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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Have You Registered for the EMP Pop Conference Yet?

posted by on April 8 at 10:54 AM

The annual EMP Pop Conference is this weekend, and if you’re a big music geek (or even a regular-sized music geek), you should really consider going (you can register here). It’s a whole weekend of lectures, panels, and open discussions about pop music, featuring a pretty impressive bunch of eggheads and artists, and it’s free! So even if Robert Christgau, Greil Marcus, and Charles Mudede turn out to be boring gasbags (not bloody likely), you still get your money’s worth. This year’s theme is the promising, “Shake, Rattle: Music, Conflict and Change,” with presentations examining such intersections of pop music and political struggle as the all-ages movement, rave’s reaction to England’s Criminal Justice Act, and any number of protest songs. Full abstracts and presenter bios can be found here.

Plus, there’s a lunchtime performance by Blue Scholars on Saturday. And there’s great shows at the Vera Project Friday and Saturday night, so you could go geek on music all day and then have all them highfalutin words blasted right out of you by Iron Lung, Yellow Swans, Old Haunts, Coconut Coolouts, and more. I had a blast last year, and I’ll be there again this weekend.

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Last year's was great, very much looking forward to catching part of this year's conference. It's especially fantastic that they're able to make registration free.

Posted by josh | April 8, 2008 11:29 AM

I think the free-ness is courtesy of Rhapsody. Or Zune. Some combo of the two. Anyway, Grandy, I will see you there!

Posted by Katelyn | April 8, 2008 12:30 PM

This will be my fifth Pop Conference. Hope to see many familiar faces.

Posted by mackro mackro | April 8, 2008 12:55 PM

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