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Wednesday, May 21 2014

Shakespeare’s Wit and Humor, Pathos and Anger Remains Vital, 450 Years After His Birth

As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.


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.


Jolie Holland: Wine Dark Sea

With Wine Dark Sea Holland has put her own enduring stamp on American music.


R.E.M.: Unplugged 1991 & 2001 – The Complete Sessions

Too much Up and Reveal, not enough Murmur and Reckoning.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

Comet Control - “Blast Magic” (audio) (Premiere)

Here's the lead cut from Toronto band Comet Control's self-titled debut, "Blast Magic". Driving guitars, a strong low end, and a wash of psychedelic haze build a palpable intensity over the song's eight minutes.


On Madonna’s Art for Freedom: Why You Can’t Change the World with a Tweet

Madonna's Art for Freedom project proves that social media is not a productive tool for activists who want to impact public policy and alleviate human rights violations.


You Can’t Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.


Smoke Fairies: Smoke Fairies

If their previous work sounded like a misty and foreboding forest, then Smoke Fairies is the sound of perfectly manicured lawns.


Bruce Springsteen: 17 May 2014 - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT (Photos)

Following a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand, Springsteen returned to the States for a run of shows ending with two sold-out nights at Mohegan Sun.


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Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Reviews) [19.May.14]
Haley Bonar: Last War (Reviews) [19.May.14]
Johnnyswim: Diamonds (Reviews) [14.May.14]
Amen Dunes: Love (Reviews) [13.May.14]
BADBADNOTGOOD: III (Reviews) [13.May.14]
Sarah McLachlan: Shine On (Reviews) [13.May.14]
Horseback: Piedmont Apocrypha (Reviews) [13.May.14]
The Gently Subversive ‘Rev.’ (Columns) [12.May.14]
Floor: Oblation (Reviews) [12.May.14]
Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Wanderlust (Reviews) [12.May.14]
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