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Harmony Holiday by Farid Matuk
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“I don’t want the kind of career where everything is sensible and safe; I’d rather suffer through the anxiety of wondering where I’m going next than suffer the boredom of dancing in the same safe square.”

Michael E. Veal and E. Tammy Kim’s Punk Ethnography: Artists and Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies by Michael Blair
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The book reopens questions about appropriation, intellectual property, and colonialism that followed Sun City Girls throughout their career, and also situates these questions within an increasingly globalized and digitized twenty-first century.

Stephin Merritt by Franklin Bruno
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The prolific New York lyricist digs into songcraft on the occasion of his new autobiographical album, 50 Song Memoir.

Stephon Alexander’s The Jazz of Physics and Jace Clayton’s Uproot by Paul D. Miller
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We tend to forget that it was an artist, Nam June Paik, who coined the term “electronic superhighway.” It synthesizes some of the most intriguing aspects of how art, digital media, and language intersect in today’s global culture.

Vince Staples by Simone White
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“Life has a soundtrack. And certain music is a soundtrack to a certain type of identity or feeling. 50 Cent, the Game, and those kinds of guys—they made us feel like our lives were worth nothing, basically.”

Terry Allen by Clinton Krute
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“Making music work to the lyric, and making the lyric work to the note.”

Neil Michael Hagerty by Gary Canino
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Faux reunion shows, B-sides, new-age garage music, and packing albums to the brim.

Noveller by Tobias Carroll
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Sci-fi, Texas, and the business of sonic landscaping.

The Home of Easy Credit by Whitney Curry Wimbish
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Duo improvisation for loop pedal, upright bass, and child.

Melvin Van Peebles by Lee Ann Norman
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Artistic development, near-death experiences, and the power of persistence.

Ariel Pink by Gary Canino
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Chaotic performances, live recordings, and Generation Tween.

Greil Marcus by Matthew Choate
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Rock ’n’ roll and the malleability of historical fact.

Neil Michael Hagerty by Keith Connolly
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For 25-plus years Neil Michael Hagerty has been in the business of catalytic transformation. To DC-cum-NYC punk outfit Pussy Galore, he brought a blues-guitar semiotics that helped to define a signature style of trash. He then quit to form Royal Trux with Jennifer Herrema, behind which the now-thriving Drag City record label was launched.

Joanna Newsom by Roy Harper
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I first learned of Joanna Newsom when I read a review in the UK’s Observer six years ago. I was initially struck by her beauty, and I was inspired by knowing that she was “in the world.”

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Rodney Graham by Kim Gordon
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“I admire people who make it sound easy. Stephen Malkmus makes it sound pretty easy.”

Michael “Ibo” Cooper by Kwame Dawes
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I had probably heard them on the radio. They were a popular band, after all. I know I had heard them perform in the huge cement-floored auditorium of my high school. 

Meshell Ndegeocello by Marc Anthony Thompson
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I might as well tell you straight up: I’m in love with Meshell Ndegeocello. I also should admit that I kind of slept on her exploits until I got to know her a little bit. Now I can’t imagine not knowing her or her music.

Orlando “Maraca” Valle by Ned Sublette
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Robert Pollard by Mike McGonigal
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This 43-year-old ex-schoolteacher and object of hero worship is a beer-drinking, chain-smoking basketball-playing regular dude who happens to be obsessed with experimental and psychedelic pop music.

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