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The 10 AC/DC Songs That Are More Important Than You Think
By Jesse Fink
Jesse Fink, author of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, offers up his top 10 AC/DC songs, each seasoned with a dash of backstory. [30.Jul.14]
The Assassins' Propaganda
Black Flag isn’t interested in breaking the world into two opposing ideologies. It’s interested in how those ideologies sell themselves to a broken world. [30.Jul.14]
'Im Not the Fox I Used to Be': Wes Andersons Changing Seasons
By Kia Rahnama
Far from style over substance, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox fixates over objects to show its protagonist's inability to handle the oncoming winter. [30.Jul.14]
Horror with Friends
Fear is strangely an experience best shared with others -- even in seemingly less than social mediums, like single player video games. [30.Jul.14]
Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in 'The Wire'
On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order. [30.Jul.14]
Today's Articles
30.Jul.14
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens: Cold World
With Cold World, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens deliver funky throwback gospel-tinged soul music of the highest quality.
Goatwhore: Constricting Rage of the Merciless
Unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive, Constricting Rage of the Merciless is a thrilling ride.
Gustavo Santaolalla: Camino
Gustavo Santaolalla may have some Grammys, Oscars, and Global Globes at home, but Camino is for himself.
Claire: The Great Escape
The German synth-pop band pull an unfortunate bait-and-switch.
Matisyahu: Akeda
Akeda seems much less focused on garnering radio hits and more on delving into themes, both lyrically and musically, that Matisyahu has resisted in the past.
SZA: Z
If RZA, GZA, and Smoke DZA weren’t enough for you, we’re now throwing SZA into the mix.
The 10 AC/DC Songs That Are More Important Than You Think
Jesse Fink, author of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, offers up his top 10 AC/DC songs, each seasoned with a dash of backstory.
Everybody 'Get on Up' and #SayItLoud This Thursday at 4pm EST on @PopMatters Twitter
Stay tuned to the @PopMatters Twitter tomorrow at 4.00 pm EST as we do a live Twitter session about James Brown and the new biopic celebrating his career, Get on Up. We will be handing out prizes, including $100 iTunes cards.
The Tins: Young Blame EP
The Tins are rather plain, write kind of sappy stuff, and are just resoundingly good. Not brilliant, not special. Just good.
My Iron Lung: Relief
Competent post-hardcore that's written with vocal melodies in mind. Too bad their frontman can only handle shouting.
T Sisters: Kindred Lines
A great package of fine instrumentation, interesting voices and very good songs.
'Fallen City' and Life, as It Is, After the Earthquake
None of the answers in Fallen City seem simple, as the film offers three stories of survivors after the 2008 earthquake in Beichuan.
Have Our 'Hearts and Minds' Really Changed?
There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.
'Im Not the Fox I Used to Be': Wes Andersons Changing Seasons
Far from style over substance, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox fixates over objects to show its protagonist's inability to handle the oncoming winter.
Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in 'The Wire'
On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.
'Fourth of July Creek' Doesn't Live up to Its Janet Maslin Review
This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.
Horror with Friends
Fear is strangely an experience best shared with others -- even in seemingly less than social mediums, like single player video games.
The Assassins' Propaganda
Black Flag isn’t interested in breaking the world into two opposing ideologies. It’s interested in how those ideologies sell themselves to a broken world.
The One You See Coming: Moon Knight #5
Moon Knight #5 is a testament to the surrealization (not a word, do not use as one) of violence.
Paul McCartney: 16 July 2014 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.
Recent Articles
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Living and Dying for Silent Film
Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film.
An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins
PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.
Philadelphia Cartoonist Box Brown Explores the Man Who Lived the Myth of Andre the Giant
In telling his story in such an accessible and sympathetic way, Box Brown helps even non-wrestling fans understand what made Andre "the Giant" Roussimoff so unforgettable.
In 'The Big Chill', Cynicism is the Illusion
Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.
Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty
The innovative hip-hop duo from Seattle is back with another genre bending album.
I Was Poisoned by Arnold Lobel's Children's Fable, 'Frog and Toad'
Lobel could have done his little gay readers an immeasurable and un-parallelled service. Instead, he set us up for perpetual disappointment.
