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Finger-Picked Blues and Never-Ending Sine Waves

Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny talks about the acoustic blues, raw psyche, and transfiguring rivers that shaped his new album The Sun Awakens.


The Siren Interviews

VHS or Beta's Mark Palgy feels good to not have to be all business.


The Siren Interviews

Mates of State go from inception to conception (and beyond).


The Siren Interviews

Ambulance LTD's Darren Beckett just wants a free hat and a new album.


The Siren Interviews

We gave our correspondent Eddie Ciminelli a tough job for the Siren Music Festival on July 16 in Coney Island. We asked him spend a day in the sun listening to music and drinking free beer. And, oh yeah, if you come across any bands, say hi to them for us. Amid the festivities, Eddie managed to sit down with three of the festival's more engaging acts -- pop duo Mates of State, dance-rockers VHS or Beta, and Brooklyn's own Ambulance LTD -- as they take a deep breath (and some swag) from the festival.


Thick-Skinned: An Interview with Ashlee Simpson

Here's a shocker -- Ashlee Simpson is lovely. She spoke to PopMatters recently about critics, Chrissie Hynde, and finding solace in the arms of friends.


From a Texaco Sign: An Interview with Silver Jews

The Silver Jews' David Berman on secret tapes and a mission from God.


Howling and Shouting at Lazy Journalists and North America

Shout Out Louds singer Adam Olenius uses his inside voice.


Score One for David, Zero for Goliath

Michelle Shocked does it her way, and if she wants a threesome, you won't stop her.


The Shins

Throughout my conversation with John Paul Jones, one word kept popping up again and again: 'freedom'.


Michael J. Sheehy

'I think I'd have to be a pretty fucked-up guy if my lyrics were completely autobiographical'.


Songs from the Family

Billie Joe Shaver: ''Good Ol' USA' is not a fight song, and I want things to get back like they were when little kids over in other countries, that's what they dream about is coming to the United States. And I want people to know that this is still a beautiful place full of beautiful, kind people.'


Steve Jones on Swindle and Swindling

The former Sex Pistol still shoots from lip, even if he likes Journey now.


John Scofield Talks

John Scofield Talks John Scofield took time out of his hectic tour schedule to talk with PopMatters about taking chances, democracy, and the love of


American Teenage Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine

The Schoolyard Heroes are like a serial killer party thrown at an evil Rushmore. And, apparently, they're tight. Like a tiger.


Play It Again, Sham!

America has been an intimidating and exhilarating place for the Emerald Isle's kings of anthem rock.


Saturnine

For years, has been entertaining crowds on the indie circuit.


Henry Sapoznik producer of Sony Legacy’s historic klezmer titles and the Yiddish Radio Project

Sapoznik is a Grammy-nominated producer-performer of historical and new recordings of Yiddish instrumental and vocal music, and a consultant on numerous documentary films.


The Sadies Come Out in Front

Toronto's Sadies have backed up rock and alt.country's best-known acts -- everyone from Neko Case to Jon Langford to Jon Spencer -- but for two nights in February 2006, this lanky, hyper-skilled musical outfit took center stage at Lee's Palace, recruited 27 friends and admirers, and recorded the live album of the decade.


Throw Away That Old Cliché

Todd Rundgren reflects on a new tour and the same old industry.


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