pound-for-pound Manchester is the world’s greatest rock city.

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Be Yourself and Be Free: An Interview with Patrick Wolf

The Bachelor might be a lonely work, but family, fashion, politics, and even a little voyeurism are behind Patrick Wolf's new album.

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Great Vibrations: An Interview with Gary Burton

Our jazz critic talks to Gary Burton about his reunion with Pat Metheny, about starting a "gentle" jazz-rock group, and that no one seems to know what a "vibraphone" really is.

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Wheat: Medeiros / Hope and Adams

It would be tremendously heartening to view the Rebel Group's reissues of these albums as a corrective measure to the attention and praise that eluded them at the time.

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The Best of the Basket Cases: Round 2

Ben bursts open the bubble mailers and announces this round of … winners (honoring the best and brightest of the many unsolicited CDs sent to him).

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9 Jun 2009 // 9:00 PM

Bob Dylan’s Late Style

Lateness, according to Edward Said, is characterized by a kind of artistic innovation in the midst of physical infirmity. Lateness is a denial of the unifying artistic gesture, the stubborn refusal to issue a final proclamation.

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Prince’s Paisley Pals

Minneapolis, Minnesota was the center of Prince's musical kingdom, but there were a lot of musicians associated with his purple music. Here's a short list, with a few ground rules.

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“I Might Have a Late Surge and Kick All Those Guys’ Asses”: An Interview with Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller has a newfound respect for Ryan Adams, some bones to pick with Malcolm Gladwell, and -- oh yeah -- a new solo album filled with heartbreak and communication breakdowns. Right on the cusp of turning 40, it seems that Rhett Miller has finally hit his stride ...

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Blood Meridian: The Last of the True

Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian has been called unfilmable, but that doesn't stop Ben Nichols from getting ahead of the game and crafting a worthy soundtrack.

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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

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"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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