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He Is What He Is: The Merle Haggard Interview

The legendary "poet of the common man" talks to PopMatters about the state of country music today, his friendship with Johnny Cash and why he hasn’t liked a president since Ronald Reagan.

Rachel Brodsky
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Why?: 26 September 2009 - New York

Yoni Wolf entertained by dancing oddly about the stage and at times speaking to the audience about random things, things which perhaps only Wolf himself fully understood.

Rachel Brodsky
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Dungen:14 August 2009 - Brooklyn, NY

Dungen’s demeanor is the anti-rock star. Their onstage smiles, gratitude and grace are what sifts and separates Dungen from the pile of Zeppelin wannabes.

Rachel Brodsky
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Siren Music Festival: 18 July 2009 - Coney Island, NY

If you can get past the heat, claustrophobic audiences and remember to wear comfy shoes, then Siren can be a pleasurable experience from start to finish.

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Ida Maria: 12 June 2009 - New York

Ida Maria is a pop singer who is happy to get her hands dirty.

Rachel Brodsky
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Speakers Series: Karl Rove vs. James Carville: 26 May 2009 - New York

As the debate wore on, the questions grew more prodding, the responses fiercer (complete with finger pointing), and the audience more aggravated than ever.

Rachel Brodsky
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An Horse: 18 April 2009 - New York

An Horse stayed consistent with what their debut album advertised: Melodic and hook ridden indie pop music with a heaping helping of heartstrings being tugged.

Rachel Brodsky
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Cryptacize: 1 April 2009 - New York

I had to wonder if Cryptacize suffers from the musical version of the classic bridesmaid syndrome: Always the opener, never the headliner.

Rachel Brodsky
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Akron/Family

Perhaps the most meaningful aspect of an Akron/Family performance, and what makes them most memorable as a band in general, is the incredible willingness to involve, and be involved.

Rachel Brodsky
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Morrissey

Appearing in a crisp new shirt every 30 minutes, Morrissey pulled off an impeccably entertaining set.

Rachel Brodsky
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The Black Lips

The Black Lips played solidly, chaotically, but sadly, a bit robotically.

Rachel Brodsky
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Ida Maria

"I just wonder New York… have you got room for me?!" yelled Ida Maria into the microphone.

Rachel Brodsky

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