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The World Is All There Is: An Interview with Fool’s Gold

Rising Afropop titans Fool's Gold are bringing a unique cultural heritage to rock music: singing in Hebrew, changing their lineup with virtually every performance, and having one hell of a time shattering conventions ...

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The Story of a Soul Survivor: ‘Private Dancer’ at 25

On the eve of Tina Turner's 70th birthday, PopMatters salutes the 25th anniversary of Private Dancer. Join us as we celebrate the making of a modern classic while David Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Janelle Monáe, Bryan Adams, and more than 20 artists and producers pay tribute to the girl form Nutbush who conquered the world stage.

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The Gospel According to Butch: Part 3—The Artist

Here songwriting is the focal point and Walker talks about his time working with Avril Lavigne, gives props to "The Macarena", and how he shouldn't try to make songs that are "post-gleeful".

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“With Our Love, We Can Save the World”: The Beatles Within and Without the Late ‘60s Zeitgeist

The Beatles were consistently constructed as symbolic avatars for the social and cultural shifts of their time and place, even while they were still in the midst of that time and place.

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In My Own Life: 20 Indirect Beatle Memories

Unlike other bands that have come and gone, the actual fabric of my life is laced with unusual -- and even eccentric -- reminders of the Fab Four's impact.

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Spinach and Broccoli Music: An Interview with Composer and Drummer John Hollenbeck

John Hollenbeck recombines the familiar in compositions that are startlingly new. His new Eternal Interlude is among the best jazz of 2009. Here, he explains his quirky, fresh methods.

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‘Revolution in the Head; The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties’ by Ian MacDonald

Every corner of this book is filled with characterful touches. You can look, but you will not find this level of writing in any other Beatles book.

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20 Beatles Buried Treasures

A list of the nearest things in the most overexposed catalogue in the history of popular music to “deep tracks”.

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Sgt. Pepper Sets the Stage: The Album as a Work of Art

For the first time on a Beatles record, every song seemed connected in some way, however small. It didn't feel right to listen to just one song at a time; it felt right to listen to the whole album, front to back, every song.

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Reuben Butchart [New York]

The former pianist for Antony & the Johnsons "awakens" with his most elaborate solo work yet.... and it features a plastic bag! Here's the story behind Reuben Butchart's boundless creativity.

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Dimensional Walls Getting Thinner: The Collective Minds of Krallice

What started out a back-to-basics project has turned into one of the coolest, most forward-thinking American metal bands of this decade.

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The Gospel According to Butch: Part 2—The Performer

The ever-prolific producer/songwriter Butch Walker notes how live shows lack a genuine mystique these days, his secret for surviving a tour, and why he'll probably never see Third Eye Blind in concert again ...

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Hip-Hop & the Contrast Principle

Hip-hop, as a culture and a musical genre, moves at lightning speed. Keeping up requires an awareness of our expectations and a willingness to revisit our assumptions.

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The Records, Day Five: 1970 and Beyond

And, in the end... With the release of Abbey Road, the Beatles ceased to be a band. They became, forever more, an idea: the go-to example, the archetype, of the rock'n'roll group. How do we remember the Beatles? How do we pay tribute?

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Beatlemania: The Defiance of a Generation

The Beatles presented an outlet for people to express their emotions by offering musical and stylistic satisfaction. Listeners were united through a common cause: the music spoke to them and for them.

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The Records, Day Four: 1968-1969

From 1968-1969, the Beatles went from being a fractious group to a merely fractured one. However, along the way, as they headed off in their different directions, they managed to come up with some of their most enduring material.

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We’re Going to See the Beatles: The Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles managed to spend the morning of the next day, Feb. 8th, in relative quiet. On Sunday, they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and it was the night Beatlemania exploded.

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Nothing is Real: The Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’

The Yellow Submarine exists. It’s not a mirage, or a mind game. Someone, inspired by the Beatles, built the Yellow Submarine, and it exits to this day.

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The Records, Day Three: 1966-1967

The psychedelic trilogy -- Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour -- stands as the artistic peak of a band that had retreated into the studio and found untold riches there.

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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

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"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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