Recent Features

4 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Walkin’ the Long Road

At first, Woody Guthrie's birthplace tried to forget his name, but Okemah, Oklahoma has become home to a growing Guthrie festival, now in its ninth year.

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Windtalkers: Chicago’s own finally going for the almighty dollar.

Some of the artists living the life talk about Chicago's rap scene. Plus, PopMatters names the top 10 Chicago hip-hop up-and-comers.

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28 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Cinematics

Still in the larval stages, guitarist and vocalist Scott Rinner explains how the Cinematics have found themselves on the verge of breaking big, and what that means for establishing an identity.

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The Cut-Out Bin #7: Stan Ridgway, Mosquitos (Geffen, 1989)

The former Wall of Voodoo frontman's noirish solo album is a novelistic suite about the promise and peril of the American West.

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The Cut-Out Bin #7: Claudine Longet, Claudine (A&M, 1967)

The coy first album by the best of the broken-English chanteuses.

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The Cut-Out Bin #7: 10cc, How Dare You! (1976)

Lurking just below the goofy comedy, the mishmash of genres and the studio gimmickry of this last album by the band's original lineup is a pervasive, inconsolable sense of disconnection.

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The Hard Sell: Making Sense of Metalcore’s Marketing Madness

Mastodon, As I Lay Dying, Shadows Fall, and Between the Buried and Me: a guide to which of these bands most deserves your money for their CDs crammed with old crap, studio remnants, and toss-offs to help keep them afloat until the next album surfaces.

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20 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM


Determined to carve out her own space in music, determinedly independent antifolk artist Jaymay has garnered an impressive amount of acclaim and a dedicated following in a couple of short years. But the possibilities of success are only important so long as Jaymay can do it her way.

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‘Plush Safe He Think’: Shaping the Black Modern Rocker

Black rock musicians live in the shadow of Hendrix, but perhaps they'd be better off looking to Basquiat as well.

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Tears of an Outlaw: Willie Nelson’s The Complete Atlantic Sessions

Willie Nelson's mid-'70s albums for Atlantic - 'concept albums' built out of heartache - offer a sense of what it really means to be an outlaw.

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12 Jul 2006 // 10:00 PM

Complex Simplicity

Voivod vocalist Denis 'Snake' Belanger speaks candidly about the new Canadian Prime Minister, today's subordinate youth, and the 'emotional dimension' involved in creating a new album built around the guitar tracks of his deceased friend and bandmate, Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour.

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11 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

Kelley Polar

Something's lurking in the New England woods.... From his isolated shack in rural New Hampshire, Kelley Polar has turned self-imposed exile into an exploratory journey through love, time, and the cosmos. All set to a bumping disco beat.

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10 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Royal We

Multitracked heroism or egomaniacal self-indulgence? This first of series of features on the idiosyncratic genres we invent for ourselves as listeners looks at what happens to musical geniuses when the studio becomes their most virtuosic instrument.

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The Many Facets of Ice Cube

Ice Cube's been livin' large off his gangsta boogie and movies like Boyz-N-the-Hood and Friday. So why does he want to be a 'microphone master'?

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5 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

Into the Cupboard: Thom Yorke Goes Solo

With his first solo album Thom Yorke shrugs off his idolaters and modestly mulls over the desire to disappear.

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Melodic Patriotism: A Look at Some Lesser-Known Pieces for the Fourth of July

In observance of Independence Day, Jenkins examines some overlooked classical manifestations of American patriotism that may be more appropriate than Tchaikovsky's US-adopted 1812 Overture.

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The World on a Damn, Damn Leash: An Interview with Be Your Own Pet

Be Your Own Pet's debut full-length bristles with an old school punk fury, all spit and sputter and splatter-spazz energy. It's the kind of ferocious assault you'd expect from a foursome that's been playing together since high school... oh, two, three years ago.

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(Just) Boys from Basildon: The Depeche Mode Reissues

Were the modern rock heroes masters of their own brand of Socratic irony, or were they just what they claimed to be -- fortunate working-class boys? This excellently-packaged set of remasters offers some fascinating clues.

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Sometimes It Does Take Two: An Interview with Ellen Allien and Apparat

East meets West in an Orchestra of Bubbles.

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I Have Been Floated: An Oral History of the Elephant 6 Collective

Rock and roll thrives on romanticism, and one would be hard pressed to imagine a music story with more romance than that of Elephant 6, and the genre-defining music that sprung from a group of four teenagers trading overdubbed tapes recorded on boom boxes in the bedrooms of their parents' homes in a rural southern town.

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//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2015: 'Dark Echo'

// Moving Pixels

"Dark Echo drops you into a pitch back maze and then renders your core tools of navigation into something quite life threatening.

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