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The Bleak, Beautiful Art of Amesoeurs

“I always felt close to Baudelaire's poetry,” says Neige, “at the same time extremely romantic, sour and decadent. A meeting between horror and sublime.”

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Should Black Radio Die?

The idea of black radio has long been dead as companies like Clear Channel and Emmis have mined the field for “authentic” black on-air talent, while having little to do with the communities they exist to serve.

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Thank the Lord for Marty Stuart and his Mullet

What better way to soothe modern worries than by taking in classic country music with a side of hillbilly humor?

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The Death of the Second Folk Revival

If the Second Folk Revival put the power of recording into the hands of the artists, what’s been happening these past five years or so has put that power into the hands of everyone: cell phones that record video, ProTools and Cakewalk, Movie Maker and MySpace.

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14 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Some Sing with Swing

With spring comes a rush of jazz vocalists and some of them can actually sing. Others ... not so much.

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God as a Character: David Berman’s Journey Through Israel

Silver Jew follows David Berman with a camera during his first-ever trip to Israel in a documentary that covers not only the man and his music, but also his intensely personal spiritual journey.

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Remembering the Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever

They moved to Macon 40 years ago. No one here had seen the likes of people like them before. This is their story, in the words of those who knew them best.

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Sinéad O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

Nearly perfect, and overflowing with determined beauty, one of the best recordings of the 1990s is given its due.

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Harder Than Moving a Couch: An Interview With Buddy Miller

The Nashville legend has had a dramatic stretch (including a trip to the Grammys and another to the hospital). He tells PopMatters what's really a challenge.

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Janet Jackson: Regain Control

With the musical world filled with young "divas", there's little room for Miss Janet, an innovator who popularized the Sexy Diva With Choreography paradigm in the first place.

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Commit: An Interview with Steve Earle

Earle digs through a mutual past for a new album of Townes Van Zandt covers, and he explains what it was like knowing, and being heckled by, the songwriter himself.

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20 Questions: Zachary Richard

Zachary Richard’s Cajun accordion speaks to the heart. Let that sound get in your ear and you’ll be out of your chair and on your feet before you can say Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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Big, Dramatic, Rock Guitar Moments: An Interview with Longwave

Following his departure from RCA, Longwave frontman Steve Schiltz wound up touring with Strokes axe-man Albert Hammond Jr., taking advice from the Edge, and making his best album to date.

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A Lament on the Deafening Silence of iPods

I miss your impulse to play your music LOUD, to draw me in, to irritate and offend me – and I miss my impulse to do the same to you.

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6 May 2009 // 9:59 PM

20 Questions: School of Seven Bells

Benjamin Curtis, formerly the guitarist for the Secret Machines, pulled School of Seven Bells together and he sits down with 20 Questions to discuss his moonwalking skills and the greatness of Star Trek and New York City.

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Metal Up Yours, Mine & Metallica’s

Metallica’s got identity and projection issues -- James Hetfield repeatedly directs a string of insights or even accusations at some mysterious "you", only to concede by song's end that he is talking to himself.

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This Year Is Gonna Be Ours: An Interview with Akron/Family’s Miles Seaton

Brooklyn's exhilarating folk-prog-jazz quartet hit a rough spot last year, as Ryan Vanderhoof left and the remaining three members had to rethink what it meant to be a band. The shake-up led to profound changes in Akron/Family's sound and approach to music.

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Infectious Love: An Interview with David Johansen of the New York Dolls

The iconic leader of the legendary band talks about their history and new album. And, in classic Dolls fashion, he doesn't seem overly concerned about any of it.

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20 Questions: Ute Lemper

Ute Lemper is a renaissance chanteuse. She travels the world, carrying music of past and present with here wherever she goes, singing songs by the best songwriters each nation has to offer in their many languages.

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Coachella 2009: A Musical Oasis

Under the searing sun of the California desert, Coachella shines through again as one of the nation's best music fests…

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"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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