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PopMatters Editor & Publisher

Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet’s early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


Monday, January 27 2014

Now Hear This!: Parker Millsap - 'Parker Millsap' (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Parker Millsap's self-titled album, the latest from the wise-beyond-his-years 20-year-old Americana songwriter.

Wednesday, February 13 2013

Stubborn Heart - 'Lovetape' Valentine's Mixtape (PopMatters Premiere)

The UK's amazing electro-soulsters Stubborn Heart share with PopMatters an exclusive Valentine's Day mix for this most romantic of days.

Sunday, December 15 2002

Best Music of 2002: Sarah Zupko

Sunday, December 16 2001

Best of 2001: Sarah Zupko

Sunday, December 17 2000

Best of 2000: Sarah Zupko


Sunday, September 23 2007

The Dragons: BFI

A rare lost gem thankfully resurrected, perfect for the headphones and the stereo stack.

Wednesday, September 5 2007

Alamo Race Track: Black Cat John Brown

Monday, September 3 2007

Patrick Cleandenim: Baby Comes Home

Patrick Cleandenim loves Scott Walker. That much is clear from the rich, poppy orchestrations of his '60s gazing tunes.

Thursday, August 30 2007

Heidi Mortenson: Dont Lonely Me

Sultry, silly, soulful, playful, gender-bending, pop experimentalist... Heidi Mortenson is all this and more.

Wednesday, August 29 2007

The Loves: Technicolour

This new pop collective from Cardiff, Wales has a deep, abiding love for the most sugary, candy-coated concoctions from the '60s.

Coldplay / JJ72 [29.Nov.01]
Sam Prekop [31.Dec.94]
Rialto [31.Dec.94]
Vitro, Distort [31.Dec.94]
Whistler [31.Dec.94]
Looper, Up A Tree [31.Dec.94]
Lilys, The 3-Way [31.Dec.94]
Muse, Showbiz [31.Dec.94]
Suede, Head Music [31.Dec.94]
Atau: Biorhythms [31.Dec.94]
Blur: 13 [31.Dec.94]
Owsley [31.Dec.94]


Thursday, April 9 2015

Jessie Ware Performs "Say You Love Me" on 'The Late Late Show'

British neo-soul singer Jessie Ware performed "Say You Love Me" last night on The Late Late Show last night. The song is a gorgeous, R&B slow-burner that escalates to soaring pop anthem.

Thursday, March 12 2015

Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers - "Trailways Ramble" (video)

Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers are one of the most interesting bluegrass/Americana offshoots in recent memory.

Thursday, November 6 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Neo-old-timey string band Old Crow Medicine Show released one of the best Americana albums of the year in Remedy.

Thursday, October 9 2014

King Khan and the Shrines Play KEXP (video)

Psychedelic soul band King Khan and the Shrines played an incindiery show on KEXP back in March and today the radio station has released the videos on YouTube.

Thursday, September 25 2014

Marc Martel - "The Mercurotti" (A Duet with Freddie Mercury and Luciano Pavarotti)

Nashville's Marc Martel records a tribute to two of his favorite singers, Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury.

