CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 29 Jan / 12 Feb]

The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview
Forthcoming releases from Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, and many others highlight what is bound to be an excellent year for progressive rock. [27.Jan.15]
'Alpha' Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou
A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses. [27.Jan.15]
Philosophy Bites Again Is a True Philosophical Gourmet
This is a dinner party in book form, although with topics such as torture, group agency, hate speech, and the afterlife, it's not for the absent-minded. [27.Jan.15]
Country Fried Rock: Jim White vs. Packway Handle Band
By Sloane Spencer
Beginning today, PopMatters will be running the weekly interview series, Country Fried Rock, which features in-depth interviews with Americana artists. This time up is the Southern Gothic master Jim White and his foray into bluegrass. [27.Jan.15]
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Oddly enough, a remake of the original game, Resident Evil HD Remaster, actually feels like the next big evolutionary leap for the series. [27.Jan.15]
Today's Articles
27.Jan.15
The Dodos: Individ
If 2013's Carrier was a meditation on loss, Indvid is a bold cry of life, with the duo returning to take inventory of themselves full of energy, poetry, and release.
Noveller: Fantastic Planet
On Fantastic Planet Noveller's Sara Lipstate spends the early parts of the record selling us on her potential, making us rethink how we hear and feel texture in music, how we understand musical structures.
Moby: Hotel: Ambient
A re-release of a Moby bonus disc shifts focus back to the one of the artist's neglected talents.
Marcia Ball: The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man
If you own a good chunk of Ball’s catalog, there is nothing essential here. If you don’t, it’s a fine introduction.
The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview
Forthcoming releases from Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, and many others highlight what is bound to be an excellent year for progressive rock.
Jean Grae: That's Not How You Do That: An Instructional Album for Adults
Jean Grae is deep in the no-fucks-to-give phase of her career, and it's kind of great.
Country Fried Rock: Jim White vs. Packway Handle Band
Beginning today, PopMatters will be running the weekly interview series, Country Fried Rock, which features in-depth interviews with Americana artists. This time up is the Southern Gothic master Jim White and his foray into bluegrass.
Jake Xerxes Fussell: Jake Xerxes Fussell
Even with all the history built into these songs, Fussell emerges as a vital new singer, musician and torch bearer for every true sound he's come across to now.
Kaiser Chiefs - Falling Awake (audio) (Premiere)
The latest from these Leeds rockers is a synth-driven, catchy number that sets the stage brilliantly for their next LP.
Set and Setting: A Vivid Memory
The heavy riffs, dynamic contrasts, and general atmosphere make this album an enjoyable listen, but it lacks the musical stickiness that makes the songs linger after it ends.
Bionik - Helikopter (feat. Griffen) (video) (Premiere) (album announcement)
Subwoofers beware: with his latest album, Sonik Boom, Stefon "Bionik" Taylor is ready to rumble floors and dance clubs the world over.
10 Talented Kids That Grew Up to Be Adult Stars
Whoever came up with the phrase "life is wasted on the youth" has some explaining to do to these ten incredible talents.
A Convent Goes Psycho-Sexual in 'The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio'
Based on the detailed notes from the original Roman Inquisition investigation long buried in a Vatican archive, Wolf unravels a tale of religious madness and power trips.
Philosophy Bites Again Is a True Philosophical Gourmet
This is a dinner party in book form, although with topics such as torture, group agency, hate speech, and the afterlife, it's not for the absent-minded.
'American Experience: Edison' Captures the Inventor's Practical and Imaginative Spirit
Just as Thomas Edison represented the America of his time, so too does he represents the America of our time in his try-and-succeed, try-and-fail methodology.
'Secret Agent: The Complete Series' Out-Bonds James Bond
Patrick McGoohan's John Drake, superhero for the Cold War era, just might be the coolest hero of all time -- yes, even more than James Bond.
'Alpha' Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou
A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses.
