Recent Features
Party Train: The Gap Band Story

Bringing the heat and creating refrains that still haunt brokenhearted romancers to this day, the Gap Band's potent mixture of party and pain was stunning.

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Delayed Attraction: An Interview with French Kicks

With an increasingly layered and intricate sound, New York's French Kicks take some time to get used to.

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Please Call It a Comeback

That scene in Superman III, with the boy yelling words of encouragement to the struggling protagonist? That's how I feel when I think of Lauryn Hill.

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From the Mop-Top to the Walrus: Some Funny Sides of the Beatles

Manifested in child-centered humor, the Beatles offered candy for the kids, tapped into the regressive escapist instincts of the arrested adolescents of the hippy subculture, and offered "seemingly" unthreatening fare for adults.

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Other Observations: Panel, Film, and Random Bric-a-Brac—Day 1: 31 October 2006

CMJ 2006’s industry offerings hit the ground running on Tuesday, ringing in Halloween with the foul-mouthed Chuck D and Janeane Garofalo, a serious song analysis

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2 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

CMJ 2006 Artist Showcases: Day 1, 31 October 2006

Under the blood-red moon of All Hallows Eve, thousands of musicians, industry vets, and frantic fans wandered the New York City streets like zombies, bound

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New Adventures in Antiquity

A new box set commemorating a series of tribute concerts for Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music puts inherited eccentricities center-stage that probe the rift between artifice and authenticity.

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A Reluctant ‘Jazz’ Hero: An Interview with Trumpeter, Composer, and Arranger Steven Bernstein

The prolific trumpeter talks shirking musical definitions, finding challenging middle ground between 'fake jazz' and 'real musicianship', touring with They Might Be Giants, and turning down Jay-Z.

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Beyond Black: Rethinking Goth

The question of "What is goth?" and the contents of this set will put the spotlight not on the song selection, but on the ridiculousness of genre labels.

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The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul

Having worked for years in a hinterland between obscurity and popularity, Andy Partridge has finally hit the fulcrum as he's gained his artistic freedom, and recognition of his band XTC's influence on pop history has suddenly blossomed.

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Radio Birdman Does the Pop Again: An Interview

After 20 years of hiatus and 10 of Australia-only dates, the legendary Radio Birdman is finally touring the US. PopMatters talks to Deniz Tek and Rob Younger about the early days at Sydney's Fun House, their frustrated first run at a US audience, their 1996 reunion, and the confluence of factors that resulted in a new album and a full-scale trek through America.

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Cathartic Nights and Sunny Days: An Interview with Jeremy Enigk

For Enigk, the singer-songwriter behind Sunny Day Real Estate and the Fire Theft, creative inspiration strikes when most others are asleep.

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Celtic Soul Rebel: Talking to the Dentist About Poetry

Shane MacGowan recorded five albums with the Pogues. As the reformed band sets out on its most ambitious tour since 1991, and Rhino Records releases expanded and remastered versions of all five, we take the opportunity to review the rise and fall of the Pogues.

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His Vinyl Weighs a Ton: An Interview with Cut Chemist

Owner of over 30,000 records, staunch defender of Star Wars, and composer of a new solo album, Cut Chemist brings the fun(k).

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Bad Riddance to Good Rubbish: A Sort-of Tribute to CBGB’s

New York's punk club doors are wrenched closed to the sound of metal scraping on concrete. Phillips gives a hurt-so-good account of one of its final shows with Bad Brains.

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Ready for Primetime: An Interview With Go Set Go’s Mike TV

"The kind of people that seem to gravitate towards our music kind of get the humor and get the fact that, while it's humorous, it's also kind of deadly serious."

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“My Tastes Don’t Evolve; They Broaden”: An Interview with Robert Christgau

At a transitional moment in his career, one of pop music's best-known and most-respected critics talks about the changes in culture, academia, and journalism.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Triumph of Musical Tourists

Under the name Beirut, Zach Condon released an album of Balkan-style songs he recorded in his bedroom and became an Internet-driven sensation. Though his music gestures nostalgically toward a gypsy old world, Condon’s casual appropriations suggest something much grimmer for the future.

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Just Making Records: An Interview with Portastatic

Mac McCaughan creates string charts and listens to tropicalia while running Merge Records, and he doesn't mind if you haven't listened to Superchunk.

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The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 1)

In Bergman's films, Bach's music functions to give access to a rarified atmosphere of revelation and emotional depth; it reveals something previously inaccessible within a character.

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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