Associate Professor of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University.
"You Can't Plan a Jam": An Interview With Dean Ween | 19 Oct 2016 // 9:00 PM
"If it's going somewhere, it might get a bass solo and a drum solo for two minutes. But that's jamming, you know?"
"I Want to Feel Something Real": An Interview With St. Paul and the Broken Bones | 6 Sep 2016 // 9:00 PM
Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones talks with PopMatters about the band's quick rise and the inspirations, faith, art, and business behind new album Sea of Noise.
However Living Better Now: An Interview with Rob Crow | 2 Mar 2016 // 9:00 PM
Rob Crow of Pinback talks with PopMatters about the music industry, getting in shape, sleeping at night, and returning to the road with new group Rob Crow's Gloomy Place.
"It Can't Just Be Killing All the Time": Josh McDermitt of 'The Walking Dead' | 14 Oct 2015 // 9:02 PM
Josh McDermitt of The Walking Dead talks with PopMatters about his character Eugene, intense fan responses, and how to stay alive on AMC's hit series, now entering its sixth season.
Where Have You Gone, Monsieur Hulot? | 21 Jul 2015 // 9:02 PM
Persistent themes of Jacques Tati’s films were work and play, two forces in conflicting or complementary relationships, always inspiring creativity regardless of configuration.
An Interview with Lance Bangs of Young Americans //18.Aug.13
'Kid A': The Audio File //1.Nov.10
Real Feelings: An Interview with Spiral Stairs //16.Feb.10
Mobiles Chirping, Plates Spinning, Sirens Singing: Radiohead's 21st Century Digital Noise //24.Aug.09
La Grande Bouffe & Tales of Ordinary Madness //27.May.09
Dogs, Dialectics, and Academy Awards | 23 Feb 2017 // 9:30 PM
Controversies involving A Dog's Purpose, The Birth of a Nation, and Last Tango in Paris reveal that access to more offscreen information can lead to greater accountability.
Lost and Found: A 'Blair Witch' Postmortem | 26 Oct 2016 // 9:00 PM
As the latest Blair Witch exits cinemas, PopMatters asks what was the aura of the first Blair Witch Project, and has it been lost?
From Curiosity to Denial: The Case of 'An Open Secret' | 2 Aug 2016 // 9:15 PM
The failure of An Open Secret to connect with a wide audience speaks to the persistence of denial when the perpetrators of child abuse populate the entertainment industry.
On Entertaining Terror: Film v Television | 7 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM
While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.
There Are No Accidents on 'Mulholland Drive' | 12 Jan 2016 // 9:30 PM
David Lynch's film unfolds in a series of desires, warnings, and deals that are often made under duress by unseen malevolent forces, or motivated by darkness within.
Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC //29.Oct.15
Does Reality Television Need 'The Profit'? //29.Jul.15
The Ethics of Death-Defying Media //26.Apr.15
'The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One' Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation //19.Oct.14
'The Purge': Lawful, But Not Helpful //6.Aug.14
Living and Dying for Silent Film //28.Jul.14
Scorsese vs. Scorsese: Tales of Two Dreamers //15.Apr.14
The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them //22.Jan.14
The End of the Beach Boys' Summer //6.Aug.13
Warning! These Films Contain Madness //13.Jun.13
The Tabloidization of Errol Morris //26.Jan.12
Weighing In: Fitness Films and Ordinary People //16.Aug.11
Flash Over Substance: ‘Broadcast News’, Redux //21.Mar.11
Joe Goddard: Electric Lines | 16 Apr 2017 // 9:30 PM
Hot Chip's Joe Goddard takes a solo turn with Electric Lines.
Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me | 19 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
A Crow Looked at Me is a masterpiece in the manner of A Grief Observed and “She Will Find What is Lost”. These works create a special communion between creator and observer.
Lowly: Heba | 7 Feb 2017 // 9:30 PM
On debut album Heba, Lowly is skilled at communicating new ideas about the shape of pop to come.
Rob Crow: You're Doomed. Be Nice. | 1 Mar 2016 // 9:30 PM
Pinback's Rob Crow returns to releasing music with a new band, a new album and questions of worth and faith.
Eleanor Friedberger: New View | 17 Jan 2016 // 9:30 PM
New View is best appreciated with a deep and unhurried engagement, as the full album in full fidelity offers many distinctive pleasures.
