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When Punk Got the Funk

As punks were looking for some potential pathways out of the cul-de-sacs of their limited soundscapes, they saw in funk a way to expand the punk palette without sacrificing either their ethos or idea(l)s.

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David Byrne Channels the Weird and the Ordinary in 'True Stories'

As a piece of both cultural history and film history, David Byrne's True Stories takes its place alongside two other films from the mid-'80s that are also steeped in a surrealistic other-worldly place, Repo Man and Blue Velvet.

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David Byrne Rocks San Francisco to Help Manifest an American Utopia

Still one of the boldest artists in the music world, both a new album and tour find David Byrne exploring the concept that music can influence society in a more positive direction.

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Chris Stamey's Homage to the New York Music Scene of the '70s

A Spy In The House of Loud works best on quiet stages, taking singular trips down clearly paved roads with definite endings.

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Angélique Kidjo Remakes the Talking Heads' 'Remain in Light' and Pays Tribute to Nigerian Influences

Angélique Kidjo takes on a classic Talking Heads record with grace and aplomb on Remain in Light.

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All the WOO in the World: An All-star Benefit for P-Funk Legend Bernie Worrell

The Wizard of WOO got his due as Nona Hendryx brought together George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Living Colour, David Byrne, Meryl Streep, and dozens more.

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Counterbalance: Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues

Put away that gun. This party's simple. We're talking about the 1137th most acclaimed album of all time. (That Talking Heads' 1983 commercial smash is this week's Counterbalance. Turn like a wheel inside a wheel.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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The 10 Best Concert Documentaries

What separates someone merely capturing a night when a band is on fire from a great concert documentary? Here are ten films that bridge that gap.

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Tom Tom Club: Downtown Rockers EP

The Tom Tom Club’s first batch of new songs in 12 years feels like a blast from pasts both far away and recent.

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The Former Talking Heads Frontman Starts Making Sense in 'How Music Works'

"... it is the music and the lyrics that trigger the emotions within us, rather than the other way around. We don't make the music—it makes us."

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David Byrne and St. Vincent: Love This Giant

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Love This Giant, it’s that collaboration is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Dread Amongst Swirling Dislocation: The Talking Heads' 'Fear of Music'

Jonathan Lethem shows that Fear of Music is an album for people who won't let their fear of art keep them from breaking their already broken hearts.

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Fanfarlo: Rooms Filled With Light

Rooms Filled With Light could have very easily fallen into the sophomore slump category. It had all the trappings of a pre-destined failure, but Fanfarlo somehow guides it all into an enjoyable, 80's-driven art-pop LP.

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Head Games: 'Talking Heads: Chronology'

Instantly reminds the ex-aficionado of the reasons they loved the Heads in the first place -- and why a reevaluation of their current position is probably warranted.

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Counterbalance No. 35: Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Facts all come with points of view, like the fact that Talking Heads’ 1980 Afro-funk opus is the 35th Greatest Album of All Time. Counterbalance gives Remain in Light a listen—don’t you miss it. (Some of you people just about missed it.)

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Nouvelle Vague: 29.January.2010 - Chicago

Words and Pictures by Rory O'Connor

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Stop Making Sense

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Double Dutch: An Appreciation of David Byrne

His Luaka Bop label was the bridge between Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music and Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club. His early dance music collections show up on all the cool kids’ iPods. He helped make Alison Krauss and Robert Plant pitchable, let alone profitable.

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Like Tiny Bacteria Running Around: An Interview with the Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth discusses Bitte Orca, his recent collaborations with Björk and David Byrne and the art of discharging firearms in Canadian shopping malls.

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Rebels Wit Attitude: Talking Heads

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Rebels Wit Attitude, Ellis looks at the Talking Heads' art school intellectualism, pop melodies, funk rhythms, and the abstract humor that made them outsiders.

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Talking Heads: 77 / More Songs About Buildings and Food / Fear of Music / Remain in Light [DualDisc

Following last year's career-spanning Brick box set, the first four studio albums from the seminal art-pop band are reissued as individual DualDiscs.

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Talking Heads: Talking Heads: 77 / More Songs About Buildings and Food / Fear of Music / Remain in

Following last year's career-spanning Brick box set, the first four studio albums from the seminal art-pop band are reissued as individual DualDiscs.

Zeth Lundy

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