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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Everything Is Permitted

"People have sent me college term papers that they've written about my stuff, which I think is funny because I didn't graduate from college. I guess I must be doing something right if people are connecting to it." Begrand talks with Pig Destroyer's JR Hayes about writing and recording the band's new album, Phantom Limb.

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Relinquishing This World of Brutal Music: An Interview With Jesu’s Justin Broadrick

While still in his teens, Justin Broadrick pioneered grindcore in Napalm Death, and later, with Godflesh, extended the range of antagonistic volume. Now with the gorgeous soundscapes of Jesu, Broadrick says, "I really need to explore melody in an all-out way."

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14 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Cinematic Orchestra [London]

The Cinematic Orchestra's rapid evolution as one of the strongest forces standing on the wall between jazz and electronic music is even more idiosyncratic in that the band has also been steadily reducing the concoction until it's reached a crackling, steady simmer.

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12 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Going Balloon: An Interview with Forro in the Dark

Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark chats with PopMatters about music, keeping his cool, and Brazilian cooking.

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Closer, Still: Reflections on Joy Division

To some, Joy Division's music is depressing. To others, who've trailed along where the music takes them, it's cathartic.

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Scud Mountain Boys: How to Burn a Silo

Matthew Fiander rediscovers the Scud Mountain Boys with his own move south, and realizes that stories are rightfully entangled in their settings.

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Très Sheik: An Interview with Duncan Sheik

Songwriter Duncan Sheik talks with PopMatters about the musical Spring Awakening, nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and writing music that's relevant to a larger cultural argument.

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On Lexus, Hairapy, and the Scherzo from Beethoven’s Ninth (with a nod to Kubrick)

By making Beethoven's Ninth an image of our humanity, we have conditioned ourselves to filter out all of those elements in the music that make it a worthwhile (if troubling) listening experience.

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Magazine: A Band from Under the Floorboards

Call them post-punk, new wave, or art-rock, these remastered versions of Magazine's four studio albums reveal the Manchster quintet to be one of the best and most creative bands of their era.

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“I Don’t Have Any Regrets”: An Interview With Avril Lavigne

Lavigne balances the need to stay hands-on with the desire not to overthink while pounding out her best damn album.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Pete Doherty: Unstrung

Babyshambles? More like shambles, judging by Pete Doherty's public buffoonery and substance abuse. Yet beyond that façade lies a poet deliberately testing limits.

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31 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Sgt. Pepper at 40, from A to Z

It was 40 years ago today -- to be precise, June 1, 1967, in Britain, a day later in the former colonies of America -- that the Beatles changed the world.

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31 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Mixed Messages

I want the music I love to speak for me, but I can't control what it's going to say.

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30 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Evolution of Vintage

One of the glaring paradoxes of technological evolution is its ability to reconnect us to history. And if we know anything about human nature, it's that as we step into the future, we always look back.

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Architecture and Morality: The Wedding Present Revisited

Pop scholars frequently undervalue The Wedding Present. If the Smiths were the undeniable figurehead for the UK's thriving independent pop scene of the 1980s, then Gedge's little-band-that-could certainly inherited that mantle.

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From Breakfast in Bed to Becoming a Deadhead: An Interview With Joan Osborne

Osborne talks with PopMatters about performing with the Funk Brothers, filling the shoes of Jerry Garcia, and the sidewalk inspiration for her latest album of R&B and soul songs.

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24 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Little Punk Babies

As Evelyn McDonnell's new book illustrates, motherhood should be neither something done on the side, nor something that pushes everything else away, and it's that balance that our culture and government can be striving for.

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Redemption Song: On the Other Hand… [1988–1989]

"Music's got shit, Thatcher became God, ninety percent of the papers are right-wing and brown-nosing." -- Joe Strummer to Carol Clerk in Melody Maker interview.

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Redemption Song: Anger Was Cooler [1982-1984]

"(Joe) seemed this sad, lonely figure, confused with life, Hank Williams playing on his ghetto blaster in the background. I felt sorry for him." -- Mark Cooper, Record Mirror

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Redemption Song: Red Hand of Fate [1979]

Johnny Greene and a roadie... found a rehearsal room... (it) was at the rear of a garage, the kind of premises you might see in American gangster films as heists are planned... Here, hunkered together with no visible means of financial support, the Clash would rigorously write and rehearse the new songs that would emerge as London Calling, which time would judge one of the finest rock 'n' roll albums ever made...

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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