When B's Get an A-Minus: 'Island in the Sky' and 'Betrayed'
Although their DVD releases are bare-bones, Island in the Sky and Betrayed both benefit from their recent restorations from Fox and Warner archives.
The Return of the Big Red Cheese: The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1
After the tour de force of last issue's Pax Americana, this issue demonstrates conclusively that Grant Morrison is a master of all the genres in the comicbook superhero playbook.
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Oddly enough, a remake of the original game, Resident Evil HD Remaster, actually feels like the next big evolutionary leap for the series.
Lisa Fischer: 8 January 2015 - New York
Headlining the first of six sold-out shows at New York's Jazz Standard, Lisa Fischer stirred the soul in a spellbinding 60-minute set.
Recent Articles
Monday, 26 January 2015
The Trials and Tribulations of Dirty Harry Callahan
Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!
Between the Stripes of That Sunlight Sound: An Interview with the Go-Betweens
With the first intensely exhaustive box set of their career released, Robert Forster reflects on a first-time bass player, a film critic, and himself helped change the very face of rock music.
The Final Season of 'Better Off Ted' Reminds Us That We Were Better Off With It
Better Off Ted was cancelled too early, and this truncated final season doesn't give any real closure. What it does give us, however, is more hi-jinks and zany creativity.
Björk: Vulnicura (Take 1)
Björk's devastating ninth album Vulnicura, brutally chronicles the dissolution of her relationship with longtime partner, avant-garde NY filmmaker and sculptor Matthew Barney.
This Collection of the Band's Memories Makes Led Zeppelin Actually Likeable
No matter how grandiose the Led Zeppelin legend gets, hearing the golden gods tell their tale is both astounding and more real than anything anyone could ever make up.
Björk: Vulnicura (Take 2)
By escaping from her grandiose visions to dwell in her own head, Björk has made a stark and overwhelming record that proves she still has an abundance of ideas to explore, even at a detriment to herself.
Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album
Jan St.Werner's huge, vibrant Miscontinuum Album is spellbinding -- and could use fewer guests.
Chris Hickey: Love Away
Intimations of mortality echo throughout this fifth solo release from the contemplative Los Angeles singer-songwriter, formerly of Uma and Show of Hands.
Friday, 23 January 2015
Miraculous Metropolis: A Reflection on Dream Theater's 'Scenes from a Memory'
Fifteen years after its release, Dream Theater's fifth LP remains not only the quintet's truest masterpiece, but arguably the greatest progressive metal album ever made.
1995: The Year the Future Began
The world didn't just sit through the trials of both the tobacco industry and O.J. Simpson in 1995: it also welcomed in the sea changes that would shape the new millennium.
Love Everybody, Trust No One in Hinterkind
Hinterkind focuses on characterization, developing its cast intelligently and deliberately so that everyone is fully formed and multi-faceted.
Counterbalance: Weezer (Blue Album)
Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. I don't care what they say about the 352nd most acclaimed album anyway. I don't care bout that.
Johnny Depp Is Lost Once Again in the Clueless Caper 'Mortdecai'
As the eccentric art thief Charlie Mortdecai, Johnny Depp says things cleverly instead of saying clever things.
Broken Families Boxed In: 'Mommy'
Mommy reminds you that mothers are not supposed to be sexual, and that children and everyone else need boundaries on mothers' behaviors.
'Far Cry 4' Is an Adventure Game, Not a Shooter
Far Cry 4 looks and plays like a shooter, but it doesn't feel like a shooter. It is really about my quest for collectibles and the chaos that erupts along the way.
With 'Drunk History', the More Shots You Have, the More You Learn
This isn't so much a comedy classic as it is passively amusing, but Drunk History's formula works damn well... especially after you've had a few of your own.
Mark Ronson: Uptown Special
This uptown ain't so special; honestly, you're better off staying downtown.
This 'Vanity Fair' Retrospective Reveals the Spirit of the Early Decades of 20th Century America
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells is a celebration of progress, of progressives, prophecy, and prescience.
