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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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“Acufunkture” Revisited: An Interview with Nile Rodgers

Record Mirror called Debbie Harry's KooKoo "riveting". Smash Hits called it "dull". PopMatters speaks with the man behind a notoriously misunderstood album and why listeners didn't even remove the shrink-wrap.

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Get Ready for Her Sexy Battle: An Interview with Deborah Harry

The doyenne of New York's downtown scene gets "dirty and deep" with her fifth solo album. Harry talks to PopMatters and we offer a guide to her solo years.

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Bachata: Generations Apart and Together

Bachata grew up in the barrio. Servants would turn trashcans and fences into instruments in their nighttime escapades, and the words would tune hearts to a frequency unheard during daytime hours.

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The Bull of Phalaris, or the Ambiguity of Musical Violence

By working directly on the body, music as a whole has access to a form of violence that far outstrips the petty accusations foisted upon certain of its constituent parts, such as hard rock and rap.

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Sun and Air: An Interview with Anneke van Giersbergen and Krystoffer “Garm” Rygg

Van Giersbergen and Rygg's core audiences remain on the metal side, proof that no matter how diverse your music becomes, your old metal fans will still stubbornly cling to you like barnacles to a creaky hull.

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A Crash Course in Heavy Metal for Neophyte Heshers

If ever there was a genre anthology just begging to be picked apart and criticized by obsessive fans, it’s a metal collection; Rhino's The Heavy Metal Box, an introduction to the music circa 1968-91, gets its share of disassembling, here.

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Losing California

After the Mamas and the Papas, unheralded songwriter John Phillips released one perfect solo album before disintegrating into addiction and self-recrimination.

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3 Oct 2007 // 10:00 PM

Yuri Lane [Chicago]

Lights go up onstage revealing one man. The bass drum lays down the initial beat. A boom, chick, boom-boom, chick, punctuated by an explosive blow to the crash cymbal. It’s an orgy of percussion, and it's all coming from a single mouth.

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Fire Engines: Hungry Beat

Cowbell-crazed, no-wave noised, robot-funk grooves from the short-lived Scottish band best known for inspiring Franz Ferdinand. Even the most cursory listen provides that they were much, much more interesting than that.

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1 Oct 2007 // 10:00 PM

Season of the Tribe

A Tribe Called Quest's standout recognition among the glitterati at the VH1 Awards could be viewed as a subtle reminder that hip-hop does not adhere to a static definition, nor is it beholden to a single (commercial) goal.

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C’mon Over and Let’s Make a Record: An Interview with Devendra Banhart

How the pied piper of psych folk and his ever growing band of followers holed up in a Topanga Canyon house, broke out a boxload of exotic instruments and kicked out the jams of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.

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The Affectionate Parodies and Ironic Diss-Positions of Ween

Shock-humor abounds across Ween’s work, and dumb infantilism is worn as a badge of honor.

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So Said the Lighthouse Keepers

When Klaatu debuted in the '70s no one knew who they were. Then suddenly everyone thought they were the Beatles reunited. And then came the backlash.

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26 Sep 2007 // 10:00 PM

Spontaneous and Passionate Invention

Ornette Coleman's free jazz was an American variant on the means and methods of Europe's Situationists.

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She’s Here Again: An Interview With Thelma Houston

Nearly two decades after her last album, Thelma Houston answers the inevitable question: "Where has she been?"

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23 Sep 2007 // 10:00 PM

Passport to the Future

Once you get past the initial groove that Manu Chao lays, and become accustomed to his fast-paced nature, you recognize a passionate soul as devoted to music as he is to political and social justice.

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Goodbye Guitar Town: An Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle might be quieting down, but he still has plenty to say. PopMatters talks with Earle about his new album, New York and much more.

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The Mysterious Mr Wheeler: An Interview with Ash

He's spearheaded one of Britain’s greatest bands for over a decade. So why can’t we figure out what makes Ash’s Tim Wheeler special?

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The Exact Wrong Person: An Interview with Michelle Shocked

Michelle Shocked attempts to meld her politics, her religion, and her art while taking the scorn and criticism.

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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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