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Wetnurse: Not Just Weaned on Metal

Wetnurse's Curran Reynolds talks about growing up in the isolated Maine woods, recording with NYC mainstay Martin Bisi, and how his band expresses "love as well as angst".

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4 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

CMJ Music Marathon 2008: From Top Draw to Taco Bell

Whether they were looking for a quick blast of blog action or a record deal, over 1,000 bands poured into New York City looking for that elusive ounce of praise that could elevate them from a gaggle of fans to the Gossip Girl soundtrack. Here are the best 20 and the worst 10 artists.

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3 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Raging in the Streets

With America rejecting conservative politics, the time is ripe for Rage Against the Machine's return. The band has rediscovered creative and political confidence that fits these tumultuous times perfectly.

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Electoral Relaxation: The Myth of the Hip-Hop Achilles Heel

Either Obama's "hip-hop candidacy" makes him appeal to a heretofore disaffected and/or untapped voting bloc, thereby legitimizing his claim as a candidate of hope and change; or this unwelcome connection to a controversial art is a liability.

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2 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?

Barack Obama may be Radiohead and Sarah Palin a riot grrl punk, but they aren't rockstars. The reason why is that the rockstar is dead.

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20 Questions: Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman

Tom Morello is as passionate about politics as he is about music. With the US Presidential elections looming, Morello chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about those who inspire him and the range of cultural and political genres they represent.

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29 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

Making Mix Discs for Halloween? Pick from These Creepy Best

There are way more than 50 songs contained on our three lists -- one of perennial classics, one filled with rock staples and a final 20 comprised of offbeat and lesser-known gems. Load up your MP3 player of choice, hit shuffle ... and let the spooking begin.

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20 Questions: Cowboy Mouth’s Fred LeBlanc

Does Cowboy Mouth’s maniacal drummer/lead singer Fred LeBlanc remind you of Animal from The Muppet Show?

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27 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Murder, My Sweet

They might kick me out of the feminist club for this, but I love murder ballads, even the ones in which women get killed—though, to be fair, I am an equal opportunity advocate when it comes to a good killing narrative.

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Todd Snider [East Nashville, TN]

After two decades of charting his own path through the music industry, Todd Snider is a musician on his own terms -- when he isn't being kidnapped by his friends and forced to write excellent albums.

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22 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Songs in the Key of Rap

The relationship between singing and rapping has had a transforming effect on hip-hoppers and singers alike.

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21 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

From Biker Dudes to True Colors: An Interview with the Cliks

Lucas Silveira has found himself in two worlds musically, and if that helps people come together, then he's satisfied.

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Parents Just Don’t Understand

For every tween who raids his parents' record collection, there are 30 more who can't get in the family car without headphones plugged in to their own tunes.

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Countrypolitik: What’s Right and What’s Left About Country Music

At a first glance, country music seems traditionally allied with the sort of down-home, small-town ethics and values touted by the Republicans. But the politics of country music has never been a simple red or blue.

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Hats Off: An Interview with Roy Harper

Jimmy Page wrote a song about him. Paul and Linda McCartney sang back up for him. And now, after decades of languishing as "the longest running underground act in the world", Roy Harper is reissuing his entire catalogue to a world that may just finally be ready for him.

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The Liberated Chameleon: An Interview With Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet may be several artists at once, but she's still just herself.

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20 Questions: Mike Farris

Mike Farris, a man with a sweet but mighty tenor, talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about his little slice of Heaven, right here on Earth.

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Blues Child: An Interview With Eli Cook

PopMatters talks with 21-year-old bluesman Eli Cook about cranking it up, turning it down, and balancing the expectations of different crowds.

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Two Cow Garage [Columbus, Ohio]

After years of building a sound, a fan base, and scraping by in the music business, Two Cow Garage is (once again) poised on the edge of greatness with their upcoming release.

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8 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Selling the Melody

From the lips of Melody Gardot -- heard in her swinging Cole Porter for an automobile -- there's another tentacle of jazz pushing forward, finding its way into our ears.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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