Recent Features
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (A Eulogy for the E Street Sound)

When it comes to his work with the E Street Band, Springsteen seems to have tempered or even jettisoned other songwriting trademarks, such as the sense of place that informed so many of his songs.

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Restoring Intellectual Day

It rankles my sensibilities that great music is considered "timeless" and therefore Handel's music still "means" today whatever it was it meant in his own time.

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101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007

A hundred and one reasons why hip-hop is not dead, say these three opinionators.

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Hospitals and Baseball Games: An Interview with Magnolia Electric Co.

Jason Molina seems to write more often than he changes recording names, and the result is a recent box set from Magnolia Electric Co.

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Sufficiently Forward-Looking: An Interview with Einstürzende Neubauten

The singer and lyricist gives his take on the music-industrial complex, including the challenge of visiting the United States.

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7 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

DJing the Weather Report

What is the sound of flowers blooming? How does one match an oncoming storm with sonic accuracy?

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3 Jan 2008 // 10:01 PM

For the Love of the Art

How cool is it to go to the "Self Help" section of a bookstore and get a book with life lessons from N.W.A., Little Brother, and Ghostface Killah?

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David Bowie and the Crisis Pentalogy

The recently-released David Bowie Box documents the ten years or so before Bowie's heart attack, during which he worked his way through his midlife crisis.

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2 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Gap: Paul Bley

Paul Bley seems to be that rare jazz musician who has made a romance with the avant-garde seem easy on the ears.

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Everybody Enduring: An Interview with Sam Prekop

Over the course of 14 years, the Sea and Cake has quietly established itself as a Chicago institution.

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1 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Paul McCartney – We Believe In Yesterday

Taken together, Help! and The McCartney Years, show the breadth of an artist's career, warts and all. Few have lived a life as well-documented or as successful as Paul McCartney.

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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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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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