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A Crash Course in Heavy Metal for Neophyte Heshers

If ever there was a genre anthology just begging to be picked apart and criticized by obsessive fans, it’s a metal collection; Rhino's The Heavy Metal Box, an introduction to the music circa 1968-91, gets its share of disassembling, here.

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Losing California

After the Mamas and the Papas, unheralded songwriter John Phillips released one perfect solo album before disintegrating into addiction and self-recrimination.

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3 Oct 2007 // 10:00 PM

Yuri Lane [Chicago]

Lights go up onstage revealing one man. The bass drum lays down the initial beat. A boom, chick, boom-boom, chick, punctuated by an explosive blow to the crash cymbal. It’s an orgy of percussion, and it's all coming from a single mouth.

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Fire Engines: Hungry Beat

Cowbell-crazed, no-wave noised, robot-funk grooves from the short-lived Scottish band best known for inspiring Franz Ferdinand. Even the most cursory listen provides that they were much, much more interesting than that.

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1 Oct 2007 // 10:00 PM

Season of the Tribe

A Tribe Called Quest's standout recognition among the glitterati at the VH1 Awards could be viewed as a subtle reminder that hip-hop does not adhere to a static definition, nor is it beholden to a single (commercial) goal.

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C’mon Over and Let’s Make a Record: An Interview with Devendra Banhart

How the pied piper of psych folk and his ever growing band of followers holed up in a Topanga Canyon house, broke out a boxload of exotic instruments and kicked out the jams of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.

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The Affectionate Parodies and Ironic Diss-Positions of Ween

Shock-humor abounds across Ween’s work, and dumb infantilism is worn as a badge of honor.

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So Said the Lighthouse Keepers

When Klaatu debuted in the '70s no one knew who they were. Then suddenly everyone thought they were the Beatles reunited. And then came the backlash.

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26 Sep 2007 // 10:00 PM

Spontaneous and Passionate Invention

Ornette Coleman's free jazz was an American variant on the means and methods of Europe's Situationists.

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She’s Here Again: An Interview With Thelma Houston

Nearly two decades after her last album, Thelma Houston answers the inevitable question: "Where has she been?"

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23 Sep 2007 // 10:00 PM

Passport to the Future

Once you get past the initial groove that Manu Chao lays, and become accustomed to his fast-paced nature, you recognize a passionate soul as devoted to music as he is to political and social justice.

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Goodbye Guitar Town: An Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle might be quieting down, but he still has plenty to say. PopMatters talks with Earle about his new album, New York and much more.

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The Mysterious Mr Wheeler: An Interview with Ash

He's spearheaded one of Britain’s greatest bands for over a decade. So why can’t we figure out what makes Ash’s Tim Wheeler special?

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The Exact Wrong Person: An Interview with Michelle Shocked

Michelle Shocked attempts to meld her politics, her religion, and her art while taking the scorn and criticism.

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20 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

The Cradle Will Rock

While my wife sings sea chantys to our baby, I'm finding plenty of dark, tranquil passages from Bruce Springsteen to help her sleep. Beats tales of the Black Death, miscarriages, and executions found in traditional nursery rhymes.

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19 Sep 2007 // 9:59 PM

All-Time Best Songs 20-1

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 20-1...

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Swept off My Feet by “Newcomer” James Carney

Current musicians like Brad Mehldau or Greg Osby are the equivalents of Albert Pujols or Mariano Rivera: future legends that walk among us today. Now you're on notice: James Carney may just be a master in the making.

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“Not Because I’m Conscious”: An Interview with Talib Kweli

The rapper says, "I just try to write songs," but he's tackling difficult subjects while trying to launch a business.

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18 Sep 2007 // 9:59 PM

All-Time Best Songs 40-21

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 60-41... Check all this week for the rest of the countdown.

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17 Sep 2007 // 9:59 PM

All-Time Best Songs 60-41

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 60-41... Check all this week for the rest of the countdown.

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

// Short Ends and Leader

"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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