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Decasia Live [2007 Rewind]

Unthinking indulgence is the easiest way to sink avant-garde art, but does that mean violently decayed films of long-gone camel crossings are automatically overwrought?

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Pillow Fight League, US Debut [2007 Rewind]

Pillows pounding, legs tangle with arms and skirts slowly ride, inching forward as muscle strains against muscle. If that's not empowering, what is?

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In Memoriam: Desmond Dekker

Bob Marley? Bah. Desmond Dekker was cranking out hits when Bob Marley was wearing boy-shorts.

Andrew Phillips
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Scandinavia's Hot Music from the Cold North

Held deep in the ice-bitten annals of Trondheim, Norway, By:Larm 2007 gathered hundreds of Scandinavian musicians for a massive, three-day music-and-arts festival. PopMatters covers the best new Scandanavian talent emerging from the festival and offers 20 exclusive MP3s and an exclusive mix.

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Decasia Live

Unthinking indulgence is the easiest way to sink avant-garde art, but does that mean violently decayed films of long-gone camel crossings are automatically overwrought?

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Pillow Fight League, US Debut

Pillows pounding, legs tangle with arms and skirts slowly ride, inching forward as muscle strains against muscle. If that's not empowering, what is?

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Harvey Danger [2006 Rewind]

Harvey 'I had visions, I was in them, I was looking into the mirror' Danger are poised to surf a Nada-style wave back to respectability. But, will it work?

Andrew Phillips
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Califone

Califone's music has the feel of whiskey soaked nights with no romance, and the dry caress of dust and dementia.

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Bad Riddance to Good Rubbish: A Sort-of Tribute to CBGB’s

New York's punk club doors are wrenched closed to the sound of metal scraping on concrete. Phillips gives a hurt-so-good account of one of its final shows with Bad Brains.

Andrew Phillips
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In Memoriam: Desmond Dekker

Bob Marley? Bah. Desmond Dekker was cranking out hits when Bob Marley was still in boy-shorts.

Andrew Phillips
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The Writer vs. Himself

PopMatters examines what happens when a journalist tries to take a chart-topping band to task.

Andrew Phillips
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The Not-So-Freewheelin' Vashti Bunyan

After being on break for nearly half a lifetime, the singer returns to make sure it's her vision on record.

Andrew Phillips
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Diamanda Galas

A Valentine's Day Massacre for still-beating hearts...

Andrew Phillips
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Indie in Tweenville: TRL Awards 2006

Four doors (and one burly guard) separate the outside world from America's prime purveyor of teeny pop. PopMatters' Andrew Phillips walks cautiously through all four to face his demons at MTV's TRL awards.

Andrew Phillips
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Espers + Picastro

THC hits some bands in a wham-bam fury of ideas and anecdotes (making them impossible to keep quiet). Others are content to sit quietly and snack.

Andrew Phillips
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Of Anger and Twitching: An Interview with John Cale

John Cale talks about his driving impulses, experimental art, and catchy songs. One gets the sense that he's searching (and has long searched) for the place where rock and the avant-garde meet in perfect harmony.

Andrew Phillips
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Rogue Wave

Looks can be deceiving, but this is ridiculous...

Andrew Phillips
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Konono No.1

Without the uber-hip distortion that usually dresses their music, all that remains are the modest men behind the curtain. Will that be enough for the indie set?

Andrew Phillips
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The MTV Woodie Awards

My mission was clear. I was to discover what happens when the decidedly corporate MTV sets its sights on the staunchly independent arena of college rock...

Andrew Phillips
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Soul Asylum

's return. What?!?!? Really? Yeah, it's called analysis...

Andrew Phillips

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