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Songwriting and Social Activism: An Interview With Nellie McKay

"If you keep your opinions and knowledge to yourself, it doesn’t change anything." McKay talks to PopMatters about her current projects, social activism, and philosophy of life in general.

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Punk’s Purple Passion

Bill Gibron was a true-blooded punk-rocker, him and a group of friends scoring gigs at the WFSU radio station and blowing the minds of the squares who didn't know their Sex Pistols from their U2. Yet somehow, the music of a small soul artist from Minneapolis wound up not only changing their lives, but wound up being championed by them as well, climaxing in a fiery performance during the 1999 tour, when, in two swift hours, racial divides were completely eradicated by the all-knowing power of modern funk.

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Baby, He’s a Star: Prince’s Life in Film

Prince's films struggled with several issues, yet the most prominent theme with most of his work was walking that line between credibility and commercialism, turning away from greed in order to embrace his inner artist (which, in Purple Rain's case, is all the more ironic, given that it made him a commercial blockbuster).

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20 Questions: Dave Wakeling

Dave Wakeling, founding member, lead vocalist and songwriter for the legendary ska band, the English Beat, is recording and touring extensively these days. Catch up with Wakeling here on 20 Questions.

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The Beautiful One: Prince and the Fashion of Purple Rain

Some people say that Purple Rain cemented Prince's image because of its music. Christel Loar argues it was that ruffled white shirt. In a personal tale, Loar shows us just how the influential fashion of Purple Rain defined herself and her friends, and what lessons a piece of big mainstream entertainment can teach us all.

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A Track-by-Track Rundown of ‘Purple Rain’

Looking at Purple Rain one song at a time, we uncover a lot of what made this album tick, an expertly paced pop-music masterpiece about love, relationships, and voyeuristic women waiting in hotel lobbies ...

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Something Wrong with the Machinery: Prince’s Pop Paradox

When Jason Buel was in a rock-band called the Royals, he played some shows to metalheads and was met with indifference. When the band broke out a cover of "Computer Blue", however, everyone noticed. Here, Buel takes us on a journey into what precisely made Prince a figure that could transcend genres so easily, and why his songs are just so ripe for covering.

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Atlanta Fire: An Interview with Black Lips

Jared Swilley says his band's only trying to have some fun, but things don't always work out that way.

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Clint, Michigan [Brooklyn, NY]

After witnessing the genesis of Clint, Michigan's intimate music firsthand, the honesty of its translation to the recording studio has one PopMatters writer expanding his cherished memories.

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25 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Born on the Bayou

With 500 performances spread out over seven days, two weekends, and 14 stages, PopMatters’ reporter takes New Orleans’ Jazz Fest to task, but also asks: Where else on earth could this happen?

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Abnormally Attracted to Sin: Tori Amos Talks with PopMatters

On the eve of the release of her tenth album, Amos chatted about collaborating with rock Gods and Goddesses, how bootlegs could potentially cause divorce, and why a gal sometimes just needs a good wig to add an extra element of surprise to both her marriage and her live show.

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How Radiohead’s Business Model Shook Up the Music Industry

Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music tells the story of a new grassroots music industry, created by the laptop generation, with the fans and bands in charge.

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Yann Perreau [Montreal, Quebec]

Something in Yann Perreau has cracked open, and while the irritated, despairing musician of his past work was attractive, Perreau's sudden confidence seems like a better fit with his raucous stage persona.

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The Bleak, Beautiful Art of Amesoeurs

“I always felt close to Baudelaire's poetry,” says Neige, “at the same time extremely romantic, sour and decadent. A meeting between horror and sublime.”

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Should Black Radio Die?

The idea of black radio has long been dead as companies like Clear Channel and Emmis have mined the field for “authentic” black on-air talent, while having little to do with the communities they exist to serve.

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Thank the Lord for Marty Stuart and his Mullet

What better way to soothe modern worries than by taking in classic country music with a side of hillbilly humor?

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The Death of the Second Folk Revival

If the Second Folk Revival put the power of recording into the hands of the artists, what’s been happening these past five years or so has put that power into the hands of everyone: cell phones that record video, ProTools and Cakewalk, Movie Maker and MySpace.

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14 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Some Sing with Swing

With spring comes a rush of jazz vocalists and some of them can actually sing. Others ... not so much.

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God as a Character: David Berman’s Journey Through Israel

Silver Jew follows David Berman with a camera during his first-ever trip to Israel in a documentary that covers not only the man and his music, but also his intensely personal spiritual journey.

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Remembering the Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever

They moved to Macon 40 years ago. No one here had seen the likes of people like them before. This is their story, in the words of those who knew them best.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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