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You’ve Gotta Have Faith—And Know Your History

'To my mind, in the songs that I have loved growing up, it tends to always be about a hook and a melody and a hook and a melody, and somebody is constantly taking your attention. I really think great recorded singles are like that. You are never given a chance to get distracted by anything. You're constantly pulled in a direction by something going on in the song.'

The Forgotten NYC Band: An Interview with Interpol

It figures that in their recent profile of New York's 'coolest' bands, Rolling Stone missed the city's best. Interpol has been playing the live circuit for a couple of years and yet somehow they've managed to stay relatively under the radar the entire time.

Rapping is Good Therapy: Interview with Ice Cube

The music legends talks to PopMatters about hip-hop in culture, sports brawls and his successful acting career.

Redefining a Genre: A Conversation with Ice Age

Ice Age has created an album that pushes the envelope of progressive rock and could possibly be hailed as one of the most significant releases the genre has seen in the past decade.

B-Boys Will Be Boys: An Interview With Byron Hurt

The documentary filmmaker takes on some of hip-hop's untouchable subjects, but he knows it might be a small part of a large struggle.

Cursed with a Tinge of Honesty

Ian Hunter touches the early Hoople days through the current days of string.

Hot Hot Heat Heating Up

Seamlessly blending the cool and the terminally unhip, Hot Hot Heat juggles The Cars, Prince, and the jittery post-punk of Gang of Four and Wire.

Intersections of Musical Directions: An Interview with Keyboard Great Bruce Hornsby

Hornsby looks back on 20 years performing, considering Russian spies, great flukes, and remarkable collaborations.

Lapsed Catholics and Lost Hoodrats

Craig Finn and the Hold Steady confirm the power of classic rock as they celebrate teens, guitar solos, and Christ.

A Nerdy Rash: An Interview with the Hives

Pelle Almqvist of the Hives pretends to be calm for a few minutes.

The New Rock N’ Roll Swindle: The Hiss Attempt to Survive the British Press Blitzkrieg

Drooling praise in the British press -- once the lifeblood of any American rock band hoping to make it big in the States -- has recently morphed into something more akin to a kiss of death. Can Atlanta's The Hiss come out unscathed? PopMatters music critic Jon Garrett examines.

Kristin Hersh

Hersh started exploring her compulsive musical talents in 1982, when she formed the critically-hailed Throwing Muses, a band featuring her step-sister Tanya Donelly, who went on to do a stint with The Breeders before forming the Grammy-nominated Belly.

A Thousand Different Keys: A Lunchtime Conversation with Matthew Herbert

The electronic artists speaks about his politics, the state of sampling, and Radiohead. And he's having the duck.

A Thousand Different Keys: A Lunchtime Conversation with Matthew Herbert

The electronic artists speaks about his politics, the state of sampling, and Radiohead. And he's having the duck.

Inner Visions: An Interview with Felix of the Heiruspecs

'Hiero?' 'Heru?' Neither a crew from the Yay, or an MC based in LA, the Heiruspecs offer visions from the Midwest. Group co-founder and MC Felix lays 'em all out on the table and explains.

Tuesdays with Matt: An Interview with Heavy Trash’s Matt Verta-Ray

He likes the simple things in life: Gene Vincent, reel to reels, Chevy Novas, and Marcel Duchamp. Matt Verta-Ray puts 'em all together on his strut down memory lane, talkin' 'bout that new collaboration with Jon Spencer, Heavy Trash.

Rodney Hayden: The Real Thing

Too Country Rodney Hayden’s twangy Texas baritone and hardcore-country sound, grounded in fiddle and steel guitar, suggest years of hard living—maybe in some

Process and Substance: An Interview with Richie Hawtin

From mixing with three turntables, to granulating and recombining tracks into new shapes, to making techno mashups in 5.1 surround sound, to scoring the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Richie Hawtin has consistently pioneered how music is made.

The Most Basic of Statements: An Interview with Richard Hawley

How many musicians does it take to put in a light bulb? Englishman Richard Hawley doesn't know, but he's willing to pull the switch and illuminate the room.

Twelve Tenets By Ed Harcourt

For Harcourt, embracing the totality of life experience seems as natural as breathing.

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