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Legacy and Oblivion: 25 Years of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

Nevermind, while containing most of the hits for which Nirvana is celebrated is, of the four primary releases, the least emotionally and aesthetically complex.

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How Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor Found His Inner Adele

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor goes solo and goes stark, with a sparse, voice-and-piano album that is unlike anything he's ever done.

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7urn.up.th3.t3n5i0n: An Interview with ‘Mr. Robot’ Composer Mac Quayle

"I think if you compare the volume of the music on Mr. Robot with some other shows it is just way louder, which is kind of a composers dream."

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A Chicago Soul in Transit: An Interview with Ryley Walker

On Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, folk-jazz sound-poet Ryley Walker makes a strong case for singer-songwriter status, distancing himself from the "fingerstyle guitarist" moniker that has followed him around for some time.

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Music with a Capital “M”: An Interview With Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus

The Bad Plus may be known for their revisionist covers of pop songs, but pianist Ethan Iverson proudly reflects on jazz’s past and shares his hopes and fears about its future.

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Soundwalk Collective, Jesse Paris Smith and Patti Smith Pay Tribute to Nico’s Haunting Poetry

The works of the German art rock singer, who died in 1988, are reinterpreted through this ambient-sounding collaboration with Patti Smith.

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This Next Number Will Be a Blues: Son House, Endings, Restarts, and a Delta Triptych

If you haven't heard the 80th anniversary CD of House’s first session, you have one of the most visceral, galvanizing musical experiences awaiting you.

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Foreverland: An Interview with Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy frontman discusses his latest record, cricket, composing operas, Gilbert & Sullivan, posthumous fame, musicals, his European tour, and "Catherine The Great".

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“We Became the Band We Set Out Against”: An Interview with Wild Beasts

"This album is the first time where someone says, 'Hey, I like the sound of you guys. What are you called?' And I'd say Wild Beasts. And they'd say, 'Oh, obviously.'"

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Taking the Bitter With the Swede: Adam Tensta’s Moody Hip-Hop Soul

One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.

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“I Want to Feel Something Real”: An Interview With St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones talks with PopMatters about the band's quick rise and the inspirations, faith, art, and business behind new album Sea of Noise.

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Out of the Ashes and Making Smashes: Welcoming Whitney

Born from the ashes of Chicago's beloved rock stalwarts Smith Westerns comes Whitney: a sly pop duo whose sharp changes in direction and sound may very well change your life.

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1 Sep 2016 // 6:52 AM

Keeping It Real: An Interview with Lydia Loveless

"I don't think you can make very good art if you're not coming from an honest place."

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“I Had to Step Up My Game”: An Interview with Nels Cline of Wilco

In a candid interview with PopMatters, Nels Cline discusses his new double album, why it took a quarter of a century to come to fruition, and his role in the ever-evolving Wilco.

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Brendan Canning Keeps It Domestic With ‘Home Wrecking Years’

Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning wanted everyone to chill but in order to do some chilling of his own, he had to put together a band. Then that band made a record.

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Entering the Void: A Reflection on Beardfish

Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.

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Frank Ocean and a Short History of Spite Albums

Frank Ocean's Endless, the decidedly less commercial of his two recent releases, might just be a victory for artists who've been forced to release music to fulfill contractual obligations. Here's a look at some of history's more significant spite albums.

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Assessing Their Performance: The Burnside Project Legacy

Burnside Project had audience members screaming their quirky electropop lyrics back at them one moment and shrugging the next. Here, Burnside Project's rise and fall is documented, culminating in a free download of their unreleased private masterpiece.

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The New Oral History: Chris Shiflett and Steve Dawson’s Smart, Listenable Podcasts

There are more podcasts than you can shake a flash drive at these days. Though the number of 'casts that embrace Americana music is growing, these two stand out.

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25 Aug 2016 // 1:00 AM

In the Dark: An Interview With Carl Broemel

It took him six years to make, but My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel drew from surprising personal places to craft his latest solo effort.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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