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Sister Rosetta Tharpe got rock rolling long before Elvis

The late, great Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a one-of-a-kind pioneer of 20th-century American music.

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25 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Now Hear This: Patrick Wolf [London]

Flamboyant, extravagant, even audacious, Patrick Wolf's public image may have garnered him some notoriety, but it's his skill with songcraft that has won him praise. Now Wolf stands poised to tackle the mainstream with his forthcoming The Magic Position.

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22 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

MacGuffin Pop

Randy Newman's latest Academy Award nomination makes it easy to forget how truly deceptive his songwriting really is. His music, which rarely wanders far from New Orleans R&B, ragtime, or Brill Building pop, is the stuff of familiarity and comfort, an unassuming foundation of Americana into which subversive (confrontational, even) ideas can be planted.

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22 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

Beats and Geeks

White rappers merge the worlds of hip-hop and computers in an underground scene called 'nerdcore'.

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22 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

Not-So-Strange Noodling

The Crusaders' jazzy soul conjured images of a cool neon wilderness populated with hop-heads, pool-hall hustlers, and midnight cornerboys straight out of Nelson Algren.

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Pretty Surfaces, Sharp Edges: An Interview With Wet Confetti

Wet Confetti's Alberta Poon fronts a three-person band that's drawing comparisons to Delta 5, X-Ray Spex, and the Au Pairs. Funny, though, she says she and her two band-mates never heard of post-punk until after they started making music.

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20 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

Dixie-chicked

Introducing the Chicks' Grammys performance, Joan Baez called them "three brave women who are still 'not ready to make nice.'" It may be the long way, but it's the right way too.

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19 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Bright Eyes: In Defense of Preciousness

Despite all the self-absorption, and directly in spite of criticisms about the brittle timber of Conor Oberst's much commented on voice, Feldman lays her love for Bright Eyes out in public to defend the mysterious power of the hope that slips through the cracks in Bright Eyes' usually gloomy demeanor.

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From Love Songs to the Fake Mafia: An Interview with the Queers

After 25 years, Joe Queer has opinions on sex, death, and, more important, punk, but he knows to keep it all in perspective with a sense of humor.

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The Redemption of Daphne Rubin-Vega

On her new album, Redemption Songs, Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega provides the antidote to the 24-hour cycle of bad news that framed our worldview in 2006, a collection of songs that stirs the soul and feeds the spirit.

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Electric Light Orchestra: Too Much at Once Can Blow the Fuse

Alone, ELO's pop mini-symphonies are perfect confections that captivate with their careful sonic details and ear-pleasing melodies and hooks.

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Love and Frogs: Dating John Waters

The unique filmmaker talks about his sweet compilation, his extreme romantic tastes, and the definitive way to divorce.

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13 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

A Culture’s Sad Finale?

It won't be long now -- maybe just months -- before we know if the glorious swamp culture of New Orleans has been washed away for good.

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12 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

Moping Around

Whether it comes through teenage rebellion, alienation, or heavy drug use, chronic music appreciation is not typically a choice made due to a desire for group participation; it's more often about wanting or needing to separate oneself.

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11 Feb 2007 // 7:59 PM

Dirty Faces

Grimy, blue-collar rock and roll... or is it? Dirty Faces' Get Right with God would be the most intense and powerful straight rock record of the year. That is, if it really were a straight rock record.

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Young Machetes and Mere Motion

The Blood Brothers fight dreams with nightmares: unicorns with tar teeth, witches with obscene riches, and carnival graveyards.

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7 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

All Stones Unturned

PopMatters hunts for gems in the Rolling Stones' unreleased 1960s recordings.

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It Always Rains in Their California: An Interview With Menomena

From perilous weather to zealous computer-lovers to instrumental dance accompaniments, the band persists.

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5 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Welcome to Helluary

Begrand finds refuge from a taxing winter in some of the best metal releases of the still-young year, including a highly twisted album from his neck of the Canadian prairies.

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5 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Fountains of Pain

Why does a band so gifted at crafting pleasing pop feel the need to lash out at losers and demand we chortle at half-baked stereotypes?

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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