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George Russell is a writer living and working in Los Angeles. His PopMatters essays have appeared in an anthology published by W.W. Norton.


Features

Thursday, March 24 2011

Five Hot Chicks and the MPAA, Why Can't This Be Europe? Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'

PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.


Tuesday, February 22 2011

Hatchet II: Interview with Adam Green, Kane Hodder and Tom Holland

Horror film is the purest genre, as it taps into our emotions directly, without the pretense of art. "It never takes me long to get into character. It's a good thing that I have the type of job where your criminal record has no bearing on your success." -- Kane Hodder on playing Victor Crowley [Hatchet I & II]


Friday, February 11 2011

Happy 50th, Henry Rollins

A conversation with Henry Rollins, who is turning 50 this February. He discusses what it's like to get older as a celebrity, his radio show and his upcoming tour.


Thursday, September 16 2010

Chasing the Sound: An Interview with School of Seven Bells

Ben Curtis of School of Seven Bells sits down with PopMatters to discuss the music business, the psychology of being in a band and the intentionality of songwriting.


Thursday, August 12 2010

Is Free the Future of Music?

A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.


Columns

Tuesday, January 15 2013

Anonymous and the New Religion: Data

As the world is increasingly filtered through computers there is emerging a reliance on data as a belief system. Groups like Anonymous are pushing us further towards data, as they highlight the divide they see between belief and information.


Monday, October 1 2012

Waves of Grain: How World War II Created Our World

World War II changed the way we eat, live and work on such a fundamental scale that to those in the West it seems like there has never been anything other than the globalized world it created.


Sunday, August 5 2012

Standing at the Edge of a Cliff: China in Two Books

Like the scene in romantic movies where two lovers see each other from across a crowded room and begin running towards one another, culturally the US seems to be rushing towards China as fast as China is rushing towards the US.


Thursday, June 21 2012

The Politics of American Perceptions

If Republicans and Democrats were in a street fight, who would win? Beyond Red and Blue is the rare book that gracefully helps you see the legitimacy of the other side of your sacred political beliefs.


Reviews

Thursday, December 9 2010

The Last Revolution: Revisiting Matthew Collin’s 'Altered State'

This is a fascinating book that combines razor sharp historical analysis with first person accounts. This is what pop culture writing is all about.


Monday, October 18 2010

'Brilliant' Tells the History of Artificial Light and How It Has Changed Who We Are

While telling the story of the advent and popularization of artificial light, Jane Brox simultaneously tells the story of humankind's cultural evolution into the world we live in today.


Thursday, July 8 2010

What Would Happen If You Threw a Revolution and Everyone Showed Up? You'd Have a Cognitive Surplus

Clay Shirky's 'Cognitive Surplus' is presently the #1 selling book on Amazon in three categories. Sound smart at your next cocktail party by reading this review instead of the book.


Wednesday, May 12 2010

Days of Heaven Should Be Viewed As a Collection of Moments, of Still Images

Days of Heaven is a film that pushed the boundaries of film forward as an American art form. Watching it with the right kind of eyes reveals an ecstatic vision of an America that no longer exists.


Wednesday, April 14 2010

Make Way for Tomorrow

When asked about this film Orson Welles said, "My god! I watched it four times and cried my eyes out every time!" He then went on to say, "It could make a stone cry."


Blogs

Monday, November 3 2014

Jenny Lewis Channels Donna Summer in Live Video

Jenny Lewis has a new album out and is making the publicity rounds.


Friday, April 25 2014

Between Coachella Appearances, MGMT Records a Live Set

Fresh from a performance at Coachella MGMT played a set of songs at Apogee Electronics Studios in Santa Monica, CA to benefit LA-based radio station KCRW.


Wednesday, December 18 2013

Jake Bugg Plays New Album Live, Almost

Jake Bugg invited PopMatters to the studios of taste-making Los Angeles radio station KCRW for a recording session that will be aired December 23rd.


Friday, May 10 2013

Iron and Wine & Glen Hansard in Los Angeles

A no cell-phones allowed show resulted in one of the best nights of acoustic music LA has seen in recent memory, and may also result in a touring duo.


Wednesday, January 9 2013

Local Natives Record a Live Version of Their Unreleased Album

The LA band Local Natives have done the unprecedented and recorded a live preview of their new album, set to be aired on Morning Becomes Eclectic on January 11th, 2013.


The Barbaric (and Poetic) Yawp of Shelby Lynne (Notes from the Road) [3.Feb.12]
Death Cab for Cutie Plays One for You (Notes from the Road) [31.Oct.11]
A Freebie From My Morning Jacket (Notes from the Road) [14.Jul.11]
By Invitation Only - k.d. lang in Los Angeles (Notes from the Road) [2.May.11]
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