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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s

Even if you pay no consideration to the rankings, which is always subjective, here's a great starting point for exploring some of the amazingly diverse and powerful music from the '80s that still holds up today.

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All Things Reconsidered: Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ (20th Anniversary)

The Bends is 12 songs, perfectly arranged, each running three to five minutes. Together they form the blueprint on which so many rock bands owe their entire careers, particularly those in the alternative rock fold.

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The Best Music of 2014

More than ever in 2014, the music industry as we know it was in need of saving. Any imminent doomsday scenarios may have been put off for the time being thanks to Taylor Swift.

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PopMatters Picks the Best Music of the ‘00s

With almost five years of hindsight, PopMatters' take on the Best of the '00's reveals that while some albums do outlive their hype, just as many—if not more—change upon reflection.

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9 Sep 2014 // 2:10 AM

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2013

The general consensus on 2013 is that it has been a banner year for music, one boasting a broader and deeper selection of standout performances across genres and generations than many a year in recent memory.

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Director Spotlight: Aspects of Orson Welles

From Citizen Kane (1941) to his "mutilated masterpiece" follow-up The Magnificent Ambersons to The Trial (1962), the essayists in this collection will take you on a journey into the filmic realms and mind of the filmmaker whom many call genius.

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I Am the One Who Knocks: The PopMatters’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Companion

Our two-week-long Breaking Bad special section begins today. The show is a singular entity in the most-millennial television landscape, one that is heart-wrenching as it is funny, quirky as it is visceral. Let PopMatters show you every conceivable way that one can go out in the world and truly break bad.

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For this year’s annual update, we are abiding by the weird and wacky Hollywood Foreign Press guidelines for this historically-debatable category of Musical or Comedy, which has often included some eyebrow-raising choices that range from appropriate, inspired nominees and winners to head-scratchers that sorta make sense and to the utterly perplexing.

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Aquarius Rotten: A Horde of Heavy Metal’s Rowdiest Progenitors

The heavy rock superstars of the late '60s and early '70s who inspired and nurtured metal's burgeoning years are all well known. However, there are innumerable more obscure or unheralded groups that fortified the heavy metal machine too, and many are infinitely more interesting than their more famous brethren.

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Performer Spotlight: The Women of ‘20 Feet from Stardom’

This week at PopMatters, we turn our patented “Spotlight” series on five of the incredible women featured in RADiUS-TWC’s bombastic, moving new film 20 Feet from Stardom, which chronicles the lives and careers of some of the most underrated singers in modern music history.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Books of 2012

Trust us, you'll love this.

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It was the kind of year where the best inspired a near hyperbolic amount of praise, while the worst were being condemned as the funeral bell for the entire type.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2012

As our wide-ranging coverage of the year in music shows and the music itself proves, what the best and most compelling musical expressions of 2012 have in common is that they are the products of hard work and labors of love.

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30 Sep 2012 // 11:10 PM

Code Red: Tori Amos Performer Spotlight

In celebration of the release of Gold Dust, PopMatters begins a week-long Performer Spotlight series on Amos’ career today with a very special introduction to her by those who know her work best: collaborators from across this storied and prolific career.

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Saving Grace… and Face: The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview

Again, it seems like cinema needs to save itself. Here's a preview of what the next four months have to offer.

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Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition

PopMatters updates our best performances feature with 50 new performances from the early days of film up to the present day. Watch this space for the next two weeks as we bring to your screen more iconic film performances.

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Hot Stuff: The 2012 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview

With a summer as hot as this, something's going to sizzle and something is always gonna get burned. Hopefully, this time around, it's not the audience.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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