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Sunday, January 1 1995

“I Want It to Have Edges”: An Interview with Pinback’s Zach Smith

Zach Smith's excited about his band, his other band, his friend's band, his label...

Get Old or Die Trying: An Interview with Piebald

Travis Shettel of Piebald has lived through it all: comeback albums, tattoos, straight edge, surgery on his vocal cords... but can he survive emo?

The Process of Pop Music, Poetry, and the Smiths with Joe Pernice

The songwriter stops his excessive work to talk about klezmer and sex.

Look on the Bright Side: An Interview With Pedro the Lion

Better living through somber music? PopMatters' Rebecca Onion on the sunnier side of Pedro the Lion's brooder, Dave Bazan.

From Mookie Blaylock to Pearl Jam: The Matt Cameron Interview

Drummer Matt Cameron tells PopMatters about his years at the center of the Pearl Jam maelstrom.

Violence, Hope, and Pseudonyms

Henning Pauly won't beat you up, but he doesn't pull any punches when he comes to defending himself.

Interview with Les Paul

Les Paul is 87 years old, but you wouldn’t know it to hear his jovial, optimistic voice on the phone. A jazz prodigy from Wisconsin,

Frightening Intensity, Damaged Beauty: An Interview with the pAper chAse

In a revealing conversation, John Congleton talks about fear, ambiguity, imperfect beauty, aging, and German postcard art... just don't ask him about 'emo'.

An Interview with Robert Palmer

As a vagary of public memory, Palmer's more obvious 'one hit song' (all right, then, 'two hit songs') threatened to eclipse forever the fairly respectable body of work that proceeded or any that might follow.

California Man

Living a dual-life is a bit of a balancing act for Allen Clapp, leader of summer pop specialists the Orange Peels.

Thomas Flowers of Oleander

The vocalist sat down to discuss not only 'Joyride', but the music business in general, watching your peers gain success and how artists use the war for financial gain.

The Black Sheep Boys Have Arrived

Okkervil River's Will Sheff might be more petty thief than serial killer, but don't think there's nothing dark lurking.

Rocking the Paisley Three-Piece Suit

OK Go discusses their new album, whirlyball, and gambling on fans' affection.

Not Totally Innocuous

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes negotiates phone mishaps and dismissive critics and still sounds like the happy twin.

My Backyard: An Interview With Nora O’Connor

The Chicago country singer explains the origins of her new record.

Behind the Show Behind the Music

The O.C.'s Alexandra Patsavas explains how music gets from her ears to your screen.

Everybody Likes TV: An Interview with TV Party Host Glenn O’Brien

PopMatters talks with NYC rennassaince man Glenn O'Brien about Warhol, Basquiat, Italian financiers, and getting TV on the mayoral ballot.

Next Phase, New Wave, or Still Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Nouvelle Vague combines periods and geography in its album of covers.

Ritual Improvisation: An Interview with No-Neck Blues Band

A member of the No-Neck Blues Band makes a rare foray into public conversation.

Understanding and Ability

talk to her for little while and she'll set about disproving it all on her own.

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