Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Benjamin Hedge Olson

Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Olson is currently an Instructor in Cultural Studies at American InterContinental University. You can contact him via LinkedIn:


Tuesday, September 24 2013

The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot

At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.


Thursday, September 11 2014

Tricky: Adrian Thaws

Adrian Thaws is one of Tricky's most successful attempts to achieve reconciliation between the strengths of his established sound, and his need to progress as an artist.

Monday, August 4 2014

Various Artists: A Rough Guide to Indian Classical Music

A Rough Guide to Indian Classical Music does a tolerably good job of giving the listener a healthy taste of what this tradition is all about, without drowning the listener in five or six CDs.

Thursday, June 26 2014

Tiësto: A Town Called Paradise

Most of the material on Tiësto’s A Town Called Paradise sounds like a Pepsi commercial.

Monday, May 26 2014

Ben Frost: Aurora

Ben Frost makes music that is at once overwhelming in its sonic intensity and at the same time, poignantly beautiful.

Tuesday, May 20 2014

Yann Tiersen: ∞

No one making music today merges the worlds of popular music, experimental music, Western classical music, and European folk music as expertly as Yann Tiersen, and is one of his most fully realized projects.

King Dude: Fear [7.May.14]
Tweens: Tweens [6.Apr.14]
Týr: Valkyrja [13.Oct.13]
múm: Smilewound [16.Sep.13]
Otep: Hydra [25.Feb.13]
Abiotic: Symbiosis [28.Nov.12]
ERAAS: ERASS [4.Nov.12]
Four Tet: Pink [11.Oct.12]
Fennesz: Fa 2012 [30.Sep.12]


Tuesday, April 1 2014

Remembering GWAR's Dave Brockie: Scumdog of the Universe, Artist, Hero

Dave Brockie forced GWAR fans to take absurdity very seriously. He gave hope to kids all over the world, suggesting that creativity, humor, and heavy metal might be infinitely more powerful than the stultifying, small-minded idiocy that they saw all around them.

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