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Filmmaker Diane Paragas on 'Yellow Rose' and the Heartbreak Behind Anti-Immigration Policies

Director Diane Paragas asks her audience to not bring their politics into her film, Yellow Rose, but to just let it be, as she hopes to show the heartbreak of broken families lost within the politicisation of immigration issues.

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How Musicians Are Surviving the Pandemic — and the Music Industry

Nine US-based musicians discuss surviving and adapting to the changing music industry in our extraordinarily challenging time of pandemic shutdown.


Blinker the Star's Jordon Zadorozny Reflects on a Career That's Come Full-Circle

With Juvenile Universe, Blinker the Star's Jordon Zadorozny has once again crafted some of today's most vibrant, dynamic rock.


In Author Dennis E. Staples' Town, Sleeping Dogs Don't Lie

In Dennis E. Staples' remarkable debut, This Town Sleeps, flawed mothers and sons must pacify vengeful ghosts and family curses. As if loving each other wasn't hard enough.


Darren Jessee Marches to His Own Beat on Dynamic New Solo Record

"Starting this new solo thing has reinvigorated me in a way," says former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee, shortly after dropping his best album to date. "To get a fresh start this late in something you've been doing so long is really a great feeling."


He's the Leader: An Interview with Aretha's "Main Man" Fonzi Thornton

From the Apollo Theater to the Kennedy Center, acclaimed vocalist Fonzi Thornton shares untold stories from his solo career and his prolific stage work with Diana Ross, Bryan Ferry, Aretha Franklin, and other music legends.


Author Gabriel Bump Advises Young Writers to 'Embrace the Sluggishness'

Gabriel Bump's protagonist in Everywhere You Don't Belong is an everyman who often mounts his narrative plateau with the discriminating eye of a filmmaker. This interview with Bump has us wondering, should he write a screenplay?


Jordan Reyes: From Industrial Noise to Ambient Americana

Restless musician, composer, and label owner Jordan Reyes has largely abandoned the modular synthesizers of his previous releases to create something organic and meditative. Reyes speaks about his new album and the wide range of music American Dreams continues to release.


Frank Zappa Documentary Unveils the Man Behind the Mythos

He may be known for going on some excellent adventures as one half of Bill & Ted, but Alex Winter is now several documentaries into his career. After years of sorting through rare archive footage, he's telling a story of Frank Zappa few thought possible.


Heather Maloney Mixes Bitter With Sweet in Gift-Wrapped Christmas Package (interview + premiere)

Without a holiday season full of good cheer in the year of the pandemic, Heather Maloney takes the right approach by making a festive EP and lyric video that will still deliver an emotional resonance.


Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx on the World of Captain Beefheart

Guitarist and band leader Gary Lucas and veteran vocalist Nona Hendryx pay tribute to one of rock's originals, Captain Beefheart, in this interview with PopMatters.


Director Sean Durkin on the Dark Corners in Our Minds and in 'The Nest'

In his melodrama The Nest, director Sean Durkin considers how we latch onto and accept cycles and routine, which offer only a superficial security from truth, shame and guilt.


Sci-fi/Fantasy Writer Elizabeth Bear on Diversity, Mental Health, and Queers in Space

Elizabeth Bear's idealistic, positive future would be a Tea Party Republican's worst nightmare. Her latest book, Machine, explores the possibility fearlessly.


Drag Queen Dance-Popster Katya Discusses 'Vampire Fitness'

Growing up listening to sludge-metal and goth-rock, drag queen Katya rose from complete obscurity to become a multi-hyphenate comedy icon. With the release of an album deeply indebted to industrial metal, guided meditations, and Russian dance-pop, she finds solace in giving us the truly unexpected.


Making a Masterpiece: An Interview with Legendary Composer Valerie Simpson

Fifty years after Ashford & Simpson gave Diana Ross her first number one solo hit with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", Valerie Simpson reflects on a lifetime of writing chart-topping anthems for Motown and beyond.


Pink Martini's China Forbes Discusses New Songs Created in the Pandemic

Despite a global pandemic and a year of difficult unrest, Pink Martini's China Forbes soldiers on with her band's sharp eye for optimism and a newfound life mission.


Steve Wynn Cracks Open the Archive with 'Decade'

The man behind the Dream Syndicate and Miracle 3 reflects on his wild solo career with a definitive box set. But not even that can match the stories Steve Wynn has to tell.


Lambchop's Kurt Wagner Discusses Their New Covers EP and Pandemic Musical Life

The frontman of "the most fucked-up country band in Nashville" returns Lambchop to their roots on TRIP. Each group member picked a classic song and was bandleader for a day, resulting in a record that reveals Lambchop's core influences in striking new light.


Fave Five: Tunng's Favorite Songs About Death

On their morbid new record, London's ever-experimental Tunng explore new sonic contours in their pursuit of all things grief. They mark the occasion by talking about their favorite songs about death.


Joan Osborne Discusses 'Trouble and Strife', Immigration, and the Hope for a Better World

On Trouble and Strife, Joan Osborne goes Americana and interviews immigrants and tells a story of persevering in these extraordinary and difficult times. Osborne chronicles what she sees and challenges listeners to take action.

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