Various Artists: Aquabear Legion Volume 5 //20.Oct.15
Low: Ones and Sixes //3.Sep.15
Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show //23.Apr.15
Philip Selway: Weatherhouse //9.Nov.14
Pattern Is Movement: Pattern Is Movement //1.Apr.14
Midlake: Antiphon //13.Nov.13
The Heavy Blinkers: Health //2.Oct.13
Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 1) //24.Sep.13
CocoRosie: Tales of a GrassWidow //5.Jun.13
Atoms for Peace: Amok //25.Feb.13
Tenacious D: Rize of the Fenix //16.May.12
Stratified Society Depicted Brilliantly 'Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Ed.' //19.Apr.12
Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light //15.Apr.12
The Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions //15.Dec.11
Nurses: Dracula //28.Sep.11
Eleanor Friedberger: Last Summer //10.Jul.11
'The Lucksmiths: Unfamiliar Stars' Is a Fun and Fitting Sendoff for this Hardworking Band //26.Apr.11
Gossip As Gospel in 'Sweet Smell of Success' //24.Mar.11
Lucinda Williams: Blessed //27.Feb.11
Danielson: Best of Gloucester County //24.Feb.11
'I'm Still Here', Pay Attention //16.Jan.11
'Inception': The Burden of Dreams //6.Dec.10
Daft Punk: Tron Legacy //5.Dec.10
'Glory Daze' Series Premiere //15.Nov.10
Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz //11.Oct.10
The State: Comedy for Gracious Living //6.Oct.10
Animal Collective and Danny Perez: ODDSAC //26.Aug.10
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs //1.Aug.10
Mystery Train: It Feels Cool to Be In Memphis //24.Jun.10
'The A-Team' Is a Cynical '80s Retread //11.Jun.10
David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer //10.Jun.10
Tobacco: Maniac Meat //26.May.10
Dan Deacon: Woof Woof EP //10.May.10
Future Islands: In Evening Air //6.May.10
Liars: Sisterworld //8.Mar.10
We Live in Public //8.Mar.10
Callan, Set 2 //18.Feb.10
Lorna's Silence //15.Feb.10
Dirty Projectors: Temecula Sunrise EP //4.Feb.10
Beach House: Teen Dream //27.Jan.10
Big Fan //27.Jan.10
Animal Collective: Campfire Songs //10.Jan.10
My Effortless Brilliance //16.Nov.09
All Tomorrow's Parties //2.Nov.09
Callan: Set 1 //28.Oct.09
Om: God is Good //15.Oct.09
Shudder to Think: Live from Home //4.Oct.09
Why?: Eskimo Snow //1.Oct.09
Mount Eerie: Wind's Poem //27.Aug.09
Sugar Ray: Music for Cougars //3.Aug.09
Tim Olive: The Specialist //2.Aug.09
Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm //23.Jul.09
The Fiery Furnaces: I'm Going Away //19.Jul.09
The Lemonheads: Varshons //9.Jul.09
24: Season 7 //7.Jul.09
Hermit Thrushes: Slight Fountain //25.Jun.09
Serengeti & Polyphonic: Terradactyl //23.Jun.09
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts //7.Jun.09
Eels: Hombre Lobo //31.May.09
Black Moth Super Rainbow: Eating Us //26.May.09
Just Another Love Story //14.May.09
A Camp: Colonia //27.Apr.09
Praying with Lior //21.Apr.09
Sleeper: Behind Every Mask //21.Apr.09
Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career //21.Apr.09
The Juan MacLean: The Future Will Come //13.Apr.09
Pontiak: Maker //6.Apr.09
Tetragrammaton: Elegy for Native Tongues //26.Mar.09
From the Basement //11.Mar.09
American Experience: The Polio Crusade //9.Mar.09
Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun //22.Feb.09
Live from Bonnaroo 2008 //17.Feb.09
Tenacious D: The Complete Master Works 2 //21.Jan.09
Live from Abbey Road: The Best of Season One //20.Jan.09
2015 Nelsonville Music Festival - 28-31 May, 2015 (Photos) | 3 Jun 2015 // 1:00 AM
Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.
2014 Nelsonville Music Festival (photos) | 16 Jun 2014 // 7:45 AM
The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1.
The Tenth Annual Nelsonville Music Festival - A PopMatters Interview | 15 May 2014 // 6:10 AM
The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival will feature performances by the Avett Brothers, Dinosaur Jr., the Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, and many others.
Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit (photos) | 18 Nov 2013 // 3:10 AM
My only criticism of the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is that too much great music was programmed at the same time, forcing some difficult decisions about where and when to show up. The 2014 edition cannot come soon enough.