Recent Features
Roll Over, Courtesy of Beethoven

Bedtime Beats is a mega-mellow classical music CD designed to put listeners to sleep. Sound boring? Well, that’s the point. Here, a look at the science behind soporific sounds.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Desert Trance

These are the sort of flowers that bloom in the Sahara Desert: thumb pianos, distorted amps, muddy blues, and traditional chants.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Red Wine and a Frozen Hand: An Interview with Emily Haines

Emily Haines goes solo, but she doesn't leave her friends behind. It seems like she likes people.

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Concept Albums Are Once Again in Vogue in the Digital Age

At a time when we're led to believe iTunes and file swapping will eventually bring about the death of the album, why is it that more and more artists seem to be bucking that system by releasing lengthy works that demand prolonged attention?

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Racism Killed Rock: Part I

I believe to my soul that a blue man can sing the whites; that when the Big Music is rocked epically by a musician who feels/claims it as birthright, he or she will render ethno-cultural-lingual-racial barriers moot every damn time.

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5 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Shoebox Electronics

Eschewing gentle, ambient electronics for disruptive, non-musical noise, these albums turn the intimacy of bedroom folk against itself.

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Who Owns What?: Engaging the Fog of Hip-Hop

How do the "artist" and "critic" reconcile each other's presence? How literally must one walk this way in order to talk that way?

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4 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

King of Techno: An Interview with Laurent Garnier

The DJ understands the need for telling a story and making a statement. With his live sets, a new release, a radio station, and a book, he's finding plenty of opportunity to do so.

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Music lovers mourn ‘whole universe’ of jazz history destroyed in Katrina

As New Orleans struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, one of the great casualties of the storm is starting to emerge: the loss of the documents and ephemera that chronicled New Orleans' distinctive musical life.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Harold Bloom and Hardcore

Hardcore punk has sought to reject inevitable impact of influence, regarding it as sellout conformity. But anxiety over influence conforms with a longstanding poetic tradition of rejecting artistic heritage.

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This is the Radio’s Clash - The Singles Box Set

Audacious, angry and all-encompassing, the music of The Clash transcended categorization to represent the best of British punk. But they were much more than some simple, three chord thrash, as a new box set focusing exclusively on their 45rpm single output proves.

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Coming Soon: Tori Amos, A Collection of Collections

Tori Amos is a fascinating person and she will always be, among other things, the classically trained pianist who rebelled against her preacher father; sought inspiration from witch doctors and their drugs; made zany, unmediated statements in interviews; and proved that pianos are as liberating as guitars.

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Metheny / Mehldau—On the Record

With the release of their first collaboration, jazz musicians Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau talk to PopMatters.

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The Art of Everyday Living

This American Life is the best thing on radio. In fact, This American Life might be the best reason to even own a radio.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jock Jams

I'm getting giddy imagining Chuck Klosterman and Cam'ron having a two-minute bull session on the Who's return to relevance, or, better yet, figuring out a logical way to deal with Lil' Kim.

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Magnificently Not Defeated: An Interview with Jay Bennett

As a songwriter, musician, and producer, Jay Bennett has every right to be who we think he is. But he isn't.

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Five Really Strange People: An Interview with TV on the Radio

As the band delivers its best record yet, at least one member wonders if there's something more to do.

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CBGB’s and New York: “Thank You & To Hell With Nostalgia”

Leaving little but ashes in New York, the CBGB 'phoenix' may rise, again, like it or not... in the desert.

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How Solomon Burke Got to Nashville

Few artists can attest to recording an album in eight days but Solomon Burke is unlike other artists. He's not just the "King of Rock and Soul", he's also a singer who's still learning how to perfect his craft, with a passion that fuels boundless creativity.

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16 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Thank You for Talkin’ to Me Africa

Three globally successful African hip-hop artists are spreading the word about change on a continent that is often overlooked.

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//Mixed media

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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