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Sunday, January 1 1995

Wonderlands: An Interview with Jewel

'The things that thrill me are that I can afford medication, go to the movies whenever I want, get on a plane whenever I want. It just thrills me, you know?' Jewel talks to PopMatters about the joys of writing, the perils of ultimate perfection, and how Plato shaped her vision of love.

Jellyeye: Beat in Chicago

Spooky and throbbing as a newborn toadstool - the jellyeye.

The Struggles of a New Artist, Who Doesn’t See Himself As One: An Interview with Javier

The R&B vocalist turned a summer of radio station grunt work into the start of a varied career.

This Is Life: An Interview with Jarboe

The singer opens up on love, abuse and art.

A Man Named J’Aime: An interview with Islands’ Jaime Thompson

The ex-Unicorn explains his new project, remixing for Beck, and African guitar.

Signal Fills the Void: An Interview with Mike Gallagher of Isis

With two and sometimes three detuned guitars roaring through massive distortion, Isis shows are floor-shakingly, teeth-rattlingly loud. Many bands play loudly, but few bathe the listener in waves of sound like Isis.

Experience and Accident: A Conversation with Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam

Sam Beam talks about the songwriting process, even the unintentional side of it.

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.

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