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26 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Unscene

Is it possible to make pop music without concern that it's popular? A look at paradoxes of home recording.

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A Constant Questioning: An Interview with Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown

The key member of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade matches his ambition with his humility. And his coffee.

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20 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Big Brass at the Disco

Shantel has accomplished the most daunting task imaginable in this genre: making an accessible pop record with tubas, trumpets and dumbeks, and our response remains among the greatest of human pleasures: we dance.

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The Cost of Freedom: The Rascals’ Struggle for Change

In 1967-68, The Rascals were on top of the pop charts. So they decided to use their power to take a stand on Civil Rights. That’s when the problems started.

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Various Artists: The Brit Box

Tracing the evolution of UK alt-pop from just after new wave died, through the Britpop explosion, and ending right before Coldplay emerged, this four-disc box set is both an excellent survey and a very well sequenced mix.

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Too Young to Let Go: Jay-Z, Medicare, and You

Jay-Z's evolution into the bridge between hip-hop and mainstream popular culture has been a long one, but his nostalgic turn worked to make him a figure whose mythos will likely endure into the old age of a generation.

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Standing Under Stars: An Interview with Rahsaan Patterson

The innovative soul stylist tested the concept of God and what did he find? Patterson talks to PopMatters.

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15 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

Pop Goes Twang: The Best of the Americana Music Festival 2007

PopMatters attended the 8th annual Americana Music Festival in Nashville. We offer our hard-to-pare-down picks of the best Americana had to offer this year.

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14 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

A Laughing Dilemma, Revealed

Jazz and its fans have grown all too serious. The genre could use a clown prince or two.

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Deadly Packaging: The Cover Art of No Limit Records

If any one visual movement did justice to the absurd, untenable profitability of that dot-com windfall, it was the striking art of No Limit Records, the apex and nadir of commercial hip-hop thuggery.

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Why Does the Music Have to End?: An Interview with Lou Reed

Three decades letter, Metal Machine Music gets a classical reworking. Lou Reed talks to PopMatters about this legendary album and Zeitkratzer's interpretation of it.

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Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

For the first time, the musical and attitudinal highs and lows of the Bay Area scene are on full, accurate, and coherent display. Forty years was a long time to wait.

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Yo! Your TV Raps: Hip-Hop on US Television

Hip-hop's TV exposure has been strong, giving us a mixture of critique, celebrity, and celebration. Who, in the '80s, would've guessed that hip-hop would have such cultural presence?

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Southern Comfort: An Interview with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell

Band of Horses' reluctant frontman talks about moving back South to record his new album, the fading playoff hopes of the New York Yankees, and indie rock's most influential beards.

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6 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Tragically Miffed

Canada's Barenaked Ladies make some of today's best, most relevant protest music. No, really.

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Don’t Know Much About History

As Lupe Fiasco learned in a recent faux pas, what you don't know won't scare you – until somebody calls you out.

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Taking It Slow: An Interview with Glenn Mercer of the Feelies

With Bill Million, Glenn Mercer headed up the Feelies, one of the best and most underrated bands of '70s and '80s. Now he's back with a solo album that features several ex-Feelies and has the same bewitching shimmer.

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4 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

In Defense of Britney

There’s nothing but guilt surrounding Britney -- guilt for secretly enjoying “Gimme More”, guilt for tuning in to see what sort of trouble she’s gotten herself into today, guilt for not having the balls to use the word “misogyny“.

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Pastures of Plenty: An Interview with Fields

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Fields are proving that on a daily basis.

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Sea of Heartbreak: Dennis Wilson’s Majestic Solo Work

Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, released 30 years ago, is majestic and haunting, a work as rich and complex as almost anything the Beach Boys released. So why is it out of print?

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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