Coastal Cities - "Entropic" (video) (Mixed Media) [10.Apr.13]
The Steeldrivers - "Can You Run" (2010) (Mixed Media) [18.Jul.12]
Socalled - "Sleepover" (MP3 / video) (Mixed Media) [17.May.11]
MGMT - Live on Letterman (video) (Mixed Media) [12.May.10]
Ozomatli - "Gay Vatos in Love" (video) (Mixed Media) [11.May.10]
Theresa Andersson - "Oh Mary" (video) (Mixed Media) [6.May.10]
Interpol - "Lights" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [28.Apr.10]
The Breakestra - Sample Land (video) (Mixed Media) [17.Mar.10]
Yes, the iPhone Can Do Anything (video) (Mixed Media) [11.Feb.10]
The Complete National Geographic (Consuming Consumables) [18.Dec.09]
Sacred Music (Consuming Consumables) [18.Dec.09]
Wallpaper City Guides (Consuming Consumables) [17.Dec.09]
Wii - Nintendo (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.09]
Jazz (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.09]
Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World (Consuming Consumables) [4.Dec.09]
Gourmet Today (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.09]
Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection (Consuming Consumables) [2.Dec.09]
The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road (Consuming Consumables) [1.Dec.09]
The Food of a Younger Land (Consuming Consumables) [30.Nov.09]
The Knowledge Book (Consuming Consumables) [29.Nov.09]
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong (Consuming Consumables) [24.Nov.09]
Fame dir. Kevin Tancharoen (trailer) (Mixed Media) [18.Jun.09]
Cursive - "I Couldn't Love You" (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Jun.09]
Adele - "Hometown Glory" (live) (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Jun.09]
Basement Jaxx - "Raindrops" (video) (Mixed Media) [9.Jun.09]
MGMT - "Kids" (video) (Mixed Media) [4.Jun.09]
Regina Spektor - "Eet" (video) (Mixed Media) [3.Jun.09]
"The Beatles: Rock Band" (trailer) (Mixed Media) [2.Jun.09]
Clinic - "Oboe Round" (video) (Mixed Media) [1.Jun.09]
Tiga - "Shoes" (MP3 / video) (Mixed Media) [4.May.09]
Jarvis Cocker - "Angela" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [20.Apr.09]
Steve Earle - "To Live Is to Fly" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [19.Apr.09]
Dale Watson - "Truckin' Man" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [14.Apr.09]
Fever Ray - "When I Grow Up" (video) (Mixed Media) [25.Mar.09]
Blur - "13" Video Collection (video) (Mixed Media) [18.Mar.09]
Seth Walker - "Rewind" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [16.Mar.09]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Zero" (video) (Mixed Media) [11.Mar.09]
Various Artists - Ram on L.A. (MP3s) (Mixed Media) [1.Mar.09] - "Benga Beating" (video) (Mixed Media) [26.Feb.09]
Laura Barrett - "Bluebird" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [19.Feb.09]
Plushgun - "How We Roll" (MP3 Premiere) (Mixed Media) [18.Feb.09]
Elizabeth Willis - "One" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [12.Feb.09]
Raul Malo - "Lucky One" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [12.Feb.09]
Ladytron - "Tomorrow" (video) (Mixed Media) [11.Feb.09]
The Lovetones - "Journeyman" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [9.Feb.09]
Oasis - "Falling Down" (video) (Mixed Media) [4.Feb.09]
Ticketmaster and Live Nation to merge? (Sound Affects) [3.Feb.09]
Everyone's a Twitter (Sound Affects) [3.Feb.09]
K'naan - "ABC'S" (video) (Mixed Media) [2.Feb.09]
John Forté - "Homecoming" (MP3/video) (Mixed Media) [30.Jan.09]
Grails - Acid Rain (video/MP3) (Mixed Media) [29.Jan.09]
Staff Benda Bilili - "Polio" (video) (Mixed Media) [29.Jan.09]
Southeast Engine - "Black Gold" (Mixed Media) [29.Jan.09]
Ben Kweller - "Fight" (video) (Mixed Media) [29.Jan.09]
Strand of Oaks - "End in Flames" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [28.Jan.09]
London (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.08]
American Experience: The Presidents Collection (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.08]
Cobain Unseen (Consuming Consumables) [15.Dec.08]
slotMusic Player and slotMusic cards (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.08]
Casablanca: Ultimate Collectors Edition (Consuming Consumables) [12.Dec.08]
The Clash (Consuming Consumables) [11.Dec.08]
Art of the Modern Movie Poster (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.08]
The Cosmos Rocks Collectors Edition Vinyl Box Set (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.08]
Psycho/Rear Window/Vertigo (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.08]
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.08]
Mad Men: Season One (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.08]
Apple iPod touch (Consuming Consumables) [8.Dec.08]
Creepy Archives Volume 1 (Consuming Consumables) [8.Dec.08]
The BBC Natural History Collection (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.08]
The Rough Guide to the Best Music You've Never Heard (Consuming Consumables) [5.Dec.08]
Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.08]
Handel - Oratorios (Saul / Messiah) (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.08]
The 60s Collection (Consuming Consumables) [2.Dec.08]
LPs and CDs from Hometapes Records (Consuming Consumables) [1.Dec.08]
1001 Foods/Wines You Must Taste Before You Die (Consuming Consumables) [30.Nov.08]
The Flavor Bible (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.08]
Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy (Consuming Consumables) [25.Nov.08]
Style File: The World's Most Elegantly Dressed (Consuming Consumables) [24.Nov.08]
Engineering an Empire: The Complete Series [$59.95] (Consuming Consumables) [17.Dec.07]
James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set [$289.98] (Consuming Consumables) [13.Dec.07]
Various Artists - Number 1's [$13.98 each] (Consuming Consumables) [12.Dec.07]
Shark Week: 20th Anniversary Collection [$29.99] (Consuming Consumables) [5.Dec.07]
Biography - Legends of the Silver Screen [$44.95] (Consuming Consumables) [4.Dec.07]
TV Guide Books of Lists [$14.95] (Consuming Consumables) [29.Nov.07]
The Noël Coward Collection [$79.98] (Consuming Consumables) [28.Nov.07]
The Practice, Volume 1 [$39.98] (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.07]
ESPN 21st Century Sports Trivia [$29.99] (Consuming Consumables) [25.Nov.07]
Rock and Roll by Lynn Goldsmith [$50.00] (Consuming Consumables) [19.Nov.07]
New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund (Consuming Consumables) [18.Dec.06]
The Book of Cool (Consuming Consumables) [13.Dec.06]
LISTEN - Frank Sinatra - Sinatra: Vegas (Consuming Consumables) [11.Dec.06]
READ - SKYMAUL: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.06]
LISTEN - Various Artists: The Greatest Songs Ever (Consuming Consumables) [6.Dec.06]
LISTEN - Various Artists: Rockabye Baby! (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.06]
WATCH - Seinfield: Season 7 (Consuming Consumables) [28.Nov.06]
The West Wing: The Complete Series [$299.98] (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.06]
VIDEO: Sam Moore (Mixed Media) [11.Sep.06]
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