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Stevie Nicks: Dreams Unwound

Alternately revered and ridiculed, Stevie Nicks has impacted an entire generation of artists with her bewitching tales and stirring stage theatrics. Crystal Visions traces the tangled web of her solo career.

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America’s Most Policed Art Form: The Rise of the Informal Mixtape Economy

Rapper or DJ, these informal economy entrepreneurs have one foot in the world of suits and contracts, and one foot in the world of white-tees and handshake deals. They operate in that gray area between legal and illegal... the high-stakes informal economy.

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13 May 2007 // 9:58 PM

Back to Basics: An Interview with Wilco

Jeff Tweedy discusses Wilco's new effort Sky Blue Sky, a back-to-basics work evoking The Basement Tapes, and the era of digital music.

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British Music During Its Most Fertile Period

Before The Beatles and other British Invasion artists set foot in the United States, young people already saw folk music as a safe and respectable entity. Even Jerry Lewis knew that. No wonder Bob Dylan plugged in and went electric.

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P.M. Mixtape, Vol. Two: Love and Trouble

Since relationships are tough, we need all the help we can get. Sometimes the best advice comes from listening to the right song.

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8 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Could Denton, Texas, be the nation’s next hot spot for indie rock?

When it comes to Texas and music, Austin typically grabs all the glory. But the "live-music capital of the world" might need to watch its back.

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The Doors: Open for Business (Again)

If the first two Doors albums are drugs, they’d be of the decidedly psychedelic variety; the next couple are a dangerous cocktail of amphetamines and Quaaludes. Morrison Hotel is beer: authentic, unfiltered, as American as it gets. L.A. Woman manages to be all of the above.

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One of Those Bands: An Interview With the Noisettes

Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes turns the tables on the Western mindset and contemporary pop music, as well as on our interviewer.

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The Gubernatorial Candidates [New Orleans]

One of the gems of the often overlooked New Orleans underground rock scene, the Gubernatorial Candidates exist in a place where history overlaps and the Big Easy sidles up to post-punk and post-rock in equal doses.

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3 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Collective Impulses

The wife disposing of her ex-husband's collection. The estate sale. The stash of records sold for pennies on the dollar because the water bill was overdue. Collecting music often depends on someone else's misfortune.

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Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy

All hail the excitable boy genius of studio-savvy singer/songwriter-dom. PopMatters examines the new slate of Zevon re-issues.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Celebrity Deathmatch

Every decision already consists of two wrong choices -- it's only a matter of which is the path of least regret.

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30 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Fingers Crossed: An Interview With Field Music

The Sunderland trio can't find enough time to make as much music as they'd like, but they're working on it.

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Open Letter to Lester Bangs

The fearless, arrogant, and very much missed rock writer has been gone from this world for a quarter century, now. Time to drop him a note.

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Emerging Ideas in Global Distribution: An Interview With Six Degrees’ Bob Duskis

"If you don't embrace your buying base, you're going to go out of business." Beres talks with the electronica label's co-founder about digital distribution and independent music.

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29 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Brother Ali Has Finally Laid Down The Undisputed Truth

The conscientious hip-hopper talks about racial identity and the new album that could blow up his career at last.

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Classical Radio Communities: Thoughts on Mediation

Classical music radio gives rise to a prophylactic form of community: we are somehow participating with other listeners without having to engage directly with those others. The music becomes a pretense for communal participation.

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Out of Shadows, Shining Ever-Bright

After catching the reunited '80s-era, Ronnie James Dio-helmed Black Sabbath on tour in Canada, Begrand looks back on an oft-neglected period in the metal titans' career.

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24 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Bound Stems: A Portrait in Perseverance

As a member of Harvey Danger, Evan Sult found instant success, and just as instantly the band became a record-industry afterthought. With his new band, Bound Stems, what keeps him fighting against anomie and anonymity and indifference to make his music heard?

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Sounding the Call for Equality: An Interview with Mavis Staples

Staples: "What has really changed? I'm 67 years old, and I was here the first time around and it's still not fixed. We can't let Dr. King shed his blood and die for us trying to get justice and live in a world like this."

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