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by Dawn Eyestone

27 Aug 2015

Deadline for essay pitches: Saturday September 11th

Deadline for final essay: Monday, September 28th

Submit your pitches to: PopMatters’ Features Editor Dawn Eyestone eyestone(at)

Email subject line: PopMatters / Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune, that now ubiquitous technology, got its less than humble beginning with Cher’s “Believe”.

Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

But that’s just a rhetorical question, really.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Aug 2015

PopMatters is looking for smart music writers.

We’re looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and past alongside a cultural generalist perspective with strong interests in many areas of culture.



Regular CD reviews run 500-700 words and display a knowledge of music history and real genre expertise, rather than simply “I like this” or “I hate that”. They should employ a smart look at the music within its larger cultural contexts. Capsule reviews run between 100-150 words.

by Karen Zarker

28 Jan 2014

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PopMatters seeks several essayists who are interested in writing regular, alternating essays on a range of topics in electronic music for the monthly electronic music column, The Difference Engine.

As a magazine of cultural criticism, PopMatters bridges academia and popular culture with smart, entertaining and well-researched writing. PopMatters columns are a minimum of 1,200 words and are broad in scope. We encourage the discussion of ideas over focusing on individual artists (we do a fine job of that in Interviews). See published installments of The Difference Engine here.

by PopMatters Staff

22 May 2013

In commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the release of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, PopMatters is inviting submissions for a special section devoted to all things Wu. Essays run 1,200-3000 words on any aspect of the album, on the individual MCs, the RZA’s production techniques, Wu culture, the Wu-Tang as a business model, the legacy of 36 chambers, and anything else that fits.

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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