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The Music Does Not Matter: Notes on Music in Literature

“Nevertheless, all across Boston, music remains awake, remains traveling from performance hall to telephone wire to private music room or bedroom, whether it can be heard or not . . ..” Jaydn Dewald roves through literature, looking at the challenges–and pleasures–of representing music in words.

Everything elseJuly 30, 2017

The High Rise on Desolation Row

“Dylan became our soundtrack, as we wrestled with confusion, living so far from home.” Philip Metres discovers a quintessentially American album while living in Russia.

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Everything elseApril 23, 2017

Standing Water

“I am eight years old, and the sun has set, and I am nowhere near Memphis, Tennessee, when Jeff Buckley slips under the surface of Wolf River Harbor.” Lee Huttner on music, mourning, and faith.

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Everything elseDecember 15, 2014

Never So Much Seething: Twenty-Five Liner Notes and a Poem for Fugazi

A look back at youth and Fugazi by Philip Metres.

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Everything elseNovember 2, 2014

Scrawl–Punk Rock for Grown-Ups: A Retrospective

“. . . the history of women making rock music is a history of women finding ways to give those qualities feminist ends: ‘Rebel Girl, you are the queen of my world.'” Stephen Burt looks back at the grown-up punk of Ohio’s Scrawl.

Everything elseSeptember 16, 2014

Notes for a One-Man-Show: An Interview with Chad VanGaalen

“…so then I just pull the cap off my marker and start to draw so that’s what I’ve kinda been focusing on lately. At the end of the day I get a lot of ideas from my drawings for sure, for music, at least.” Musician and visual artist Chad VanGaalen talks pedal steel guitars and cartoons with At Length Magazine.

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Everything elseMarch 10, 2014

Albums At Length: Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism: 10th Anniversary Edition

“Being a wordsmith has its own particular baggage that is perhaps a bit different from other avenues of artistic expression. Even a visual artist has the choice to go beyond representation, but most writers, to some degree, must rely on narrative.” Eric Gansworth looks back ten years after Death Cab for Cutie’s break-out album, Transatlanticism.

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Everything elseJanuary 6, 2014

Albums At Length: Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers

“Probably every artist—no matter their art—has a moment of wondering what they can bring to the world that is new. The ultimate criterion for artistic genius seems to be originality. But as one of my friends said, ‘Nobody gives a bloke a hard time for recording Mozart, do they?'” Ayse Papatya Bucak kicks off our Albums At Length series with a look at Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers.

Everything elseSeptember 19, 2012


Seattle bassist and composer Jherek Bischoff talks about how his life growing up on the high seas prepared him for the extremely DIY recording process for his new art-pop album Composed.

Everything elseFebruary 27, 2012

Those Who Didn’t Run

Saxophonist Colin Stetson combines jazz musicianship, rock songcraft and the physicality of a grand slam final to create a truly unique and atavistically compelling sound. Stetson took a rare moment of mid-winter’s rest to talk to At Length about his breakout year, his physical limits and his rather daunting New Year’s resolution.

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Everything elseMay 16, 2011

Claire Denis Film Scores – 1996 to 2009

Tindersticks have scored six of Claire Denis’ films, a collaboration unique on the indie side of the rock and film world. Stuart Staples talks about the origin and effect of a long partnership and explains why you won’t see the band in the credits of the Avatar sequel.

Everything elseFebruary 22, 2011

Electric Fruit

Mary Halvorson may be the future of jazz guitar, but her future might not be in jazz. She talks about Electric Fruit–her newest trio release with Weasel Walter and Peter Evans–crossing musical boundaries, and how planets can really mess up your life.

Everything elseDecember 7, 2010


Matthew Friedberger, one half of the sibling nucleus of The Fiery Furnaces, talks about about his new recording series, Solos, in which he uses six different instruments to create six different albums, and his perversely scrupulous compulsion to leave audiences unsatisfied.

Everything elseOctober 19, 2010

Shale and Sandstone

Jack-of-all-trades Douglas Kirby takes us on a trip through time, space and Shale and Sandstone, his new solo release under the name From a Fountain.

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Everything elseAugust 16, 2010

Oh and O

Markus Popp’s sonic project Oval has been credited with pioneering the influential genre called “glitch.” Now, after nearly a decade of silence, Oval has returned with a decidedly new musical direction. At Length speaks with Popp about this metamorphosis and previews a new track.

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