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“An Identity Crisis in a Good Way”: An Interview with Will Stratton

The upstate New York-based guitarist talks about his newest album, his intricate guitar technique, and the need to write music in tumultuous times.

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You’re Such a Lovely Audience: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Celebrating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a little help from their friends; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Neil Young and the Mona Lisa Twins.

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Observational Tragedy: Jonathan Coulton’s Approach to Songwriting

Jonathan Coulton reveals how his unique balance of comedy and tragedy, optimism and cynicism, and the past and future form the heart of his new multimedia concept album.

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22 May 2017 // 3:00 AM

Eminem: A Love Story

Who can listen to Eminem’s discography today and not be struck by one of popular music’s most prolonged and extraordinary expressions of interminable sadness?

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From Garden to Higher Truth: The Legacy of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

No matter what Chris Cornell did, there was always the sense that he was doing what he wanted.

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Callback to the Future: Maestro Gamin on the Miracles and Medicines of His Latest EP

Maestro Gamin’s latest venture with producer Books One, Miracle Work Medicine, sees a return to Daisy Age hip-hop.

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Adolescent Awakening: KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Get Down Tonight”

In 1975, an aimless teenager goes to an obscure discothèque in Boston and discovers “Get Down Tonight” -- just the kind of funk he's looking for.

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Contrary to Popular Belief, the Blues Were Not Born on the Mississippi Delta

Historians Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff debunk myths about the origins of blues music, locating them not in the Mississippi Delta but in southern black vaudeville.

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Power Play: Brian Williams, Leonard Cohen, and “First We Take Manhattan”

In "First We Take Manhattan", Leonard Cohen recognized the shared appeal of extremism in politics and art as the allure of power.

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Passing Masters of Jazz: Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell

Jazz long ago lost its early geniuses of swing and bebop. Now masters from the '70s and onward are starting to pass, too. Remembering Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell.

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Each Song Is a Thought, Flying Across the Ocean for Do Make Say Think’s Charles Spearin

Charles Spearin discusses the themes and processes behind Do Make Say Think's latest album Stubborn Persistent Illusions.

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Imaginary Interviews With !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

For the dance-rock titans, the grooves evolve but the dance remains the same. Rock's most consistent group hits another one out of the park.

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Sign of the Times: An Interview With Miami Horror

Emerging from the Australian electronic-pop revival with the likes of Neon Indian and Kimbra, Miami Horror move from the personal to the imaginative in pastel-bright fashion.

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8 May 2017 // 2:30 AM

Midnight Oil’s Time Has Come Again

Midnight Oil taught me that citizens not only need a soundtrack for resistance, but we also need to resist.

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Jay Farrar Talks Pedal Steel Guitar, Open Tunings, and Jerry Garcia

Son Volt's Jay Farrar opens up about the impetus of the new album, another new record about a half a year out, and how Tom Brumley and Ralph Mooney are probably his favorites on the pedal steel guitar.

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On Wanting Sly Stone to Take Us Higher Yet Again

Sly Stone was one of the first audacious badasses of modern black pop music, a hero and then an anti-hero to millions.

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Sing Like a Thunderstorm: An Interview with Eisley’s Sherri Dupree-Bemis

Her kids can sleep on a tour bus like pros, her new album comes after two other songwriters (amicably) left the band. Yes, Eisley's Sherri Dupree-Bemis proves you really can have it all.

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Sound Machine: The Evolutionary Vocabulary of the Human Voice

Amplification and voice technologies are bringing a broader palate of sounds to the singer. It’s not all beautiful, but it's very human.

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Why Wasn’t This Band Massive?: A Conversation with Six By Seven’s Chris Olley

"Under virtually all YouTube video of ours, there's a comment that says, 'Why wasn't this band massive?' This thing has followed me around all my life," says Chris Olley.

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Emotional Engineer: An Interview with Jay Som

After releasing music in relative obscurity, the basement-pop of Melina Duterte's Jay Som is suddenly taking the world by storm.

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U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

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"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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