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Josh Indar
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Josh Indar is a recovering journalist who currently writes novels and short stories. He lives in a little college town in Northern California, where he tutors homeless & foster youth and plays in a band called Severance Package. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles. email: jvindar@yahoo.com


Features

Sunday, October 21 2012

Jamming the Pistols

While the Sex Pistols were specifically designed to cause havoc, the Jam started as a community hall dance band, doing watered-down Beatles covers and Motown standards for disinterested pub-goers and overboozed wedding guests.


Monday, May 28 2012

A Case of Nerves: An Interview with Peter Case

A founding member of the Nerves, the Plimsouls and the Breakaways talks about the timelessness of good rock and roll, and how looking back and going back are not the same thing.


Monday, October 24 2011

Now Hear This!: The Street Eaters

"I've only sliced my hands and scalp open 10 or 20 times!" This, as well as musings about whether cockroaches are more evolutionarily intelligent than humans, dominate the discussion with this fierce Berkeley twosome ...


Monday, August 29 2011

Run Red Run: Funny Song, Serious Message

The Coasters aren't thought of as particularly revolutionary, yet a single they released in 1959 was the first pop record to challenge the racism of post-World War II America.


Monday, May 9 2011

Hyphenated Bosch: A Mike Watt Interview

“I know it’s weird. All these little creatures… It’s almost like a mirror in my head broke into 30 pieces." Minutemen and Stooges bassist Mike Watt talks with PopMatters about life as a middle aged punker and his new rock opera, Hyphenated Man


Columns

Sunday, September 14 2014

Stream of (Music) Consciousness

The 'Marshall McLuhan' message borne by the MP3 revolution is clear: music is endlessly plentiful and entirely disposable. So what's the message of streaming?


Monday, July 7 2014

Nobody Should Feel Embarrassed to Read YA Fiction

Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

Somebody Gave Me an Anonymous, Amazing Gift and It Totally Freaked Me Out

I used to think stealing was subversive. Now I know I had it backwards.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

You Can Achieve Greatness! Harnessing Your Pop Culture Spirit Animal

Just as our bodies are made of recycled stars, our thoughts are spawned from bits of songs and books and movie dialogue. So what happens when your star gets old?


Wednesday, November 6 2013

Is Rock 'n' Roll Dormant, Dying or Already Dead?

Like jazz or vaudeville, rock 'n' roll faces significant cultural and technological challenges—true epochal shifts of the kind that always seem to mark turning points in history.


Reviews

Monday, January 21 2013

Powers Gets the Save: 'Eastbound & Down: Season 3'

Incapable of self-reflection, Kenny Powers relies on unholy ambition and a truck full of redneck ‘tude to cheat his way back to stardom, before he inevitably falls on his face and has to climb his way back up the ladder again.


Thursday, September 6 2012

Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings

If you haven’t heard a lot of Roxy Music but you love glam, prog or new wave, this collection is a great introduction to a band that took on all those genres simultaneously and influenced an entire generation of musicians.


Tuesday, November 16 2010

'Virtual Words': Strange Things Happen When Words Collide -- Online and In My Mind

The barrage of new words spawned by the Internet can make anyone feel like a grumpy old man, ineffectively ranting at these young steampunks to get off our damn cyberlawn. That’s where Virtual Words by Wired magazine columnist Jonathon Keats comes in.


Tuesday, September 14 2010

To Kill a King 'Assassination: A History of Political Murder'

The logic of the act seems simple: kill the head and the body will die. Yet whether perpetrated by lone kooks, G-men or secret cabals, the blowback caused by a successful assassination can be intense and uncontainable.


Monday, July 5 2010

Unlikely Allies: How Not to Run a Revolution

A wily, cross-dressing Dragoon captain, a spiteful American land speculator, a few dozen British spies, a crazy Scottish arsonist and the absurdities of French aristocracy -- this makes for a great historical tale.


Blogs

Tuesday, January 8 2013

Use Your Allusion

The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion is a welcome addition to a dwindling reference book collection.


Tuesday, October 9 2012

"I'm Just Ashamed to Sing About Love": An Interview with Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano dishes the goods on J-rock, the Ramones, and candy.


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