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22 Oct 2007 // 8:59 PM

PopMatters @ CMJ 2007

PopMatters' three-day CMJ wrap-up concludes with our picks for Belles of the Ball, artists who rose to the CMJ challenge and offered the best performances of the entire event.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best of TV on DVD

Monday, 8 October: Part 1 - All Time Classics
Tuesday, 9 October: Part 2 - Outsider Influences
Wednesday, 10 October: Part 3 - The New Networks
Thursday, 11 October: Part 4 - Feasts from the Fringe
Friday, 12 October: Part 5 - Beyond the Envelope
Monday, 22 October: TV That Should Be on DVD

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12 Sep 2007 // 8:59 PM

Country’s Top 100: All-Time Best Songs

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 20-1...

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The PopMatters Fall 2007 Movie Preview

In December, fantasy will battle fact, the past will reach into the present, and as one upcoming title suggests, there will be blood... lots and lots of blood. Here is the last of what awaits us in darkened theatres this season.

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3 Sep 2007 // 8:41 PM

Fall 2007 Television Preview

Maureen Ryan offers up three takes on the new TV season: a prime-time primer on the new fall shows, a look at few of fall's TV trends in the form of nerds and rich people, and how to build the perfect TV show.

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18 Jul 2007 // 8:59 PM

The End of the Potterverse

On the eve of the publication of the final Harry Potter book this Saturday, we offer a multitude of essays on the Harry Potter phenomenon from some of America's best book critics.

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PopMatters Picks: Say It Loud! 65 Great Protest Songs

There's no time like the present for protest music. PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike.

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PopMatters Picks: The 50 DVDs Every Film Fan Should Own

Each day this week PopMatters casts its eyes upon film history and presents 10 of the best DVDs every film lover should own. Part Five: The Return of the Auteur.

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Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer

Part Five: Earthquake Weather sets Strummer wandering solo through his "wilderness years" in the not so barren climate of Southern California.

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Independent Film Festival of Boston 2007

PopMatters took a seat in dark spaces to explore the shadowy places of the human mind, as brought to light via the filmmakers at the Independent Film Festival of Boston.

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The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. Today: August films, including The Bourne Ultimatum.

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26 Apr 2007 // 9:00 PM

The 10th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Subversive behavior is encouraged, girl-watching is indulged, Hunter S. Thompson gets some respect, and the pig-out at the wrap-up Awards Barbeque begins.

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12 Mar 2007 // 8:00 PM

PopMatters @ SXSW 2007

Cook videoblogs from this year's SXSW festival, interviewing Mike Watt and Swamp Dogg in the process.

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Super Bowl XLI: Prince(s), Winners, and Heirs Apparent

We came, we saw, we snacked. From the princes on the field to the Prince on stage, PopMatters' writers present the ultimate postgame analysis of this year's ultimate game in this three-piece special section.

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2 Jan 2007 // 7:00 PM

PopMatters Picks: The Best TV, Film, and DVDs of 2006

For the past week PopMatters has been presenting the best of 2006's visual entertainment. Last week was the best TV, DVDs and film of 2006. This week look for genre picks and best performances from a range of our staff critics. On tap today: Best TV Characters 2006 Best of TV on DVD.

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10 Dec 2006 // 7:56 AM

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2006

PopMatters presents the best music of 2006 in a two-week series that began last week and has included the best 60 records of 2006, the best 20 reissues and numerous genre top 10s.
On tap today: the best and worst musical events of the year.

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30 Oct 2006 // 7:00 PM

PopMatters @ CMJ 2006

CMJ isn’t just America’s biggest music industry showcase—it’s an all-out crusade. This year some 1500 musicians, hungry for gains and glory, rise

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The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview: A Season of Musts

PopMatters provides a pertinent point of reference to all the upcoming cinematic sprawl. Instead of giving just a basic breakdown on all the movies in the mix, we've decided to offer a little well-considered guidance too.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Riffing on Elvis

Everywhere you look these days, you're seeing traces of Elvis. Whether you know it or not.

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Continuum’s Cover Lit: The 33 1/3 Series

Continuum pays homage to some the most significant albums in pop and rock history with its 33 1/3 series, a thoughtfully curated collection of books about these albums. PopMatters responds to the 33 1/3 series with a set of reviews, essays, and interviews that considers the proper role of music criticism, the vitality of the album, and books written about some smoking good music.

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