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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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“They Can’t Write You and Me”: An Intimate Chat with Kevin Drew

The Broken Social Scene founder has made his own bed, but just because he's lying in it doesn't mean he can sleep.

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16 Sep 2007 // 9:58 PM

All-Time Best Songs 80-61

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: 80-61... Check all this week for the rest of the countdown.

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The Brutal Truth at Last: An Interview with Reid Paley

One of America's best -- and most underrated -- songwriters talks about life, liquor, Pittsburgh, and what it's like to write songs with Frank Black.

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12 Sep 2007 // 9:41 PM

All-Time Best Songs 100-81

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: 100-81... Check back next week for the rest of the countdown.

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10 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

Many Happy Returns

A little personal, not to mention disturbingly vivid, is par for the course for Today is the Day's music, but when Steve Austin's music is as strong and eclectic as this stack of five discs is, we’ll take anything he’s willing to toss our way.

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Still Howling: An Interview With Neil Michael Hagerty

From the diesel-fueled abandon of Pussy Galore through the trance inducing blues-rock of Royal Trux to Howling Hex, Neil Michael Hagerty has plumbed the mind-changing properties of psychedelic repetition.

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From Boogie Down to Tinseltown

Rappers in showbiz: Did hip-hop land on Hollywood or did Hollywood land on us? For those in 'the land', some of the 4,079 hip-hop laws of crossing-over.

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Journey to the Core of Chaka Khan: The Interview

On the eve of Funk This, Chaka Khan raps with PopMatters on Joni, Jimi, and her "super life" journey.

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Notes from the Underground: An Interview with Viva Voce

Husband and wife team duo Viva Voce aren’t the new White Stripes. No one in this family will be writing songs for Coca Cola any time soon.

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Flower Power: Stepping Back From the Past

After years of talking about how great this music is, it's time we started actually listening to it. For example, does a song sound like the year 1968, or does it sound like Deep Purple?

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Vocal Lightning Captured in a Fragile Bottle

Fischer-Dieskau's voice carries us to that primal, first speech, that musical utterance that communicates desire, represents passion, and attempts to eradicate the barriers that separate human beings.

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The End of an Era: Hilly Kristal 1932-2007

A good guy, who gave us all a hell of a lot to be thankful for.

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30 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

New Ways to Breathe

Breathing Under Water, a collaboration between sitarist Anoushka Shankar and tablist Karsh Kale, is not only where music is going, it's where it's at.

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29 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

Nine to Five

Eager to re-enter the 9-5 work world, before you could even say 401(k), I was halfway to J.Crew and Banana Republic to stock up on office-friendly wear. But adapting to my colleagues' taste in music? Ah, now that's much more difficult.

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Great Expectations: An Interview with Cansei De Ser Sexy

CSS aren’t just the coolest kids on the block. They’re also among the smartest.

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All By Himself No More: An Interview With Eric Carmen

"We had banged our head on the wall long enough and said, 'This isn't going to work,'" remembers Eric Carmen, but the reunited Raspberries show that 30 years later, they're no overnight sensations.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Resilience, Melancholy, and Rihanna's "American Oxygen" with Dr. Robin James

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"Pop Unmuted talks to Dr. Robin James about her book Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism and Rihanna's latest hit "American Oxygen".

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