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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.

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Counterbalance: Captain Beefheart's 'Safe As Milk'

The 498th most acclaimed album of all time was born in the desert, came on up from New Orleans. Captain Beefheart's startling 1967 debut album is this week's Counterbalance.

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'Frank Zappa and the And' Takes Us Deep Into Zappa's Universe

Zappa himself might have appreciated this work, which doesn’t attempt the usual tricks of trying to create or dispel a myth but instead focuses on the character of its subject, the richness of his work, and the beauty of his mind.

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1967 and the Prog-Rock Progenitors

If 1967 characterizes a high point where rock music could be appraised as Art, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was henceforth possible.

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The Tubes: Young and Rich/Now

It's hard to tell where the chops end and the jokes begin on these comedy-rock reissues.

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Counterbalance No. 54: Captain Beefheart’s 'Trout Mask Replica'

Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica is like a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag—it’s fast and bulbous and bound to end badly. Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn try to clean up the ensuing mess in this week's Counterbalance.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The debut album from these indie rockers generates a sense of forgettable déjå vu.

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The Year in Music: December 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in December 2010.

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O Captain! My Captain!: The Unique Magic of Captain Beefheart

If Captain Beefheart should be worshipped for anything it’s that he never once pandered for the sake of critical or commercial expediency.

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Fast 'n' Bulbous: Waxed Oop

Beefheart without Beefheart? Yes, with excellent results.

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Captain Beefheart: Astralwerks Reissues

These final two records in Beefheart's amazing recording career find an artist at his peak;


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