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15 Jul 2007 // 9:00 PM

  • //PopMatters Picks: Say It Loud! 65 Great Protest Songs
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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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17 Jun 2007 // 9:00 PM

  • //DVDs
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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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20 May 2007 // 9:00 PM

  • //Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer
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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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17 May 2007 // 9:00 PM

  • //Independent Film Festival of Boston 2007
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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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30 Apr 2007 // 9:00 PM

  • //The PopMatters Summer 2007 Movie Preview
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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

  • //Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2007
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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
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PopMatters @ SXSW 2007

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

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11 Feb 2007 // 7:00 PM

  • //Super Bowl XLI: Prince(s), Winners, and Heirs Apparent
  • //category_intros
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 DVD of 2006
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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

  • //Music
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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
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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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11 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

  • //Film
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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

  • //Music
  • //category_intros
Riffing on Elvis

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

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

  • //Books
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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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19 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

  • //Culture
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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

  • //Books
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Bookmarks For Everyone: The Best Books of 2005

Fiction or non-fiction, censored, scorned or adored, we were captivated and seduced by 2005's offerings, from a surprise death in the new Harry Potter to the 'truth' of the afterlife in Mary Roach's Spook. In a list comprising the best graphic novels, short story collections, memoirs, and rants, here are the best of 2005, PopMatters-style

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15 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

  • //Sports
  • //category_intros
Three Ways of Looking at a Super Bowl

As the name implies, the Super Bowl is a big deal. It's annually one of the most watched television programs in the world and, this past week, over 90 million people tuned in to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers trump the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. But was that all they saw?

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3 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

  • //Books
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Deceitful (Above All Things): The James Frey and J.T. LeRoy Scandals

The dual deceptions of memoirists James Frey and J.T. LeRoy have raised questions about truth in creative non-fiction, the publicists' role in promoting that truth correctly, and just what "memoir" means...

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

  • //Film
  • //category_intros
PopMatters Picks: The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2005

Fiction or non-fiction, censored, scorned or adored, we were captivated and seduced by 2005's offerings, from a surprise death in the new Harry Potter to the 'truth' of the afterlife in Mary Roach's Spook. In a list comprising the best graphic novels, short story collections, memoirs, and rants, here are the best of 2005, PopMatters-style

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19 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

  • //Music
  • //category_intros
PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2005

Looking for gift solutions that will help you avoid the phrase, 'Not another tie'? PopMatters selects some of the year's best (and most unique) music, DVDs, and books for this season of giving.

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"Paddy Chayefsky's adaptation of Marty may be a period piece, but it's a heck of a piece nonetheless.

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