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Sufficiently Forward-Looking: An Interview with Einstürzende Neubauten

The singer and lyricist gives his take on the music-industrial complex, including the challenge of visiting the United States.

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DJing the Weather Report

What is the sound of flowers blooming? How does one match an oncoming storm with sonic accuracy?

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For the Love of the Art

How cool is it to go to the "Self Help" section of a bookstore and get a book with life lessons from N.W.A., Little Brother, and Ghostface Killah?

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David Bowie and the Crisis Pentalogy

The recently-released David Bowie Box documents the ten years or so before Bowie's heart attack, during which he worked his way through his midlife crisis.

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2 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Gap: Paul Bley

Paul Bley seems to be that rare jazz musician who has made a romance with the avant-garde seem easy on the ears.

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Everybody Enduring: An Interview with Sam Prekop

Over the course of 14 years, the Sea and Cake has quietly established itself as a Chicago institution.

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1 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Paul McCartney – We Believe In Yesterday

Taken together, Help! and The McCartney Years, show the breadth of an artist's career, warts and all. Few have lived a life as well-documented or as successful as Paul McCartney.

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Across the Great Divides One Last Time: An Interview with the Mendoza Line

Timothy Braces gives the story behind the band's literal break-up album.

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The Redistribution & Revival of Roots

Like the roots of old and those of new, music flows stream-like from the hearts of these artists into an ocean of humanity.

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In Through the Outré Door

At the beginning of 2007 as the metal albums started pouring in, it quickly became abundantly clear that two record labels were going to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

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“Bigger Than Hip-Hop or Oprah”: An Interview with Mr. J. Medeiros

From Fisher Price to Phillipino porn, this smart rapper takes in all in and talks with PopMatters about his career as a b-boy, graffiti artist and social activist.

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10 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Viva ‘Wild Style’

Wild Style confirms what we now know for a fact: hip-hop wanted to and succeeded in blowing up. No one in the cast/ crew/ generation could conceive what it meant to go pop.

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Young and Hopeful: An Interview With Good Charlotte

Guitarist Billy Martin explains how neither ruining the scene nor a Spinal Tap-like string of drummers has bothered the band.

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Young Upstarts and Wily Veterans

If you thought Satan couldn't invent a few new rides for you, you obviously forgot that he's got all the time in the world and plenty of cheap labor -- and other thoughts on the 2007 roots music scene.

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A Blues for Otis: The Life and Legacy of a Soul Legend

Though all too often overshadowed by those who came after him, the 40th anniversary of his death affords us a moment to pause and reconsider the all-too-brief life and enduring legacy of soul pioneer Otis Redding.

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Schroeder’s Dilemma: The Christmas Carol, as Lucy Likes It

The Christmas carol is neither high art nor popular claptrap; it is neither austerely sacred nor tritely popular; it is both timeless and timely, traditional and modern.

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Honor Thy Father: An Interview with Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa has spent the last several years of his life reviving the music of his father, the late Frank Zappa. Why now?

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Not a Saint (Just a Living Legend)

Lil Wayne is the best rapper in the game, and through a brilliant proliferation of mixtapes and guest spots, he's proven to be the definition of finding treasure in the journey on the way to a proper album destination.

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The Party of the Humans Has Left Us Hungover: An Interview with the Most Serene Republic

Ryan Lenssen nearly had his hands cut off, made his bandmates re-record the same album three times over, and says that their latest album wouldn't have been possible without the help of Ayn Rand.

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3 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mic’d Up

Karaoke: Those who can't, do anyway; those who wish they could, only watch in mute rapture.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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