Recent Features
Various Artists: City of Dreams

This collection spreads piano, blues, street beats, and slippery funk over four discs that are as joyous and imperfect as the Crescent City itself.

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10 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Gap: Charles Lloyd

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd enjoyed periods of critical acclaim, popular celebration, eccentric withdrawal, and general trivialization. He was easy to ignore if you came of jazz fan age after 1970, and that's a shame.

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Honoring Philly’s Finest: Gamble and Huff

Few producers in the history of American music moved bodies, warmed hearts, and inspired souls as effortlessly as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Befitting their achievements, Gamble and Huff head this year’s class of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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20 Questions: Steve Wynn

Wynn's new album, Crossing Dragon Bridge, comes out 22 April. He takes a moment to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions and consider what goes best with touring: a martini, Belgian chocolate, or espresso?

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Inside the Fabulous Funk of the Brand New Heavies

Andrew Levy tells PopMatters how there's no blues in the Brand New Heavies' rhythm since N'Dea Davenport returned.

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5 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Marillion, Afraid of Sunlight

Having made a name as prog-rock revivalists in the '80s, Marillion then lost its singer and slid slowly into semi-obscurity, the band responded with a dark album that assessed the fallout of fame.

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Taking Their Passion Play to the Road: An Interview with Nightwish

If bassist Marco Hietala laughs easily, it's because his band's back where they want to be after a period of gloom and change.

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If You Can’t Build a Whole, Build a Mosaic: An Interview with Jim White

Jim White is changing the face of democracy, or at least taking the drunken poet approach to things. White talks to PopMatters about his new record, Transnormal Skiperoo.

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By:Larm 2008: Pining For the Fjords

PopMatters surveys the smorgasbord of Scandinavian pop, metal and everything in between at the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway. Great music, splendid weather, $12 beers and lots of hot dogs later, we emerge already looking forward to next year.

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Dear Planet Earth: An Interview with Sebastian Bach

Through reality shows, theater appearances, and Hep Alien, the enthusiastic Bach keeps his focus (and his funding) on his music, even if the industry is a bitchslap.

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The Best of the Basket Cases: Round 1

Deep down, in spite of all the bad music I have to plow through, I'm still that 17-year-old kid that can't believe he's getting sent free CDs. I know, I know; it's a rough gig.

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I Felt Like Another Country Myself: An Interview with Tift Merritt

PopMatters talks to Merritt in a revealing and engrossing discussion. She gives insight into her art, her career, and how the two are sometimes at odds with one another.

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20 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Every Good Boy Does Fine

Required to take a music class in high school I signed up for chorus, but the teacher offered me $50 to drop the class – and other ruminations about learning to play the piano.

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19 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Devotion Through Music

Global spiritual traditions are being evolved by artists fusing the best of many worlds, electronic and traditional, into forms of devotion applicable to us all.

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Isolation Songs: An Interview with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon holed up in the north Wisconsin woods to try to get his life and his music back on track ... and, in the process, almost by accident, made one of this year's most hauntingly beautiful folk-rock albums.

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14 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

El Che & the Thriller

Rhymefest's mixtape tribute continues hip-hop's longstanding affection for the Jacksons.

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14 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Which Echoes Belong?

Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is often dubbed a postmodern classic. But what is that even supposed to mean?

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Forgotten Treasures of ‘60s Soul: The Chambers Brothers’ Vault Recordings

Long before the Chambers Brothers psychedelicized soul with their anthemic classic, “Time Has Come Today”, the talented band gained respect for their eclectic blend of blues, gospel, and classic rock ‘n’ roll.

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13 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Flux as Inspiration: An Interview with Oakley Hall

Pat Sullivan and Rachel Cox take us from Morrissey to Blake to the Clancy Brothers, while warning us not to eat the fish. The Brooklyn indie band discusses this and more with PopMatters.

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11 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Dead Grammy Walking

The Grammys are a tradition whose bottom has fallen out, a relic still standing only because people are too bored to say otherwise.

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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