The Muffs: Whoop Dee Doo
Fresh off a short, aborted stint with the Pixies, Kim Shattuck reforms the Muffs and puts out a very solid album.
Ian McLagan: United States
McLagan has a pleasantly conversational voice. He’s a tasteful keyboard player. While he may not rock out, there’s a nice sashaying quality to the music.
Jennifer Lopez: A.K.A.
Jennifer Lopez has lost her steam since Rebirth. On her eighth album, she's never sounded so boring or flimsy.
PRISM Quartet: People's Emergency Center
Long known for performing commissioned works, PRISM Quartet release a double album of original material. It is staggeringly wonderful.
Banner Pilot: Souvenir
There's nothing groundbreaking from Minnesota punk rockers Banner Pilot on their fourth album, but it's a solid release from a solid bunch of dudes.
Monday, 28 July 2014
The 18 Ways of Beginning and Ending an Album
Whether by chance or by careful planning, there is an observable pattern to intros and outros in albums. PopMatters breaks down 18 of them.
Storm in a Teacup: An Interview with Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski
Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel.
'Shutter', 'Saga' and 'The Private Eye' Showcase the Best of What Comics Can Do
The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in.
Fifty Shades of Fail
With the release of the new teaser trailer, Fifty Shades of Grey proves that what might work in the boudoir just doesn't translate to the big screen.
#SayItLoud: Five Career Highlights of James Brown
PopMatters looks back on some of the standout moments from the Godfather of Soul, from his work in film to his identity as a "sex machine".
The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 4 & 5
Noir isn't about deduction or reasoning. It's about shaking the trees and seeing what falls out. That's what these episodes are about.
Worthy of Worship: 'Storm #1'
Ororo Munroe is considered a goddess by many, but it's how she earns that title that makes her divine.
Cinema Sabbath: On 'Heavy Metal Movies'
If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely Mike "McBeardo" McPadden's is the loudest for obsession.
'Maidentrip' Is a Journey Across the Sea and Into Adulthood
Laura Dekker was born to be a sailor, a fact she proves in her successful solo sail around the world in Maidentrip.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers provide a blistering reminder of rock 'n' roll's subversive nature with Hypnotic Eye.
'Love Child' Crosses the Line Between Real Life and Virtual Life
The parents of the dead child declared that online gaming impaired their judgment, their comprehension, their fundamental life skills.
Friday, 25 July 2014
Just Hate Nostalgia: Revisiting the Misanthropic Genius of Luke Haines
The Auteurs transcend the music of their time and place and subvert the notion of Britpop, Britishness, and the whole darkness of humanity.
On Those Who Must Work as Whores, and Those Who Can Afford to Just Play at It
The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change.
The Music Playground Presents: The Two Man Gentlemen Band Live on PopMatters
Two Men. Eight Strings. Those are the base ingredients in a party when we’re discussing Andy Bean and Fuller Condon, aka The Two Man Gentlemen Band.
Counterbalance: The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE'
I know that you’ll feel better when you send us in your letter and tell us the name of your favorite vegetable. In the meantime, this week’s Counterbalance looks at a 1967 classic, lost and found.
I Care About Story, So Why Don't I Care About These Stories?
Is story so tangential to the gaming experience that even a self-professed story-lover can play an entire game and not glean a single plot point from it all?
Chalice California (featuring STS9 + Les Claypool's Duo de Twang
Chalice provided the grooviest kicks seen along old Route 66 in some time.
Scarlett Johansson Gets Goopy in 'Lucy'
This might be as close to a point as Lucy can get, the essential illogic of movies, of illusion, of delusion.
Security Firm McAfee Posts 2014s Most Toxic Superheroes on the Internet
Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, McAfee, one of the leaders in online security, has released their list of 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes.
The Glory of 'Hercules' and the Glory of Dwayne Johnson
Sweating and bleeding, swinging maces and destroying architecture, Hercules imposes his will by way of his body, the legend becoming a truth in spite of itself.
Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Considers the Value of Illusion
Stanley rejects the very notion of an afterlife, bitterly noting, like so many Woody Allen characters before him, that our current existence is all we get.
Bob Marley and the Wailers: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)
Legend presents Bob Marley at his most unthreatening, and most anodyne. And that was intentional.
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