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Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

For the first time, the musical and attitudinal highs and lows of the Bay Area scene are on full, accurate, and coherent display. Forty years was a long time to wait.

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Yo! Your TV Raps: Hip-Hop on US Television

Hip-hop's TV exposure has been strong, giving us a mixture of critique, celebrity, and celebration. Who, in the '80s, would've guessed that hip-hop would have such cultural presence?

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Southern Comfort: An Interview with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell

Band of Horses' reluctant frontman talks about moving back South to record his new album, the fading playoff hopes of the New York Yankees, and indie rock's most influential beards.

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6 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Tragically Miffed

Canada's Barenaked Ladies make some of today's best, most relevant protest music. No, really.

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Don’t Know Much About History

As Lupe Fiasco learned in a recent faux pas, what you don't know won't scare you – until somebody calls you out.

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Taking It Slow: An Interview with Glenn Mercer of the Feelies

With Bill Million, Glenn Mercer headed up the Feelies, one of the best and most underrated bands of '70s and '80s. Now he's back with a solo album that features several ex-Feelies and has the same bewitching shimmer.

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4 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

In Defense of Britney

There’s nothing but guilt surrounding Britney -- guilt for secretly enjoying “Gimme More”, guilt for tuning in to see what sort of trouble she’s gotten herself into today, guilt for not having the balls to use the word “misogyny“.

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Pastures of Plenty: An Interview with Fields

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Fields are proving that on a daily basis.

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Sea of Heartbreak: Dennis Wilson’s Majestic Solo Work

Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, released 30 years ago, is majestic and haunting, a work as rich and complex as almost anything the Beach Boys released. So why is it out of print?

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Beating the System: Radiohead Gives The Man the Middle Finger

Like it or not, Radiohead's new marketing strategy is changing the way people think about digital music.

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Michael Gira in His Own Words

Even after decades of creating powerful music, first through Swans and now with Angels of Light, Michael Gira finds the creative process mysterious, chaotic and a little frightening.

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A Righteous Boy’s Hip-Hop Journey Through Babeland

Songs, more songs -- the prolific singer-songwriter and musician Ani Difranco keeps coming up with them. Here's some help for finding the best of Difranco, especially if you also like De La Soul.

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Rise Like a Phoenix: An Interview with Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox speaks to PopMatters about how to navigate through life's "juggernauts" and the fine art of living.

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Badfinger: Wish You Were Here

The Beatles' favorite pet project left a failing Apple to record a pair of albums with Warner Bros. that haven't been reissued until now. Thankfully, it was worth the wait.

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23 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Scene, Should Be Heard

The Second City has some first-rate music scenes. So listen up, New York.

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Life of Ryan: An Interview with the Cribs

The Cribs made a name for themselves as brash, belligerent punks, but they’ve cemented their place in the rock world with their music -- an intelligent, resolutely British take on power pop that’s actually done better across the pond than in Britain.

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Monty Python’s Matching Tie and Handkerchief

Humor is a funny thing. Here to prove it are three Monty Python albums, revealing the revolutionary constructs of their work, the dangers of self-parody, and, well, something completely different.

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Max Power: An Interview with Maxïmo Park

From the market streets of China to the back alleys of London, Maxïmo Park are poised to take over the world.

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16 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Bass Reflections

Recently, two most idiosyncratic jazz bass players, Miroslav Vitous and Eberhard Weber, released riveting, odd, ambitious recordings, suggesting the importance of the bass tradition to the larger history of the music.

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Play It for Today:  10 Years of Labrador

The Swedish indie-pop label Labrador has been creating their own universe of imaginary blockbuster singles and celebrating the immortal power of "ba-ba-ba" for 10 years now.

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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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