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20 Questions: Laurie Lindeen

"It's A Wonderful Life", aint' it? Author and musician Laurie Lindeen (Zuzu's Petals), like George Bailey, would know, as she shares some insights with PopMatters 20 Questions.

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“OK, I’ve Done It, That’s Enough for Me”: An Interview with Four Tet

With a new dance-oriented EP and multiple collaborations with Steve Reid under his belt, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden looks back on a career where he's opened for Radiohead, played for Badly Drawn Boy, and explains why it's unlikely he'll do either ever again.

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Mandi Perkins [Los Angeles, CA]

After meeting more than a share of mad hatters in the music industry, Mandi Perkins survived the rabbit hole and is gearing up for her first major label release, Alice in No Man's Land.

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16 Sep 2008 // 9:59 PM

Kiss and Tell

In the 13 years since Jill Sobule’s "I Kissed a Girl", homosexuality has shed some of its taboo -- but Katy Perry’s song is, at best, a reminder that there’s still a long way to go.

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15 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Workingman’s Death

All That Remains' Phil Labonte talks about exercising restraint in creativity, recording the band's new album, 'Overcome', and not taking metal too seriously.

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The Energy Moving Through the Air: An Interview with Calexico’s Joey Burns

In a business that is dominated by both the hyper-commodification of artistry and the lazy emphasis on marketing and artifice rather than imagination and creativity, Calexico’s “just play” approach is like the whisper of another era.

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14 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Jokerman Meets Mad Man

Bob Dylan helped change the way the 1960s sounded; advertising icon George Lois changed the way it looked. It's only fitting that their paths have crossed several times since

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“He Was Just Starting to Scratch the Surface”: Dennis Wilson, Remembered

Sitting down with producer Gregg Jakobson and Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean), PopMatters reflects on the genius of Dennis Wilson, who worked on his own time, by his own rules, and in a life that had so much to offer.

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The Final Say: An Interview With Lackthereof

Danny Seim lives out his musical ideal, and he's even found an extra microphone.

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Some Things Just Can’t Stay Buried

Burial's recent revelation would appear to change nothing, but strangely enough it may just affect how we listen to his music.

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20 Questions: Chuck Klosterman

Prolific pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman knows as well as PopMatters that, well, pop matters. He discusses with PopMatters 20 Questions some of the things in this world that influence, sway, and affect.

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“My Head Is Filled With Fire”: A Conversation With Retribution Gospel Choir’s Alan Sparhawk

Alan Sparhawk gives back what he's taken, but that's not to say he's not holding onto his hope and wit.

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Orphans and Vandals [London, UK]

London's Orphans and Vandals are making their engrossing way through familiar territory, singing of the detachment of the nighttime streets and its clouded characters, but made fresh for their naive lack of imitation.

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1 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Event Etiquette

Enthusiasm at sporting events and concerts is great. But when your spirited dancing turns into a one-man mosh pit, it's a damned annoying distraction.

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20 Questions: Handsome Dick Manitoba

Punk rock godfather and legend Handsome Dick Manitoba likes to kick back in the ol' Barcalounger and enjoy the comforts of home, as he reveals to PopMatters 20 Questions.

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To Hell and Back: Black Sabbath’s Dio Years

Ronnie James Dio's original three-year sojourn with Black Sabbath was mercurial, but it completely transformed and re-energized the band.

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The Dusty Foot Philosopher Kicks Up America

K'Naan stood on stage, drum in hand, focused on the two instruments that comprise and compose the totality of African storytelling: the voice and the drum.

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26 Aug 2008 // 9:59 PM

R.I.P. LeRoi Moore

Even though I shed my DMB obsession years ago, I can't help but feel this is the end of an era. With Moore's passing, the band has lost its saxophone pillar, an irreplaceable voice, and they will never be the same.

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“A Language That Nobody Else Could Understand”: An Interview with Elbow

With their new album The Seldom Seen Kid fresh on shelves, the guys in Elbow sit down with PopMatters to reflect on the losses, tragedies, and hopes that got them to where they are now, all while celebrating the music that continues to unite this group over nearly two decades of existence.

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24 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

He’s Lost Control

The kids who grew up in the '90s had the haunted Kurt Cobain; my generation had the tormented Ian Curtis.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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