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Biggie Gives Us One More Chance

Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.

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20 Questions: The Handsome Family

Country, bluegrass, and murder ballads, pharmaceuticals, home brews, and macabre stories -- and more to come with Honey Moon.

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Laughing Through the Tears: The Enduring Journey of Etta James

As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.

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From Safety to Where: The Factory Years of New Order

The full sweep and glory of New Order's accomplishment -- from the static gloom of Movement and “In a Lonely Place" to the happy, confident likes of Technique and “Run” -- cannot be underestimated.

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Maya Azucena [Brooklyn, NY]

Maya Azucena is among the most original independent artists to hatch from the New York scene and conquer the world stage. Here's how this warrior built her career from the ground up.

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Beyond the Bubble of the Grammys

The Grammys suffer from the same problem as the rest of the recording industry: thinking America defines culture.

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10 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Compelled to Slay

"It's definitely going to get a lot weirder." Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz talks about playing to a click track, the changing tastes of musicians, and staying relevant after 20 years.

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20 Questions: Martin Bisi

The prolific performer, songwriter and producer Martin Bisi chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about malls, ghettos, industrial wastelands and other inspiring places, people and things.

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“I Never Thought That I’d Miss You So Much”: An Interview with Gary Louris and Mark Olson

After more than a decade apart, the ex-Jayhawks are in harmony once again. Gary Louris, the alt-country icon who has forged a solo career after leading the legendary Jayhawks for roughly two decades, talks to PopMatters.

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9 Feb 2009 // 3:30 AM

Watching Rap

Somewhat lost in the glamour of fame, money, and recognition that typifies hip-hop success is the fact that "all eyes on me" includes the police and the feds. Yet surveillance of rappers is very real, and the result is a strange case of artists hiding in public.

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Pulling Names from a Hat: The 2009 Grammy Awards

If the Grammy Awards are really supposed to be "Music's Biggest Night", then what does the 2009 ceremony say about the state of sonic entertainment right now?

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Working in the Coal Mine and Singing About It, Too

The majority of us aren't coal miners, we don't know coal miners, and we wouldn't last a week in a coal mine. Are coal mining songs, then, still relevant?

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M for Montréal - Leonard Cohen Eats There

Montréal may sit a mere 37 miles north of the American border and, for me, a short 90-minute flight from Philadelphia, yet the former Canadian capital really is a world away. PopMatters visits the M for Montréal in search of great new Canadian music and the soul of a city.

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Across the Universe, for the Sixth Time

This year's globalFEST was punctuated by performances from Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, La Troba Kung-Fu, Kailash Kher, Watcha Clan, and others -- a brave journey through the world of sounds, guided by open minds and big hearts.

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2 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Concert Overload

Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.

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Adventures in Solitude: An Interview With A.C. Newman

Somehow Newman fits American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, and classic international cinema into a conversation about his latest work.

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Hank’s Other Side: Religion, Radio, and the Roots of Country Music

Hank Williams' recordings for WSM's Mother's Best Flour radio show challenge the modern listener's idea that country music reserves Jesus for Sunday morning.

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29 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Art Imitates Death

One of the misconceptions that Graeme Thomson deals with in his book I Shot a Man in Reno is that music about death is somehow out of the norm. In fact, death finds its way into pretty much every type of music.

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Needles in the Haystack

To supplement our list of favorite 25 singles, we offer a quick look at a handful of under-appreciated gems in the Motown catalog.

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What It Was Like

In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?

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It's Not Easy Being Yellow

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"In which we consider the challenges of and the reasons for making the “wrong” color choice in Pokemon Go.

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