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Between the Stripes of That Sunlight Sound: An Interview with the Go-Betweens

With the first intensely exhaustive box set of their career released, Robert Forster reflects on a first-time bass player, a film critic, and himself helped change the very face of rock music.

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Miraculous Metropolis: A Reflection on Dream Theater’s ‘Scenes from a Memory’

Fifteen years after its release, Dream Theater's fifth LP remains not only the quintet's truest masterpiece, but arguably the greatest progressive metal album ever made.

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‘Fluidity of Form’: An Interview with Ben Watt + An Inspired Mixtape

Browsing a record shop with Ben Watt is one way to learn about those artists he admires and those that inspired him.

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A Homespun and Natural Kind of Rock: An Interview With Ultimate Painting

Drawing from the legacy of the Beatles and the Velvet Underground, the still-young group Ultimate Painting made quite a splash in 2014.

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A Travelogue of Jon Hassell’s ‘Fourth World’ Journey Into the Mystical

Fourth Word truly is a world unto itself, a vision of avant-garde experimentation that influenced numerous composers in its wake.

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The 2015 Grammys Get Jazz Mostly Wrong, a Little Right

Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.

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Reflections in the Wake of Destruction: Kent Avenue

The closure of several DIY music venues on Williamsburg's Kent Avenue pose critical questions about the identity of independent music in the present day.

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Holidays in Hades: An Interview with the English Heretic

PopMatters meets the founder of the occult-influenced UK project to talk about its fascinating new album/aural mausoleum The Underworld Service.

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The Act You’ve Known for All These Years: Covering ‘Sgt. Pepper’

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band may be the most overanalysed, overexposed album in history. In light of the Flaming Lips' affectionate reimagining, can the inescapable masterpiece ever be surpassed?

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12 Jan 2015 // 3:00 AM

Trust Your Instincts: An Interview with Steve Gunn

Acoustic finger-picker left the archival folk behind to arrive at a psychedelic 1960s-influenced style on his 10th album, Way Out Weather. The trick, he says, it not to overthink things.

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12 Jan 2015 // 2:20 AM

Listening Ahead: 15 Albums for Early 2015

Get an early glimpse of the best and most eagerly anticipated albums of the new year, including new efforts from Sleater-Kinney, Father John Misty, Belle and Sebastian, and Viet Cong.

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Writing Something Complete: An Interview With Robin Guthrie

The guitarist/composer behind Cocteau Twins talks about his return to film soundtracks and the effects that technology has had on his own unique songwriting process.

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A Blockbuster Turns 30: Alan Light Talks About Prince and ‘Purple Rain’

Music journalist and author of Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain Alan Light talks with PopMatters about Prince's one-of-a-kind perfect album.

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5 Jan 2015 // 2:20 AM

The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2015

This vibrant gang of musicians is approaching 2015 from all different angles. Some are still quite new to the music game, while others take the new year on after rising from a breakup.

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26 Dec 2014 // 10:18 AM

The Best Progressive Rock of 2014

From idiosyncratic tales of dastardly aliens to concept albums about a mysterious demon, prog maintained its reputation for eclecticism in 2014.

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The Best Bluegrass of 2014

This year's rich pickin's of traditional bluegrass, jamgrass, and newgrass make it the best year for recorded bluegrass music in quite some time.

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24 Dec 2014 // 2:06 AM

The Best Country Music of 2014

Take more than a quick glance at country music in 2014 and you'll see a varied landscape -- in terms of gender, age, experience and song content.

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Do You (Still) Know It’s Christmas?: An Interview with Midge Ure

Midge Ure reflects on just how far his career has come since his days in the new wave pioneers Ultravox, including what he's realized 30 years after the release of the classic charity single he wrote with Bob Geldof, "Do You Know It's Christmas?"

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23 Dec 2014 // 2:10 AM

The Best K-pop of 2014

Due to current events, 2014 was largely a rough year for K-pop. Still, these 15 songs represent the best K-pop had to offer this year, both inside and outside the mainstream.

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22 Dec 2014 // 1:10 PM

The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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Blood and Thunder: Clutch Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em!

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"Mastodon may be American metal giants, but based on their Saskatchewan gig with Clutch, they could learn a thing or two from their cult favorite Maryland comrades.

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