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R.I.P. Smooth Jazz, 1985-2008?

With two of the US' major "smooth jazz" radio stations defunct to the fickleness of format change, the time to mourn the cheesy sub-genre is now. But what made Smooth Jazz not really jazz at all?

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13 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Women of the (Music) World

There is little in this world as beautiful as the female voice. Sometimes it’s necessary to stop and remind ourselves of this.

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13 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Festival Nation: Avoiding the Post-Modern Buzzkill

As we near the summer music festival season, throngs of sunblock-wielding concertgoers prepare to once again brave hot temperatures and crowded venues. PopMatters sifts through the myriad happenings to offer a primer for the summer.

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Time

Hip-hop fights haters, record labels, rival emcees, and even the law. Time, however, has proven to be a formidable opponent.

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Survival of the Fittest: The Hard Country of John Anderson

Anderson is a distinctive country music artist whose ample, if intermittent, hits have not given him the hallowed stature or name recognition of many of his contemporaries.

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1977: The Year Decency Died - Part I

"I loathe and detest everything they stand for and look like. They are obnoxious, obscene and disgusting."

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8 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

A Love Inseparable from False Hope

Anxious as the first time we saw him live, grateful for his fragile presence, we come to terms with Morrissey and perpetual disappointment.

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2 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Live Fast, Die Young, or Get Off the Stage

Why wouldn't they burn out instead of fade away? Berman examines the sad spectacle of punk-rock reunions and shows how they destroy the two elements that actually made punk attractive: sex appeal and impermanence.

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Soulja Boy: In Loco Parentis

As the genre collects some long-term history, hip-hop is starting to suffer from an age-confusion issue, embodied nowhere better than in the self-made teen sensation Soulja Boy.

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31 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

It Ain’t No Joke

Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously.

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30 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Hold Steady: Dreaming of a Unified Scene

Parties, pills, and power chords -- the Hold Steady has it all. But is it enough to make indie rock fun again?

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The Lemonheads: It’s A Shame About Ray: Collector’s Edition

This 1992 classic, a commercial smash and artistic peak for the Lemonheads, wants another bit part in your life. A walk-on would be fine.

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Youngblood Brass Band: Center:Level:Roar

As a new generation continues to reshape traditional ensembles from big band to chamber and play it punk by adopting pop, it's useful to go back and marvel at one of the albums that truly innovated in this new-jack band geek era.

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TV Commercials: the New, Nonstop Playlist

TV commercials have become a legitimate source for discovering new music -- from Wilco on the Volkswagen ads, to Cat Power hawking DeBeers diamonds, to any number of artists pimping Apple.

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“You Can Only Sweat or Spit or Kick So Many People”: An Interview with Colin Meloy

The Decemberist explains the virtues of cover songs, the senselessness of going solo, and that he's saving the crazy stuff for later.

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23 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Funk’s Death Trip

But for a brief moment in the early '70s, a band captured the odor of the age, the stench of death and corruption, the weary exhalation of America at its lowest. And it smelled very, very funky.

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20 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Anger With Stoic Dignity

Protest music can go one of three ways: angry, storytelling, or communal. Sowing the Seeds is communal, meant to shore up the spirits of people who are locked together, arm-in-arm, to fight for a common cause.

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Shining in its Evil Splendor

PopMatters' Adrien Begrand talks with Tomas Haake about Meshuggah's State of obZen.

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Pretty Much a Rock Band: An Interview with Kinski

Kinski guitarist Chris Martin says he'll never be nervous again after the summer's last-minute, arena-sized tour with Tool. His Seattle four-piece may be the only band ever to open for Tool and record a split with Acid Mothers Temple.

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17 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Classical Egypt in America

By shining the light on the vast, rich cultures of the Middle East, these musicians are bringing misconceptions and misunderstandings out of the darkness of the past, not to mention the dark corners of our present.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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