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The Stooges take 34 years off and become punk legends

The Stooges once made groundbreaking, life-altering music, and they paid dearly for it. Now more than three decades after they came and went, the Stooges have returned, acknowledged as legends and basking in unprecedented respect, adulation and cash.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Jamie, Take a Bow

Jamie Stewart, front man for noise-rock confessional Xiu Xiu, goes beyond therapy on his new album, The Air Force.

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5 Mar 2007 // 8:59 PM

Band of the Year: An Interview with Arcade Fire

The artistic license offered by an indie label led to the darker and more ambitious Neon Bible. It brims with arrangements that include a symphony orchestra and a choir recorded in Budapest, Hungary, and a massive church organ. "It felt sometimes like we were making a film rather than a record," Win Butler says.

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The Revolution Will Not Be in a Stadium

If the Chinese revolution has a soundtrack, it won't be the Rolling Stones' songs; especially given that their ticket prices are more than most Chinese can afford.

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28 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

Samba is the Heartbeat of Brazil

Samba, with its distinctive, floating downbeat, is a product of warm, sunny places. At its core, driven by percussion, samba has African roots, but like Brazil itself, samba is a stew of other places.

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Such Nice Boys: An Interview With Terry Six

Two years after the tragic automobile accident that killed three of his bandmates, surviving Exploding Hearts guitarist Terry Six is back with a new power pop/glam-rocking band called the Nice Boys. "I came to realize that I'm not sure I know how to do anything else but play music and write music and love music," said Six. "That's all I can do."

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26 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rumi-nating on a New Axis

The Sufi poet formerly known as Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is celebrating 800 years, and the entire spectrum of Persian culture is throwing a party.

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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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 8:59 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 // 8:59 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 // 8:59 PM


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 // 9:00 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 // 8:59 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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//Mixed media

Terror, Dolls, Madhouses: Three for the Price of Price

// Short Ends and Leader

"Three Vincent Price projects from American International.

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