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Capable of Anything: An Interview with Ben Folds

"I think most of the gold was mined out of [rock music] probably in the '60s -- and then I think since then you're just mining for dust now."

Evan Sawdey
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Ben Folds Five: The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five sound happy to be back -- and God knows they aren't the only ones.

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Ben Folds Does the Best Imitation of Himself: An Interview

When not reforming bands, judging a cappella groups on TV, or collaborating with Nick Hornby, Ben Folds somehow found time to not only look back on his entire career, but also sit down with PopMatters to tell us all about it ...

Erin Lyndal Martin
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Ben Folds and Nick Hornby: Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue is a very strong album for Ben Folds, and a successful debut for Nick Hornby as a lyricist. Folds tries to do justice to Hornby's lyrics by staying in his own musical comfort zone and writing great melodies.

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A Working Day: An Interview with Ben Folds

Collaborating with friend and literary hero Nick Hornby, Ben Folds has taken a break from his schedule of reality-TV shows, production of a capella albums, and recording with classical piano prodigies to discuss every angle of Lonely Avenue, his latest work ...

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Ben Folds: 20 April 2010 - Chicago

It’s evident how much he loves being a musician when he can take the stage, just Ben Folds and His Piano, and literally become a one man band.

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Motion City Soundtrack: My Dinosaur Life

Don't let the cartoon dinosaurs fool you. Motion City Soundtrack can do serious, too.

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The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.

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Ben Folds: Way to Normal

Way to Normal is about the realization that the very concept of "normal" may well be a myth.

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FEST FLASHBACK: Bonnaroo 2006 feat. Tom Petty, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Beck, and Radiohead

The education that begins today and continues long after the guitars have gone quiet.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Bonnaroo 2006: Day 1 Feat. Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Tom Petty, and My Morning Jacket

It's unclear whether or not Ben Folds' routine is a warning about the misuse of drugs. If it is, it's clearly falling on deaf ears.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman

A disarmingly mature Ben Folds imparts his nuggets of easily digestible wisdom on the masses. The masses shrug.

Mike Schiller
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Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs

For most of his career, Ben Folds has thrived on examining those things that needle and surprise us from within -- even in his fictional narratives, you can sense very real experiences whispering from the shadows. Beneath the versatile Tin Pan Alley flourishes and Randy Newmanesque pop sheen of his songs, Folds's attitude ranges from heartfelt to smirking to unforgiving (sometimes all three at once).

Andrew Gilstrap
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