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Nona Hendryx Inaugurates Joe's Pub at the Public's Vanguard Residency Program

Grammy-nominated funk/rock icon will mix music, media, and artists during yearlong programming partnership with Joe’s Pub at the Public in New York.

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The Best Mainstream Pop Singles of 2013

Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.

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Bright Moments Past: On Music and Loss

Music is first and foremost a very real and easily identifiable source of extreme pleasure. It’s also a vehicle, something I use to help me get around in life.

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'Yeezus' Displeases: The First Week of Reactions to Kanye West's New Album

After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.

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Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 "Album of the Year" Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...

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In Defense of Good Sax

I could list several dozen songs that would be greatly lessened, if not unthinkable, without their saxophonic embellishment; so could you. In the interest of time and clarity, let's take three and call it a day.

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Retromania Vs. Innovation: An Interview with Simon Reynolds

PopMatters talks with music critic Simon Reynolds about his new book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past, as well as the modern state of pop futurism, the changing nature of music criticism, and the post-punk historian's favorite '80s alt-rock bands.

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Paul McCartney: An Auteur

Paul McCartney's effortless musical mastery (with no suffering artist gimmick) robs him of the serious consideration he deserves. But like literature and film's greatest auteurs, he will eventually undergo the Hitchcock / Shakespeare transformation from popular entertainer to century-defining artist.

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The Ugly and Unlistenable Death Spiral of Eddie Van Halen

Has there been anything else remotely akin to the waste of potential, time, and opportunity that we’ve had the last two decades with Eddie Van Halen?

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Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco

In between stays at mental institutions for schizophrenia, Powell left behind a remarkable legacy. Sadly, he hasn’t received the same widespread admiration that his close friend Thelonious Monk secured. But to true fans of the jazz genre, Powell is revered.

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The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight

While a lot can be said over the technique’s indulgent, sometimes stodgy nature, I honestly believe that a lot of the grumbling about solos is due to the fact that not everyone can pull them off well.

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On Christopher Hitchens' Taste in Music

Hitchens on Verdi and Dylan, not God or Iraq.

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And Start West, Again and Again and Again...

Can we, finally, begin pondering how cultures outside of the West—outside of London and New York—conceive of terms like indie and punk?

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Steven Wilson: The Gentleman Doth Protest Too Much (Part Two--The Fury)

Would Steven Wilson really want to roll the dice and insert himself back in a time when the prospects were a hell of a lot less salubrious for unorthodox and unsigned bands? Today, there are illimitable sources of opinion, and taste making is as democratic as it’s ever been, in part because of the abundance of voices and agency.

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The Top 100 Canadian Singles, by Bob Mersereau

Mersereau's likeable follow-up to The Top 100 Canadian Albums is another portrait of Canadian pop culture that's as eccentric as it is argument-instigating.

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Steven Wilson: The Gentleman Doth Protest Too Much (Part One)

Steven Wilson speaks eloquently about the halcyon days of yesteryear, but would he (or anyone) want to step backward into the rigged game we've only recently escaped from?

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Accentuate the Positive: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews

The author is expected to not only justify the album’s existence, but to justify the need to write about it in the first place. Is it any wonder then that such an intensely personal (and often defensive) writing tends to veer towards positivism?

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Raze It to the Ground: Arcade Fire’s Urban Bias

Throughout 'The Suburbs', Arcade Fire seems completely ill-equipped to understand both where it came from and, more pressingly, where it is now. That kind of tunnel vision is what leads the band to articulate such an uncritical urban bias.

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Greet Death: William Basinski, Hospitality, and the Sound of Decay

Even though William Basinski’s 'The Disintegration Loops' was unintentionally produced in the fall of 2001, its composition -- the way that it captures the process of decay -- makes it, perhaps, the most significant representation of the political and cultural tensions of post-9/11 America.

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Broken Social Dreams

As I channel my inner Fox Mulder, I should be clear that I don’t see any conspiracies here. However, I do read the When-Drew-Met-Canning narrative sketched by so many of us in the blogosphere, whether intentionally or not, as a controlling cover-up that restricts attention to the boundless spontaneity that is, in many ways, the most compelling feature of Broken Social Scene’s music and legacy.

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Celebrating the Allure of the Almighty Riff

The riff: is there any sweeter two-word phrase in the rock vocabulary? AJ Ramirez offers his examples of the best riffs via video.

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My Decade in Music

They are simply the albums that shaped my musical landscape, for which I know every lyric of every song backward and forward, that I would take with me to that mythical desert island we music lovers always talk about

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Should John Bush Return to Anthrax?

The band's longtime vocalist has hinted at a possible reunion. Will this lead to a new era of success for Anthrax, or will the confusion and uncertainty of the past seven years continue?

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Not Nearly Too Much Posse

Now, I was taught back on my block...

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Behemoth Frontman Faces Prison for Bible Destruction. Fair Charge or Foul Call?

Nergal, leader of Polish metal act Behemoth, is charged with offending religious beliefs in his home country. Are metal fans really justified in their outrage?

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Jesper Strömblad Leaves In Flames. What Now?

With their rhythm guitarist and last founding member departing the band, what can fans expect from one of the Gothenburg scene's innovators on their next album?

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Muppets, Myra, and More: The Best Jazz of 2010 -- So Far.

It's only February, but 2010 has already yielded a fistful of significant jazz releases.

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The Joys of Discovering Music Back Asswards

Sure, the best way to discover an artist is to buy their most-revered works, but there's something to be said for going after the not-so-great releases first.


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