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A Look Back but a Step Forward: An Interview with Steve Earle

Steve Earle has blazed his own trails but now, at 62, he reflects on fallen heroes, chance encounters, and how he'll always be a political rabble-rouser.

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"I Had to Step Up My Game": An Interview with Nels Cline of Wilco

In a candid interview with PopMatters, Nels Cline discusses his new double album, why it took a quarter of a century to come to fruition, and his role in the ever-evolving Wilco.

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"A Bit of Organization and a Lot of Patience": An Interview with M. Ward

When not being the Him in She & Him or producing for the likes of Mavis Staples, M. Ward just keeps puttin' out solo albums, collaborating with friends, and remaining cryptic as ever.

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"We Just Kinda Broke All the Rules": An Interview with Lucinda Williams

Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries.

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"I Never Believed in Background Music": Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes

Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date.

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"The Pressure Is Different Now": An Interview with Fred Armisen

When not working on Portlandia or leading the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL album Fred Armisen is releasing his "Hometown Heroes" series of singles under the guises of fake bands.

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"A Matter of Balance": An Interview with Phantogram

Josh Carter may be one half of the noted electronic group Phantogram, but in a few short years, the group has gone from Barsuk signees to major label heroes. Carter walks PopMatters through the creation of their excellent new record Voices.

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"I Just Let Things Happen": A Conversation with Yoko Ono

Though she turned 80 this year, Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. As her conversation with PopMatters reveals, her career continues to explore new territory -- and defy all expectations.

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"Kind of Serendipity, I Think": An Interview with Jody Stephens of Big Star

Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...

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Johnny Marr: The Messenger

A quarter century after the demise of the Smiths, Johnny Marr finally steps out into the limelight, front and center.

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Sire / Ada

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"We're Kind of Fired Up": An Interview with Ann Wilson of Heart

As Heart marks a pivotal year in their long and storied career, Ann Wilson reflects on their history, their music, and why the band confidently pushes forward in an ever-changing music business.

Music

The Gaslight Anthem: Handwritten

“I can’t move on and I can’t stay the same,” Fallon sings in “45”. That may be the most truthful revelation to be found in all of Handwritten.

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Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

When Billy Bragg and Wilco undertook the Mermaid Avenue project, they simply wanted to lead people back to the music of Woody Guthrie. What they actually achieved was so much more.

Music

Delta Spirit: Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit have explored new territory with each album, but with the exit of their former guitarist and the entrance of a new one, they go to completely foreign places.

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Persevering Through the Confusion: An Interview with The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs have always been a highly-regarded band in critical circles, but with this year's Slave Ambient, Adam Granduciel finally started breaking through. As the Album of the Year accolades start to pile up, Granduciel takes PopMatters through the creation of his masterwork step-by-step ...

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Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

Chris Isaak makes a pilgrimage to Sun Studio to record the songs of his heroes. The music-loving world smiles.

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Scandalous

If you’ve ever found yourself shaking your head at what passes for modern R&B, blues, and soul these days, Scandalous is the soundtrack to your next party.

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"In a Different Place Now": An Interview with Lucinda Williams

In her first ever interview with PopMatters, Lucinda Williams explains how her latest album, Blessed, was shaped by the dueling forces of love and death.

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None of It Seems Real: An Interview with Tim Booth of James

In an interview that traces the long history of James, Tim Booth reflects on the band’s past, discusses their current project, and drops hints about secret plans for the future.

Michael Franco
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Brandon Flowers: Flamingo

Let’s hope that Flowers isn’t the next Morrissey, putting out one brilliant album for every three duds.


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