Recent Features
I Felt Like Another Country Myself: An Interview with Tift Merritt

PopMatters talks to Merritt in a revealing and engrossing discussion. She gives insight into her art, her career, and how the two are sometimes at odds with one another.

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Every Good Boy Does Fine

Required to take a music class in high school I signed up for chorus, but the teacher offered me $50 to drop the class – and other ruminations about learning to play the piano.

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19 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Devotion Through Music

Global spiritual traditions are being evolved by artists fusing the best of many worlds, electronic and traditional, into forms of devotion applicable to us all.

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Isolation Songs: An Interview with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon holed up in the north Wisconsin woods to try to get his life and his music back on track ... and, in the process, almost by accident, made one of this year's most hauntingly beautiful folk-rock albums.

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14 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

El Che & the Thriller

Rhymefest's mixtape tribute continues hip-hop's longstanding affection for the Jacksons.

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14 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Which Echoes Belong?

Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is often dubbed a postmodern classic. But what is that even supposed to mean?

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Forgotten Treasures of ‘60s Soul: The Chambers Brothers’ Vault Recordings

Long before the Chambers Brothers psychedelicized soul with their anthemic classic, “Time Has Come Today”, the talented band gained respect for their eclectic blend of blues, gospel, and classic rock ‘n’ roll.

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13 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Flux as Inspiration: An Interview with Oakley Hall

Pat Sullivan and Rachel Cox take us from Morrissey to Blake to the Clancy Brothers, while warning us not to eat the fish. The Brooklyn indie band discusses this and more with PopMatters.

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11 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Dead Grammy Walking

The Grammys are a tradition whose bottom has fallen out, a relic still standing only because people are too bored to say otherwise.

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Just Let Go: An Interview with Jarboe

J2 is what happens when artists like Jarboe and Justin Broadrick meet halfway, then feed off each other.

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Trophy Case: The 2008 Grammy Awards

Somehow, Kanye West was able to make the entire evening about himself. Surprise, surprise...

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10 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

20 Questions: Robyn Hitchcock

PopMatters debuts "20 Questions", a weekly feature of short, sassy questions aimed to encourage playful responses that reveal the gist of the artist. We couldn't think of a better person to start with than the witty and clever Robyn Hitchcock.

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Just Another Brick: The Phases of Pink Floyd

Keefe trolls through all the highs and lows of the Pink Floyd catalogue, surveying both their history and offering video highlights of the seminal band's many incarnations.

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4 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Burning Down the House

A pack and purge process got Nishimoto to thinking about Jay Electronica, who may be the M.I.A. that hip-hop has been waiting for.

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Putney Appalachian Pop: An Interview with Hot Chip

Moving from the bedroom to the studio, Hot Chip might have matured, but don't think they still won't take the gloves off. Hot Chip talks to PopMatters about their fine new record.

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The Light Within: The 21st Century Love Songs of Nick Cave

As the Bad Seeds prepare to release their new album, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Burt considers the mythological symbols in Nick Cave's songs and what they say about the time we live in.

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30 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Gap: Bix Beiderbecke

It's never too late to get hip to a good thing. I've finally opened my ears to '20s-era Bix Biederbecke.

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Drive-By Truckers: The Burrs in Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Saddle

The Truckers earned universal acclaim for their well-crafted rock albums and raucous live shows, but 2008 marks a new era. PopMatters talks with Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.

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Love from the ‘90s, Mix-Tape Style

Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape interprets a recent decade in the ever-shifting sound of the universal language.

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It’s Hard to Rhyme Anything with Atchafalaya: An Interview with Chris Walla

Chris Walla has finally made peace with Homeland Security, but that's not the only thing that the Death Cab for Cutie guitarist wants to set right. Walla talks to PopMatters.

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//Mixed media

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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