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Tuesday, August 19 2014

Deeper, Not Softer: An Interview with Princess Superstar

She influenced too many off-beat divas to count, but was struggling for her own record deal. Now, Princess Superstar is back, and she means business.

Monday, October 7 2013

Suiting Up: An Interview with Fred Nicolaus of Golden Suits

When not performing with Department of Eagles, Fred Nicolaus is releasing incredible music with Golden Suits and exploring a deep love of John Cheever. The connection? He tells PopMatters all about it ...

Thursday, June 20 2013

A Key Brick in the Wall of Sound: An Interview with Darlene Love

The final installment of PopMatters' Performer Spotlight on the women of 20 Feet from Stardom is a lesson in the power of love; Darlene Love that is.

Sunday, June 16 2013

The Women of '20 Feet from Stardom': Merry Clayton

As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.

Tuesday, March 5 2013

Table Talk with Tom Colicchio, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

"If we want to see change, we have to make hunger a voting issue in America." -- Jeff Bridges, Academy Award Winner & founder of End Hunger Network


Thursday, May 15 2014

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines (take 2)

It wouldn’t be a Tori Amos album without some patriarchal ass whooping and she more than delivers here.


Thursday, November 7 2013

In Praise of the One-Scene Performance: An Interview with Alfre Woodard

"As an actor, trying to do the best you can on a film, you think, do I say thank you or fuck you?" -- Alfre Woodard.

Thursday, October 24 2013

Best Supporting Actress: An Interview with 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o

"The thought of doing Patsey in a method way would have destroyed me. Destroyed me. And I felt that I owed it to Patsey’s spirit to enjoy my freedom."

Wednesday, September 4 2013

Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Strange Loop"

By the time the unexpectedly bright “Strange Loop” begins, and our Guyville journey ostensibly comes to its close, we have been so immersed in the quirks, characters, and corners of this fictitious, conceptual land that Phair’s final act is to catch us off guard. If Exile in Guyville was a thriller, “Loop” would be its masterful twist ending.

Monday, August 12 2013

Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Stratford-on-Guy"

Guyville’s penultimate track reinforces the acting, knowing contradiction that makes Liz Phair’s vision as a storyteller so unique, its memorable chorus succinctly encapsulating the album’s stresses, disappointments and grit without redundancy.

Monday, August 5 2013

Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Johnny Sunshine" and "Gunshy"

Exile in Guyville wraps up its "domestic nightmare" trope with “Johnny Sunshine” and “Gunshy”, back-to-back cautionary tales that recall and extend the album’s by now familiar themes of neglect, oppression, and destruction—both physical and emotional—within a coupling

Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Flower" (Sound Affects) [29.Jul.13]
Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Shatter" (Sound Affects) [22.Jul.13]
Strange Loops: Liz Phair - "Divorce Song" (Sound Affects) [15.Jul.13]
Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Mesmerizing" (Sound Affects) [24.Jun.13]
Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Canary" (Sound Affects) [10.Jun.13]
Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "Never Said" (Sound Affects) [28.May.13]
Strange Loops: Liz Phair – "6'1"" (Sound Affects) [7.May.13]
The Best Director Deadlock (Statuesque) [12.Feb.13]
Body-Blind? (Statuesque) [25.Jan.13]
Naomi Watts’ "Impossible" Odds (Statuesque) [15.Jan.13]
Best Picture Rewind: 1994 (Statuesque) [13.Dec.12]
Best Documentary: Detropia (Statuesque) [6.Dec.12]
The Top Tori Amos Covers (Sound Affects) [1.Oct.12]
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