Thursday, July 31 2008
With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist's desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others ... others are just plain weird.
Sunday, June 22 2008
With no mud to be found, the Mediterranean close by, and an air-conditioned, indoor stage with actual audience seating, Primavera Sound seems like festival heaven. Yet the pendulum still swung wildly for our writers at Spain’s premier musical festival.
Tuesday, June 17 2008
Secondhand books and the emporiums they inhabit affect book lovers in different ways. In this four-part PopMatters special section, we step inside the world of secondhand books and demonstrate the diversity of the experiences it contains.
Thursday, May 1 2008
PopMatters looks at each month that makes up this yearly caravan of summer moviegoing, picking out the winners and wastes of time. Today: Remembrances of Summers Past: 40 Years of Movie Memories: Highlights from Gibron's popcorn moviegoing history.
Wednesday, March 19 2008
PopMatters wraps up its 2008 SXSW coverage with three pieces: Justin Follin's literary Austin/SXSW road journal, "Gutterpunks Gone Gonzo", Kevin Pearson's A to Z of the fest, and Jennifer Kelly's tips for enjoying SXSW.
Thursday, January 24 2008
It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.
Sunday, January 13 2008
Cultural wars, hard news dies hard and a female voice of a generation, Gross presents the sixth annual edition of his picks for the year's best music writing sans PopMatters.
Sunday, January 6 2008
In the past 12 months, we have gone to house shows, club shows, theater shows, arena shows. Here's the best and the worst 2007 had to offer.
Thursday, December 20 2007
Monday, October 22 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.
Sunday, October 7 2007
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
Wednesday, September 12 2007
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...
Monday, September 3 2007
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 18 2007
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.
Sunday, July 15 2007
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.
Sunday, June 17 2007
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.
Sunday, May 20 2007
Part Five: Earthquake Weather sets Strummer wandering solo through his "wilderness years" in the not so barren climate of Southern California.
Thursday, May 17 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.
Monday, April 30 2007
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.