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More Than One Story Out There: An Interview With Henry Rollins

"I just don't think we know the whole story... and for America that is very dangerous." The seminal hardcore rocker and sage spoken-wordist chats with PopMatters about Iraq, Iran, music and activism, and how contemporary culture profits off those who defy it.

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Blondie: Eat to the Beat

Almost half a million YouTube views later, Blondie's Eat to the Beat video receives a long awaited release on DVD with (yet another) remastered CD.

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27 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Cowboy Troy’s Latest… “Bland Content” Warning

ADVISORY: Cowboy Troy's second attempt at fusing country and hip-hop contains references to minivans, grills, and strong images of suburbia that may numb office drones to the tedium of cubicle life. Discretion is advised.

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The Unconscious Realm: An Interview With Medeski, Martin & Wood Drummer Billy Martin

With the release of Mago, an album of duets with bandmate John Medeski, Billy Martin continues to pursue a personal vision of music without many boundaries, a pop-jazz-avant-garde combination that barely acknowledges the market while still sounding irresistible.

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Reflections of a Renaissance Man: An Interview with Paul McCartney

From Astaire to T-Pain, from Little Richard to de Kooning, McCartney talks to PopMatters and covers it all, including his uncertainty about what kind of send-off he'd like.

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Hip-Hop at the Crossroad: Time, Testimony, & Identity

In the '90s, X-Clan took us "to the east". This year, the group returns from Mecca in "vanglorious" fashion.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Everything Is Permitted

"People have sent me college term papers that they've written about my stuff, which I think is funny because I didn't graduate from college. I guess I must be doing something right if people are connecting to it." Begrand talks with Pig Destroyer's JR Hayes about writing and recording the band's new album, Phantom Limb.

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Relinquishing This World of Brutal Music: An Interview With Jesu’s Justin Broadrick

While still in his teens, Justin Broadrick pioneered grindcore in Napalm Death, and later, with Godflesh, extended the range of antagonistic volume. Now with the gorgeous soundscapes of Jesu, Broadrick says, "I really need to explore melody in an all-out way."

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14 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Cinematic Orchestra [London]

The Cinematic Orchestra's rapid evolution as one of the strongest forces standing on the wall between jazz and electronic music is even more idiosyncratic in that the band has also been steadily reducing the concoction until it's reached a crackling, steady simmer.

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12 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Going Balloon: An Interview with Forro in the Dark

Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark chats with PopMatters about music, keeping his cool, and Brazilian cooking.

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Closer, Still: Reflections on Joy Division

To some, Joy Division's music is depressing. To others, who've trailed along where the music takes them, it's cathartic.

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Scud Mountain Boys: How to Burn a Silo

Matthew Fiander rediscovers the Scud Mountain Boys with his own move south, and realizes that stories are rightfully entangled in their settings.

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Très Sheik: An Interview with Duncan Sheik

Songwriter Duncan Sheik talks with PopMatters about the musical Spring Awakening, nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and writing music that's relevant to a larger cultural argument.

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On Lexus, Hairapy, and the Scherzo from Beethoven’s Ninth (with a nod to Kubrick)

By making Beethoven's Ninth an image of our humanity, we have conditioned ourselves to filter out all of those elements in the music that make it a worthwhile (if troubling) listening experience.

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Magazine: A Band from Under the Floorboards

Call them post-punk, new wave, or art-rock, these remastered versions of Magazine's four studio albums reveal the Manchster quintet to be one of the best and most creative bands of their era.

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“I Don’t Have Any Regrets”: An Interview With Avril Lavigne

Lavigne balances the need to stay hands-on with the desire not to overthink while pounding out her best damn album.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Pete Doherty: Unstrung

Babyshambles? More like shambles, judging by Pete Doherty's public buffoonery and substance abuse. Yet beyond that façade lies a poet deliberately testing limits.

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31 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Sgt. Pepper at 40, from A to Z

It was 40 years ago today -- to be precise, June 1, 1967, in Britain, a day later in the former colonies of America -- that the Beatles changed the world.

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31 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Mixed Messages

I want the music I love to speak for me, but I can't control what it's going to say.

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30 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Evolution of Vintage

One of the glaring paradoxes of technological evolution is its ability to reconnect us to history. And if we know anything about human nature, it's that as we step into the future, we always look back.

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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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