Recent Features

27 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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25 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

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 // 1:00 AM

Indie-Rock Stripes

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

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19 Sep 2006 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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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A Little All Over the Place

Matt Joynt of Anathallo talks about the band's unusual journey to its finest work to date, Floating World.

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An Overheard Conversation Concerning Musical Taste

'But who determines the criteria by which one determines if something is well formed?' A debate of taste rages in a small field outside Maryland.

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Crüe’d and Tattüe’d

After catching nearly a dozen live dates, PopMatters' Adam Williams explores the rising ranks of a new class of Crüehead.

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The Little Ones

With an EP called Sing Song, the Little Ones capture the sweet/sad, just beginning and already wistfully nostalgic vibe of perfect power pop. Frontman Ed Reyes talks about his journey from emo Sunday's Best to the hand-clapped, euphorically harmonized Little Ones... and his less-than-rockstar penchant for early rising.

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6 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

Notes from Underground

Begrand hits the traveling metal show Sounds of the Underground for nine hours of mayhem, moshing, and merch. And though this town's put the kibosh on mosh, there's plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from Metallica wannabes to papier-mâché phalluses.

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The Big O: Beyond the Dark Glasses

Expanded reissues of the pivotal first three LPs recorded by Roy Orbison for Monument Records provides an insightful reminder of a true musical pioneer.

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31 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

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31 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

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Trouser Snakes on a Tour Plane: A Long Journey with Journey

Love or loathe them, Journey's songs are etched into our collective subconscious, and deeper than most of us would like to admit.

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