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The Go-Betweens by Gary Canino
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Songwriter Robert Forster on his group’s nearly flawless decade.

The Go-Betweens by Gary Canino
Go Betweens 1

Songwriter Robert Forster on his group’s nearly flawless decade.

Ariel Pink by Gary Canino
Ariel Pink

Chaotic performances, live recordings, and Generation Tween.

Bill Orcutt by Keith Connolly
Bill Orcutt

Bill Orcutt discusses his new solo album A History of Every One, bending genres in Harry Pussy, Bob Dylan, authenticity, and the history of blackface.

The Pastels by Tyler Curtis
The Pastels

Stephen Pastel looks back on creating a new Pastels record, fanzines, and his courtship with film music.

Space Age New Music Weekend by Nick Hallett
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David Behrman, Tyondai Braxton, and Karlheinz Stockhausen took New York City by storm last weekend. Nick Hallett celebrates their interwoven histories and relationship to the cosmos.

Richard Youngs by Ben Chasny
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Noise shamen Richard Youngs talks to Chasny—of Six Organs of Admittance—about kazoo music, the nature of memory and Youngs’s new “country” album Summer Through My Mind.

Mohsen Namjoo by Shirin Neshat
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As a young musician, Mohsen Namjoo first captivated Iranians’ attention with his magnificent album Toranj from 2007.

Neil Michael Hagerty by Keith Connolly
Neil Michael Hagerty

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.

Mario Galeano Toro by Marc Nasdor
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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.

The Frogs’s Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise by Lynn Geller & Nic Ratner
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The Frogs, who’ve been writing and recording for 20 years, diverge (to some degree) from their basement roots to make an album with slightly more production value.

Steve Earle by David Gates
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Steve Earle’s get-down, down-home sounds cross the line from Rock to Country, and his album Washington Square Serenade, snagged a Grammy in 2008. In this 1998 interview, David Gates finds a man as complex and concise as his music.

Richard Edson by Lynn Geller
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“I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m consciously unselfconscious, which is where you want to be. Once you get there, as an actor, you’re right no matter what you do, because you’ve got the character inside of you.”

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