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This Frontier Needs Heroes - "It's Over Now" (stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

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This Frontier Needs Heroes' new take on Americana clears space for sitar on "It's Over Now".

It doesn't take long for This Frontier Needs Heroes to get to the twist they give their wistful Americana sound on "It's Over Now", starting as it does with some squiggly lines of sitar. As unexpected as the steely shimmer of Arvid Smith's sitar might seem, it fits well with the brisk shimmery drums, the understated acoustic guitar play, and echoing vocals by band principals Brad and Jessica Lauretti. "It's Over Now" comes off This Frontier Needs Heroes new album Hooky, out on 27 August.

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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