Various Artists: Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival 1977-1989
The resurgent mod scene of the late 1970s gets its due.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Every Blade of Grass: The Pros and Cons of Photorealism in Video Games
The dream of creating photorealistic video games seems odd to me when considering the medium itself, especially in contrast to other artistic mediums.
'Fluidity of Form': An Interview with Ben Watt + An Inspired Mixtape
Browsing a record shop with Ben Watt is one way to learn about those artists he admires and those that inspired him.
11 Sufjan Stevens Songs to Get Ready For His Comeback
Sufjan Stevens recently announced his first solo album in five years, Carrie & Lowell. This list of 11 of the best songs in his eclectic catalog is sure to get you back in the Sufjan mood.
A Bolder, New Hope: Star Wars #1
Marvel Comics takes its first step into a galaxy far, far away and offers plenty of reasons for more hope.
'Naked Cinema: Working With Actors' Resonates
In this absorbing volume, Sally Potter provides an exploration of the director/actor relationship that teems with insight and intelligence, offering inspiration whatever your creative pursuits.
Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson's new album experiments with dark blues and alt-country, but it fails to become truly memorable considering the risks each song avoids.
The Micro-machinery of 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker'
Mario’s out exploring the galaxy, but Captain Toad is about examining the most minute details.
Diplo: F10rida
Before becoming the go-to pop music Midas for the likes of M.I.A., Usher, and Madonna, Diplo tried damn hard to be DJ Shadow, and surprisingly, wasn't half-bad at it.
Diving Deep Into the Other Worlds of Japan's Most Famous Living Writer
Haruki Murakami is famous for his magical worlds rich in issues of identity and psychology. Strecher's book is the road map to understand the twisting, metaphysical 'Over There' of Murakami.
'Boy Meets Girl' Is a Treasure of Cinematic References
Leo Carax sculpts together cinema references and turns them into something new, only later allowing the influences behind specific pieces to make sense in your mind.
Willie Nile: If I Was a River
The answer to the album title’s rhetorical question is self-evident--Nile is the river with all the rich suggestiveness that reference implies.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Antitheism and the Art of the Hitch Slap
Before Bill Maher became the demon-du-jour for his satirical scorn of religion, Christopher Hitchens led the charge of rhetorical antitheism.
The Fine Art of Making Mistakes: An Interview with Dana Cowin
Food & Wine's editor-in-chief Dana Cowin talks about gender, politics, and mastering your mistakes in the kitchen.
A Homespun and Natural Kind of Rock: An Interview With Ultimate Painting
Drawing from the legacy of the Beatles and the Velvet Underground, the still-young group Ultimate Painting made quite a splash in 2014.
I Performed an Abortion to Save the World, and All I Got Was This Lousy M Rating
South Park: The Stick of Truth reveals the strange and ambiguous quality of entertainment rating systems.
Why the 'Selma' Snub Matters
Because of its unjustified snubbing, Selma and the artists involve now face an uphill battle in the movie industry they never should have to face.
They're Making a Movie About Ant-Man: Ant-Man #1
Ant-Man learns that living small (in his case, really small) can sometimes be better than living large if it means that you get to be with your kids, watch them grow, dry their tears, all that stuff.
Season Three of 'Girls' Might Be Its Strongest Yet
Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.
Joey Bada$$: B4.DA.$$
Every genre has its retro-revivalists, but the ones that matter are those that inhabit the role and breathe a new gust of wind through comforting styles. Enter Joey Bada$$.
'The Price of Thirst' Offers a Disturbing Analysis of Forthcoming Chaos Over Water Inequality
From California to Iraq; from Chile to India; struggles over water are coming to define the political and military conflicts of the 21st century.
Viet Cong: Viet Cong
There may not be much new to say on the subject of death, but with their self-titled debut Viet Cong offer up an evocative contention with the grim reaper.
'The Transcriptionist' Is Immersed in Words
For Lena Respass, the last transcriptionist working at New York's daily newspaper, The Record, a brief bus ride beside a blind woman changes everything.
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