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Feathers Flock Together

Eight members, multiple songwriters and dozens of instruments coalesce in one indefinable, all-natural sound for Vermont's folk collective Feathers. 'Each of us has our own philosophy of how we make music and we all get to practice it in parallel,' said Feathers' Meara O'Reilly. 'It happens to all coincide in some way.'

Far Too Jones

Sometime around midnight on March 9th, a dream of rock stardom imagined by a wide-eyed group of Raleigh musicians eight years ago will finally die.

Classy, Fiddly, and Percussive

Ethel's Mary Rowell explains how an experimental string quartet ended up in a rock show.

Mirror Man: An Interview with Alejandro Escovedo

PopMatters documents the rebirth of Alejandro Escovedo, once named Artist of the Decade by No Depression in the '90s.


No elephantine egos for this crew - the much-talked about Elefant are truly down to earth. PopMatters' Peter Joseph checks in.

Time to Practice Your Latin

Electrelane sticks to one language in breaking down life and music outside Brighton.

Leaders of a Powder Blue World: An Interview with Elbow

Elbow takes some time to show us a high-class hangout, but end up proving they've stayed grounded.

You Smell Me?: An Interview with E-40

Bay area hip-hop legend and slang encyclopedia E-40 is in the mix like Bisquick and never late like FEMA... do you smell him?

We’re All Moody Bastards: An Interview with Duran Duran’s John Taylor

Duran Duran bassist covers everything from the early singles to the current tour.

Playing Tight and Thinking Freely: Interpreting Dungen

Dungen's Gustav Ejstes on improvisation, the language barrier, power trios, and the importance of taking it easy.

Chance Meeting with Aaron Dugan

The Matisyahu guitarist talks about working in the studio with Bill Laswell and finding his style in New York's jazz scene.

Putting Your Foot in a Hole in the Snow

'A lot of tension in Faulkner's novels emerges from a conflict between trying to make time do what you want it to, trying to force time to do what you want it to because allowing it to pass on its own feels really disastrous and scary. I can relate to that on an emotional level. I think that's almost infantile -- not in a derisive way. That's how people grow up, in a way, is to realize that you don't have to have control over things and you have to just let them be.'

Just Like Me: An Interview with DMC

DMC is, like any good writer, aware of the power of words and names. Which explains his considerable shock when he discovered that Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels had, in fact, been adopted.

Let It Be: Tonight’s the Night for the Freak Scene

Nearly 20 years since the original line-up broke up, PopMatters speaks with Lou Barlow on the Dinosaur Jr. reunion.

Howard Devoto: Interview with a Resurfacing Should-Have-Been Musical Legend

Howard Devoto is one of those musicians who, if there were any justice at all in the world, would be hugely famous.

A Cheap Thrill (Plus One)

To celebrate the belated US release of their new album Baby, PopMatters presents 10 things you need to know about Rachel Nagy and the Detroit Cobras.

Snap Music Is Hope: An Interview with Dem Franchize Boyz

Rapper Jizzal Man of snap music crew Dem Franchize Boyz speaks on leaning wit it and rocking wit it.

Running Thoughts: An Interview with Deerhoof

Deerhoof's latest, The Runners Four, has garnered praise from The New York Times and helped usher the band into larger arenas. Here, guitarist John Dieterich discusses how the band has responded.

Their Head in the Clouds: Deerhoof Speaks

After 10 years, they still doesn't have a practice space. Welcome to the spontaneity of Deerhoof.

The Decemberists: Set to Overthrow?

This month marks the release of Her Majesty the Decemberists, the follow-up to the sleeper success of Castaways and Cutouts, re-issued earlier this year. Is a revolution in the works? PopMatters editor Devon Powers chats with lead singer Colin Meloy to investigate.

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