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Waylon Jennings, Jukebox Hero

The Waylon Jennings boxset Nashville Rebel gives reason to consider Jennings as not just a country-music outlaw, but a Wurlitzer Prize winner, whose voice from a jukebox can erase all the pain in the world just by giving voice to it.

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Perpetual Motion: An Interview with Akron/Family

With its third album in two years Akron/Family takes another snapshot of its continuously evolving musical journey. Meek Warrior's free jazz freak outs may surprise some fans, but bass player Miles Seaton shrugs it off, saying, 'We just want to keep capturing wherever we are along the way.'

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8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Disappearing Designer: An Interview with Joan of Arc

Tim Kinsella, the musician-filmmaker- performance-poet- burlesque dancer behind Joan of Arc claims an irony-free zone while explaining his process of unintentional creation. PopMatters giggles nervously.

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Blind Guardian’s Twisted Myths

For Hansi Kürsch, lead singer of Germany's Blind Guardian, there's no Justin Hawkins flash, no DragonForce pub chants, no hipster-pandering irony. If he's going to sing about faeries and orcs, he's going to do so and mean every damned outlandish lyric.

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In for the Long Haul: An Interview with The Long Winters’ John Roderick

The singer-songwriter discusses fame, failure, and frequent flier miles, and explains why he's glad it took him this long to get this far.

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When Monkeying Around Becomes Serious Business

More of the Monkees lingered at number one on the Billboard chart for 18 weeks in 1967, later confirmed as the third best-selling LP of the '60s (a higher ranking than any Beatles album), and by some measures the 12th best-selling of all time.

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Unsung Heroes: The Band of Extraordinary Women

Huff fantasizes about wielding Diddy-like power to create a supergroup of underrated, under-the-radar female musicians. Danity Kane, eat your heart out.

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Sugar Hill Records: 25 Years and Going Strong

Sugar Hill's early recordings possessed an aural purity that met people's hunger for authenticity and also seemed fresh and new. There was something honest about the sounds of the banjo, dobro, fiddle, and mandolin, and the way they mixed together.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gaining on the Green Man: A Road Odyssey in Four Acts

In an epic cross-hemisphere trek, writer Ben Oswest treads the long road between Cape Town and Wales to consummate a 13-year, 20,000-mile long-distance love affair with the Silver Jews.

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26 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

It Shall Be Released

Rubenstein looks back at the release of a number of highly anticipated albums to contrast his opinions then and now. How much does personal expectation factor into our ultimate enjoyment of music?

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Weather Report: Partly Sunny, Then Showers—Looking Back on the Fusion Supergroup

A new box set encapsulating the jazz group's career causes our jazz critic to reassess his love-hate relationship with Weather Report.

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Songs of Faith and Struggle: An Interview with Wovenhand

Wovenhand's David Eugene Edwards tells PopMatters about his bleak view of humanity, his love of outsized percussion, his fascination with traditional music, and the difficulties of being a devout Christian in the rock world.

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Found Genres #2: The Soundtrack to Satan’s Life

Not the demonic metal that pleads for the Dark Lord's favor but genuinely tormented music suitable for clearing all but the truly damned from a party.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Wild Abandon

It may seem quaint now, even after punk's scorched-earth campaign, to think of '50s rockabilly as a danger to Western Civilization, especially in light of pop culture's rampant envelope-pushing since then. But a closer inspection would make even the seen-it-all cynics take pause.

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The Dogg, The Doctor, & Death Row

By consistently giving us addictive beats and hot lyrics, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have had an undeniable influence on the world of rhyme. This is dedicated to the rapper and the producer who were down from Day One.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Indie-Rock Stripes

Through tour tribulations and member reconfigurations, San Francisco band Film School has endured.

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kill Hannah

Chicago's hometown modern rock heroes are starting to get some play outside the Windy City, proving that dedication and hard work pays off. And if the same devotion that they've generated in local fans can be instilled in new audiences, then the brand extension is likely to blossom following a new album and tour.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Souvenir

Back in the days before VCRs and sell-through VHS/DVD titles, a soundtrack was your only tactile souvenir of any entertainment experience. Certainly, you had your memories, and the emotions created or considered via the film, television show, or musical in question, but the only real way to relive the moment -- at least in your mind -- was to trot on down to your local record store and pick up the official companion LP.

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How Cigarettes Killed My Youth, and The Killers Made Sure It Was Dead

A requiem for Toronto's Dance Cave, emblematic of underage dance nights everywhere, and the dark 1980s dance music entombed there.

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14 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Casey Kessel

An independent artist in the truest sense of the word, Casey Kessel may call Nashville her home, but she writes and performs country music on her own terms and at her own expense. Capturing the details of life in powerfully touching songs, Kessel's talents may only currently find their way to public ears in the mouths of others, but odds are that situation won't last long.

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Can Video Game Mechanics Be “Trashy”?

// Moving Pixels

"Speed is the pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

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