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Margie Joseph Reclaims Her Soul: The Interview

Atlantic Records matched one of the most soulful female vocalists of the '70s with one of the all-time greatest producers. Three decades later, why is Margie Joseph not singing all the way to the bank?

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Let’s Get Ready to Mumble: An Interview with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are back. And we still have to lean in to hear what they’re saying.

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16 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Reflections: Motown in 1967

The latest installment in Hip-O Select's impressive reissue series, The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 7: 1967 collects every A-side and B-side released that year, including planned and deleted singles, as well as alternate and promotional mixes -- 120 tracks in all.

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Factory Bloke: Tony Wilson 1950-2007

He was a (expletive) who incited invective, but he stuck to principle and remained true to his Factory ideal: "The artists own everything, we own nothing."

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A Desire to Make Sound: The Arrival of Creative Guitar God Nels Cline

The jazz guitarist -- with Wilco, his trios, or anyone else -- opens up a conversation about how to keep this music living.

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All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Warhol Years 1965–1967, Part Two

In the second of two exclusive PopMatters book excerpts from The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground, Hogan offers a who's who of Andy Warhol's Factory people.

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All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Warhol Years 1965–1967, Part One

In the first of two exclusive PopMatters book excerpts from The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground, Hogan details the energizing effect that meeting Andy Warhol had on the Velvet Underground's career. Stay tuned for part two tomorrow.

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Bruce Willis, Genghis Khan, and Ravioli: Inside the Red Chord’s Prey for Eyes

Do metalheads dream of Kanye West? Guy Kozowyk, vocalist for deathcore standout, the Red Chord, vividly regales PopMatters with lengthy tales about how the many ideas that dominate the band's latest album came to fruition.

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The Free Radicals: An Interview with the Crimea

Major labels, Millennium Stadiums and Tours with Billy Corgan; The Crimea have done it all. Now they’re on their own, they’re breaking all the rules.

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9 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

A Critic’s Grab-Bag

The most rewarding work as a critic is not in evaluating the flow of big menu items from established artists, but in sampling the little dishes that come along -- like this quartet of obscure, interesting stuff from 2007's first half.

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Genesis: 1976-1982

Genesis is slightly different from typical prog rock. Yes, they had the 20-minute song "cycles" and the classical allusions all up in their lyrics, but they also had a few other things that their proggy peers did not: specifically, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

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8 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Summer of Monkees

The Monkee's Headquarters pulsates with a primitive garage fervor, the joyous sound of four eager musicians taking the wheel after months of riding in the backseat; Pisces, too, has more power under the hood than many listeners may realize.

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8 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Alice Cooper, Love It to Death

Love It to Death is the beginning of Alice Cooper as we know him, with his storytelling bent and Ezrin's drapes of the epic. From there Cooper got more external about the nature of evil in his stage shows and symbols.

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The Sounds of Now: Steve Reich and the Transmogrification of the Banal

As human beings, interpretive animals that attempt to navigate the world by coming to some sort of "understanding" of it, we are addicted to purpose.

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Makes Some Waves: An Interview with Bodies of Water

A love of gospel, Tropicalia, and exuberant vocal choruses unites the four members of Bodies of Water, an L.A.-based quartet whose debut full-length is like a musical comedy soundtrack exposed to radiation.

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Laurie Anderson: Big Science

Remastered for the 25th anniversary of its original release, Laurie Anderson's debut remains a uniquely compelling and surprisingly timeless statement on life in the modern world.

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Not Ready to Die: An Interview with Plan B.

Plan B delivers his brutally raw socio-rhymes to not only rip open the ears of listeners but inject a poignant message that entertains and lingers. The UK rapper describes the world he's taking on and the unusual way that he's a racist.

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The Evolution of Africa and Hip-Hop

Pharoahe Monch's new album, Desire, is a complete surround-sense experience, but it's also a reminder that as much as our technologies have improved, what we are communicating is not necessarily the most righteous of information.

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Down at the Crossroads: An Interview with Eric Clapton

In the early `60s, Eric Clapton began a passionate, long-distance love affair with Chicago. Upon hearing the blues of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Hubert Sumlin on vinyl records, Clapton saw his future as a guitarist.

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Robyn Hitchcock: Storefront Hitchcock / Jewels for Sophia

These reissues of two late '90s Robyn Hitchcock albums find the surrealist singer-songwriter in prime form.

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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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