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Still Howling: An Interview With Neil Michael Hagerty

From the diesel-fueled abandon of Pussy Galore through the trance inducing blues-rock of Royal Trux to Howling Hex, Neil Michael Hagerty has plumbed the mind-changing properties of psychedelic repetition.

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From Boogie Down to Tinseltown

Rappers in showbiz: Did hip-hop land on Hollywood or did Hollywood land on us? For those in 'the land', some of the 4,079 hip-hop laws of crossing-over.

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Journey to the Core of Chaka Khan: The Interview

On the eve of Funk This, Chaka Khan raps with PopMatters on Joni, Jimi, and her "super life" journey.

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Notes from the Underground: An Interview with Viva Voce

Husband and wife team duo Viva Voce aren’t the new White Stripes. No one in this family will be writing songs for Coca Cola any time soon.

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Flower Power: Stepping Back From the Past

After years of talking about how great this music is, it's time we started actually listening to it. For example, does a song sound like the year 1968, or does it sound like Deep Purple?

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Vocal Lightning Captured in a Fragile Bottle

Fischer-Dieskau's voice carries us to that primal, first speech, that musical utterance that communicates desire, represents passion, and attempts to eradicate the barriers that separate human beings.

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The End of an Era: Hilly Kristal 1932-2007

A good guy, who gave us all a hell of a lot to be thankful for.

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30 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

New Ways to Breathe

Breathing Under Water, a collaboration between sitarist Anoushka Shankar and tablist Karsh Kale, is not only where music is going, it's where it's at.

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29 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nine to Five

Eager to re-enter the 9-5 work world, before you could even say 401(k), I was halfway to J.Crew and Banana Republic to stock up on office-friendly wear. But adapting to my colleagues' taste in music? Ah, now that's much more difficult.

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Great Expectations: An Interview with Cansei De Ser Sexy

CSS aren’t just the coolest kids on the block. They’re also among the smartest.

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All By Himself No More: An Interview With Eric Carmen

"We had banged our head on the wall long enough and said, 'This isn't going to work,'" remembers Eric Carmen, but the reunited Raspberries show that 30 years later, they're no overnight sensations.

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In a Posse’s Strength: An Interview with Tori Amos

The artist splits personae, splits her vote, and defends her shoes. Tori Amos talks to PopMatters about this and more.

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Wyndham Lewis: The Irascible Enemy

Wyndham Lewis brought a scintillating intellect to his artistic endeavors. If only we could let him loose on the majority culture of our time.

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Howard Devoto: Jerky Versions of The Dream

Erudite perspectives on the romantic dream from a shape-shifting man-insect who left punk before we knew it existed. Awkwardness has never sounded so varied, cinematic, stupid and sexual.

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Chris Letcher [London/South Africa]

South African filmmaker and songwriter Chris Letcher talks about the intersection of film soundtracks and pop, what it was like growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and how he got the sounds of a heart transplant ward onto tape.

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Foo Fighters: The Colour and the Shape

For anyone who experienced the heyday of Nirvana, it's still surreal that the lanky, string-haired drummer is the guy who'd be on magazine covers and writing #1 rock radio hits 15 years later.

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Lead By Example: A New Dawn With Sixx: A.M.

More than a mere memoir and corresponding album, The Heroin Diaries, the latest project from Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, is a graphic exploration into the mind of a man losing his battle with himself.

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Margie Joseph Reclaims Her Soul: The Interview

Atlantic Records matched one of the most soulful female vocalists of the '70s with one of the all-time greatest producers. Three decades later, why is Margie Joseph not singing all the way to the bank?

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Let’s Get Ready to Mumble: An Interview with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are back. And we still have to lean in to hear what they’re saying.

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16 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Reflections: Motown in 1967

The latest installment in Hip-O Select's impressive reissue series, The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 7: 1967 collects every A-side and B-side released that year, including planned and deleted singles, as well as alternate and promotional mixes -- 120 tracks in all.

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The Eye of Lenzi: "Gang War in Milan" and "Spasmo"

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"Two wide and handsome Italian thrillers of the 1970s.

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