Recent Features
Schroeder’s Dilemma: The Christmas Carol, as Lucy Likes It

The Christmas carol is neither high art nor popular claptrap; it is neither austerely sacred nor tritely popular; it is both timeless and timely, traditional and modern.

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Honor Thy Father: An Interview with Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa has spent the last several years of his life reviving the music of his father, the late Frank Zappa. Why now?

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Not a Saint (Just a Living Legend)

Lil Wayne is the best rapper in the game, and through a brilliant proliferation of mixtapes and guest spots, he's proven to be the definition of finding treasure in the journey on the way to a proper album destination.

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The Party of the Humans Has Left Us Hungover: An Interview with the Most Serene Republic

Ryan Lenssen nearly had his hands cut off, made his bandmates re-record the same album three times over, and says that their latest album wouldn't have been possible without the help of Ayn Rand.

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3 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mic’d Up

Karaoke: Those who can't, do anyway; those who wish they could, only watch in mute rapture.

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Here’s the News, and All of It Is Good: An Interview with Mick Jones

The ex-Clash artist returns with a new outlook and a new means of spreading his music, but the rebelliousness remains. Jones talks to PopMatters about his new project Carbon/Silicon.

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Frank Sinatra: A Voice in Time (1939-1952)

Sinatra's reputation was a victim of the changing times, and I don't think it's possible to overstate the effect that this transition has had upon the perception of his music.

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Let Me Into Your Mind: How J.Ralph Changed My Life

Evan Sawdey gives his personal take on the familiar tale of first musical love, explaining how stumbling across the work of under-the-radar musician J.Ralph opened up new doors into a consciousness of music's capabilities.

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Business is Still Good: Inside Megadeth’s Warchest

With 11 studio albums behind them, including the very good United Abominations this past summer, Megadeth's sound has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget just how unique they sounded when they started making waves in the metal scene more than two decades ago.

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New Ground: An Interview with PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey talks to PopMatters about her haunting new album, learning piano by ear, limitless imagination, and why she decided to do a string of solo shows to bring White Chalk to her fans.

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26 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Unscene

Is it possible to make pop music without concern that it's popular? A look at paradoxes of home recording.

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A Constant Questioning: An Interview with Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown

The key member of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade matches his ambition with his humility. And his coffee.

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20 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Big Brass at the Disco

Shantel has accomplished the most daunting task imaginable in this genre: making an accessible pop record with tubas, trumpets and dumbeks, and our response remains among the greatest of human pleasures: we dance.

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The Cost of Freedom: The Rascals’ Struggle for Change

In 1967-68, The Rascals were on top of the pop charts. So they decided to use their power to take a stand on Civil Rights. That’s when the problems started.

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Various Artists: The Brit Box

Tracing the evolution of UK alt-pop from just after new wave died, through the Britpop explosion, and ending right before Coldplay emerged, this four-disc box set is both an excellent survey and a very well sequenced mix.

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Too Young to Let Go: Jay-Z, Medicare, and You

Jay-Z's evolution into the bridge between hip-hop and mainstream popular culture has been a long one, but his nostalgic turn worked to make him a figure whose mythos will likely endure into the old age of a generation.

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Standing Under Stars: An Interview with Rahsaan Patterson

The innovative soul stylist tested the concept of God and what did he find? Patterson talks to PopMatters.

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15 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

Pop Goes Twang: The Best of the Americana Music Festival 2007

PopMatters attended the 8th annual Americana Music Festival in Nashville. We offer our hard-to-pare-down picks of the best Americana had to offer this year.

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14 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

A Laughing Dilemma, Revealed

Jazz and its fans have grown all too serious. The genre could use a clown prince or two.

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Deadly Packaging: The Cover Art of No Limit Records

If any one visual movement did justice to the absurd, untenable profitability of that dot-com windfall, it was the striking art of No Limit Records, the apex and nadir of commercial hip-hop thuggery.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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