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I Don't Need a Reason to Cry: An Interview with Shelby Lynne

In a time when musicians continue to struggle to find their footing in an uncertain market environment, few artists have managed to succeed in pursuing the independent path of Shelby Lynne. She talks to PopMatters about her acclaimed recent album, her upcoming tour, and so much more.

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The Future Will Be Silent: An Interview with OMD

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark let it all out in this plainspoken, open, and rather fascinating interview about their history, their conflicts, and what it means to have fun again while being in OMD.

Dennis Shin
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It's 10:15 on a Midsummer Night. Do You Know Where Your Favorite Artist Is?

Odds are, your favorite artist is out tonight busking, either on stage or by infusing the airwaves. The ongoing decline in revenues from music sales has forced artists to rely on touring and licensing to make ends meet.

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Good vs. Evil: The Inner Struggle of SXSW

There are a number of ways to view SXSW's growth. The most cynical response, voiced by those ranging from veterans nostalgic for a simpler experience to current artists chafing under the brutalist constraints of a 15 minute showcase slot is to simply cry “sellout".

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SXSW Music 2013 - Weekender

PopMatters highlights some of the remaining opportunities to catch artists who may be on the last legs of their SXSW gauntlet, or are expected to use SXSW as a springboard for shows this spring.

Dennis Shin
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SXSW Music 2013: A Preview of Coming Attractions

SXSW Music swings into full gear today. During the course of SXSW music, our team will bring you reports from the field, offering an impressionistic look into topical issues, industry trends, and memorable moments from the 27th edition of SXSW.

Dennis Shin
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Shock to Your System: An Interview with Tegan and Sara

Initially, fans were understandably skeptical about Tegan and Sara's big mainstream makeover for Heartthrob -- and then they heard it.

Dennis Shin
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SXSW Music 2012: Santigold + Best Coast + Grimes + YACHT

Recapping some of the SXSW fun featuring Santigold and Best Coast and the troubles for Grimes and YACHT.

Dennis Shin
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SXSW Music 2012 Recap: Andrew Bird + Alejandro Escovedo and Friends

Andrew Bird was a fitting conclusion to the NPR showcase and Alejandro Escovedo's closing party is an annual highlight of SXSW.

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SXSW Music: The Day Party Roundup

Greetings from Austin!

Dennis Shin
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10 Memorable Moments from Last Year's SXSW Music Conference

With the 2012 South by Southwest Music Conference currently underway, Sound Affects lets you know about ten moments you might have missed at last year's event.

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Behind the Barn: An Interview with Andrew Bird

He whistled his way through The Muppets, soundtracked the film Norman, and has now selfishly recorded his own new effort Break It Yourself on a farm in Western Illinois. Welcome to the wonderful world of Andrew Bird, who gives PopMatters a guided tour through it.

Dennis Shin
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10 Must-See Artists at SXSW in 2012

With this year's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference kicking off next week, Sound Affects assembles a list of 10 acts to check out on your visit to Austin, Texas.

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POP Montréal: Ten Years on the Cutting Edge (Part 1)

POP Montréal. One part artist showcase, one part music appreciation lesson, and one part street party, POP, like other top destination events, is as much about a place and a time, as it is about the performances, creating a series of memorable moments.

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From Touring Carnival to Destination Festival: Lollapalooza at 20

When Lollapalooza disappeared from view in 1997, it seemed that a good idea had run its course. But the end of the road for Lollapalooza as a tour turned out to be just the first part of its story.

Dennis Shin
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DeLuna Fest 2011: America's Original Beach Party Returns to the Gulf Coast

When it comes to location, Pensacola Beach is one of the most unique destinations for a music festival. It helped ensure the second year of DeLuna Fest was a logistic and artistic success.

Dennis Shin
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20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Terribly

In this third and final installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that the passage of time has been especially unkind to.

Dennis Shin
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Making Pop Music as Literary As Possible: An Interview with John Wesley Harding

Keeping up with the variety of passions and activities of John Wesley Harding can be such a challenge that you're best off spending an evening with him, as he plays Master of Ceremonies at the Cabinet of Wonders, the mixed-media carnival that he hosts with comedian Eugene Mirman.

Dennis Shin
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The Power of Communion: A Chat with Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett didn't like the way that the world of booking and promoting musicians was being handled -- so he completely reinvented it.

Dennis Shin
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Lollapalooza 1991: The Underground As a Community

Originally conceived of as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza turned into something even grander: Woodstock for Gen X.

Dennis Shin
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The Value of CMJ: Festival Kicks off Today in NYC

Exploring CMJ 2011 as it kicks off today. The state of the world is much different, for better of worse, from the time of the first CMJ conference in 1980. So what can CMJ Music Marathon attendees expect? Using 2010 as a guide...

Dennis Shin
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20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Well

In this second installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that have, remarkably, stood the test of time.

Dennis Shin
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You Probably Get That a Lot: An Interview with They Might Be Giants

After the multiple Grammy wins and the numerous acclaimed children's albums, They Might Be Giants finally get back to making some good ol' fashioned alt-pop, and are here to tell PopMatters all about it ...

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