Recent Features
“Megalomania Doesn’t Have a Tax-Bracket”: An Interview with Death Cab for Cutie

Suddenly finding himself with a chart-topping album, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard finds himself concerned with more important things than popping open a bottle of bubbly. It's just another day in the fun, crazed universe of Death Cab.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Bravery

Sam Endicott descends from the band's busy orbit to talk with PopMatters 20 Questions about rude bus drivers, the beauty of thumbprints, and his somewhat disconcerting freaky memory.

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Not Another Winter: An Interview With Mark Eitzel

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel discusses entropy, violence, and why touring sucks. Just don't call him a miserablist!

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28 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Tangled Up in Blue Note

"Blue Note" means there's a certain sound to a record, a style that is tight and sharp and funky but also adventurous. If jazz is music to shout about, Blue Note records may be the most shout-worthy of all time.

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One Bare Shoulder: The Effect of Dream Street on the Sexual Identity of the Teenipopper

To the teenipop subculture at the turn of the century, youth's dizzying optimism and heart-racing infatuation were all that mattered. For most of these young girls, Dream Street would be the center of their first pubescent sexual desires.

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26 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

I’m With the Band

When I started writing about music, I didn't realize that it would mean I'd become "the enemy". So though writing brought me closer to music and the people who make it, it also took me further away.

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Ripping It Off: An Interview With Times New Viking

Singer and drummer Adam Elliott explains the importance of volume, mistakes, and equipment that you can spill beer on.

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Juggernaut Still Rides: Behind the Scenes and Times of Swervedriver

Swervedriver have been away for so long that most assumed they were never coming back. Yet here they are, 17 years after their debut, in the midst of a full-scale tour. This is how they lived to tell.

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This Is Not a Faded Photograph

The seminal Boston post-punk band Mission of Burma is back in force, and there is no better time to enjoy the perfect remastered editions of their initial Ace of Hearts output, with live DVDs to boot. Burma Rules!

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21 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

New Testament Versus Old

It's a hard road, as a fella named John Osbourne once sang, but the respect that Testament has gained over more than two decades of personal and creative ups and downs is well earned.

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21 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Straight Outta Gettysburg

A Civil War drumming technique becomes a YouTube phenomenon. But what good is it for songs?

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Trains and Boats and Covers and Toddlers: An Interview With Laura Cantrell

Cantrell returns with an album of covers influenced by motherhood, the war, and, mostly, the need to just play.

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20 Questions: Miranda Lambert

In the wake of her upset win for Album of the Year last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lambert sits down to riff on PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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Mama Said Knock You Out: Hip-Hop & the Family Unit

There are four hip-hop rules for families. One: Fathers, take care of your children and their mothers. Two: Don't talk about other people's mamas. Three: Be good to your own mother. Four: Repeat as necessary.

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15 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Traveling Light

No supergroup has ever squandered more talent than the Traveling Wilburys. Yet despite themselves, they stand as an enduring testament to the sheer pleasures of collaboration.

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Discovering Margie Joseph: The Sound of Sweet, Soulful Vindication

Long lost albums by Margie Joseph surface after three decades and beg the question, "Was there more than one soul queen at Atlantic?"

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14 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Tickley Feather [Philadelphia, PA]

Philadelphia's Tickley Feather brings a new face to the Philly music scene -- in part by tackling the national stage as a new recruit to Paw Tracks.

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The Plain Truth About Karen Dalton: An Interview with Joe Loop

One-time coffeehouse proprietor Joe Loop shed light on the mysterious Karen Dalton with his notes to the Cotton-Eyed Joe recording and speaks to PopMatters about his memories of the '60s folk scene and his friend Karen.

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11 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Three Nights in France

Beres hits Paris and Bourges to take in the eclectic sounds of Transglobal Underground, Les Primitifs du Futur, Watcha Clan, and Fat Freddy's Drop, and gets pulled into the "sacred space" that solders the connection between sound and human.

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11 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Animals in Time: Neko Case and the Contemporary Country

The music of Neko Case shows us a world of danger, guilt, regret, displaced hearts, lost time and lost faith, several deaths, the matter-of-factness of animals, and reckoning. In other words, exactly what the contemporary moment shows us.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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