Recent Features

4 Mar 2009 // 8:00 PM

Translating Sacred Texts: An Interview with Alina Simone

Alina Simone's interpretive covers of Soviet cult legend Yanka Dyagileva's songs have helped preserve the memory and music of the last Russian punk poet -- and sparked debates about cultural ownership and authenticity.

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There’s Been No Wrong Turns, There’s Just  Been Detours: An Interview with the All-American Rejects

All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler doesn't care about matching the success of his last album, what other people think of him, or what album covers he lands on. All he cares about is his music.

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“It’s a Gut Feeling About the Music”: An Interview with Mac McCaughan

After founding the influential Merge Records, the inimitable Superchunk, and the prolific solo project known as Portastatic, Mac McCaughan is finally ready to look back at his career, his bands, and those wonderful four-track recordings that he thought he lost 'lo those many years ago.

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“Gone Country” and Hoping to Make It Back Alive

Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.

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1 Mar 2009 // 8:00 PM

Apocalypse Jukebox: Disaster, Revelation and Impossible Salvation

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Apocalypse Jukebox, Janssen and Whitelock inform us, “In no small way, rock ‘n’ roll’s early development took place in the shadow of a mushroom cloud.”

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20 Questions: Raul Malo

Grammy winner Raul Malo talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about his aversion to ewoks, a longing for Harlem circa 1930, and the fiercest bird on the planet post-prehistoric times.

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It Starts with an Earthquake: R.E.M.‘s Monster

I have spent half my life being an R.E.M. fan, and I’ve consumed just about every album in their catalogue. So, at this point, I feel confident saying that Monster is unfairly maligned, and truly stands as one of their best.

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Diana Ross Climbs Over the Mountain and Beyond the Valley

What happened when Diana Ross left the Supremes? The answer might surprise you. Two recently unearthed solo albums tell the story.

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Many Will See and Hear: U2’s Prescient Youth

U2's first three albums are an opportunity to try and remember what their youth was like, to contemplate how they grew into mega-mega-mega-superstars, with action-figure-ready personas and their own blockbuster-sized iconography.

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Mirror Twins: Conversations with Nels and Alex Cline

Although their careers have some similarities, the twin composers and songwriters aren't as similar as it seems, covering everything from the monastic to the chaotic.

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I’ve Got the Music in Me

Today, LGBT musicians can flourish as themselves, not hiding behind euphemisms and fictional record label biographies.

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Brick-and-Mortar Record Stores Are Trying to Get Their Groove Back

Like so many industries caught between two seismic sea changes -- the Internet revolution and the great recession -- stores that sell new music are in a fight for their lives.

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Les Claypool: Where Fish Congregate

Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.

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22 Feb 2009 // 7:59 PM

20 Questions: Larkin Grimm

The eclectic and restless Larkin Grimm, a folk singer with a burgeoning career, talks to PopMatters 20 Questions about her inspiration, chainsaw art, and sex outdoors.

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Ravi Coltrane: The Son Also Rises

Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane manages to look backward without seeming stale, and manages to deflect his sound off of his father's without either outright rejection or pale imitation.

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16 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Jero: Oh Yes, He Can

How a young 'half-breed' is reviving a very old, traditional, insular, often ridiculed form of Japanese music.

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Radius [Chicago, IL]

Skirting the line between hip-hop and electronica with an aural tribute to the neighborhoods of Chicago, Radius delves deep into the introspection of bone-chilling winters and aimless depression in search of salvation.

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Biggie Gives Us One More Chance

Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.

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20 Questions: The Handsome Family

Country, bluegrass, and murder ballads, pharmaceuticals, home brews, and macabre stories -- and more to come with Honey Moon.

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Laughing Through the Tears: The Enduring Journey of Etta James

As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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