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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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16 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

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 // 10:00 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 // 10:00 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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Here’s the News, and All of It Is Good: An Interview with Mick Jones

The ex-Clash artist returns with a new outlook and a new means of spreading his music, but the rebelliousness remains. Jones talks to PopMatters about his new project Carbon/Silicon.

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Frank Sinatra: A Voice in Time (1939-1952)

Sinatra's reputation was a victim of the changing times, and I don't think it's possible to overstate the effect that this transition has had upon the perception of his music.

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Let Me Into Your Mind: How J.Ralph Changed My Life

Evan Sawdey gives his personal take on the familiar tale of first musical love, explaining how stumbling across the work of under-the-radar musician J.Ralph opened up new doors into a consciousness of music's capabilities.

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Business is Still Good: Inside Megadeth’s Warchest

With 11 studio albums behind them, including the very good United Abominations this past summer, Megadeth's sound has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget just how unique they sounded when they started making waves in the metal scene more than two decades ago.

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New Ground: An Interview with PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey talks to PopMatters about her haunting new album, learning piano by ear, limitless imagination, and why she decided to do a string of solo shows to bring White Chalk to her fans.

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26 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Unscene

Is it possible to make pop music without concern that it's popular? A look at paradoxes of home recording.

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A Constant Questioning: An Interview with Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown

The key member of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade matches his ambition with his humility. And his coffee.

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Truth and Other Restrictions: 'True Detective' - Episode 7 - "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

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"Series creator Nic Pizzolatto constructs the entire season on a simple exchange: death seems to be the metaphysical wage of knowledge.

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