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There’s a Freak Out Brewin’ at My House: The State of DIY Music in Santa Fe

In the words of Santa Fe musicians, when it comes to making a DIY music culture grow and stay nourished, "If you’re not gonna work, it’s not gonna work for you.”

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Ubiquitous Grooves: A Vinyl Obituary

Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.

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Young Fathers Want to Change What’s Normal

With their new album White Men Are Black Men Too, Young Fathers look to shake people from complacency and change their understanding of pop.

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The Cathedral and the Shrink’s Office: ‘All Things Must Pass’ vs. ‘Plastic Ono Band’

All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band are the best of the post-Beatles albums because they demonstrate the opposing modes in the ways we exist.

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The Story of Billie Holiday’s Life Shouldn’t Overshadow the Power of Her Music

To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.

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Watching the Verbs Take Action!

Meegan Voss and Steve Jordan are dynamite musicians on their own, but when together as the Verbs, their years of studio mastery truly come into the fore.

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Everclear’s Art Alexakis Is the Man Who Broke His Own Heart

Everclear's Art Alexakis reflects on his career in music as well as his band's "best-sounding" new album.

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11 May 2015 // 5:00 AM

Too Many Things on Josh Rouse’s Mind

"Exercise, don't drink too much, and call your parents. I don't practice these as often as I should but they are good ideas!"

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Jóhann Jóhannsson on Composing as Storytelling

PopMatters talks with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about his role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe.

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‘Mudbird Shivers’ Is the Ex’s Propaganda of the Deed

The Ex confer elegance onto a wall of sound that often comes close to the sound of bombing raid alarms and the subsequent bombs themselves.

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30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish - Part Three

Far from just a quirky jam band, Phish pays tribute to the great legacy of mythology in culture.

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Spectacle of Empty Gestures: Rihanna’s “American Oxygen”

The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.

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An Artist Living in an Edgeland: An Interview With LoneLady

"If you've been shaped by a brutish environment," Manchester artist LoneLady tells PopMatters, "You don't have the luxury of making 'soft' music."

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5 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

Covering Cover Songs

Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.

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The Liberation of Best Coast: An Interview with Bethany Cosentino

The singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Best Coast discusses the influences behind their new album California Nights, the double-edged sword of success, and the band's constantly evolving legacy.

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for May 2015

Get the early word on new albums by My Morning Jacket, the Tallest Man on Earth, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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Kevin Barnes’ Monolithic Egress: An Interview with of Montreal

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes explains why it's OK to make music that's ugly, why he loves Os Mutantes, and why he can't recreate his most hated song ever.

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Status Flow: The Kingly Rhymes of Marracash

A household name in his native country, Italy has in Marracash one of its biggest contenders of hip-hop.

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24 Apr 2015 // 2:10 AM

Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age

As a multifaceted cultural object, vinyl has remained a persistent force within our technologically accelerated culture -- although not without bumps in the road.

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Still Built to Spill: An Interview with Doug Martsch

Doug Martsch and Built to Spill march on. Despite a core lineup shift, they never plan to slow down.

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'Game Art': Letting the Developers Speak

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"In Game Art, Matt Sainsbury is asking questions of video game developers that one might ask a movie director or a novelist or a painter.

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