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by PopMatters Staff

8 Feb 2016

Listening to Chris  Martin’s lyrics is like falling into a pit filled with offal.

Ian King: Coldplay were compelling back when Chris Martin was a middle class college student who wanted to be Jeff Buckley and sang nonsense about how making friends in wooden houses is easy. Somewhere after the last interesting gasps of Viva La Vida, the band seems to have outsourced all creative decision making to Max Martin and a panel of Coca-Cola executives. “I’m feeling drunk and high”? To think that X&Y seemed like a low point at the time. At least Martin can still hit those nice falsetto notes. The best way to honor the memory of what Coldplay used to be is to pretend you never saw this and go give Parachutes a spin instead. [2/10]

by Jessy Krupa

8 Feb 2016

A pop culture  play-by-play of the biggest TV event of the year.

Last year’s Super Bowl, with over 120 million viewers, was the most-watched event in the history of television. In recent years, the big game has expanded into a sort of non-denominational holiday, in which there’s something for nearly everybody. But how did this year’s game, the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, fare? Read on to find out.

CBS’ coverage began at 1 PM CST with “Super Bowl Today”, their name for four hours of interviews, sportscaster analysis, trivia, and occasional on-field musical performances from artists as diverse as Sam Hunt and Seal.

by Jessy Krupa

8 Feb 2016

There were touchdowns  and fumbles in this year's mostly lackluster crop of ads, plus one commercial that left us conflicted.

This past Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, but the popularity of the Super Bowl ad—a memorable, attention-grabbing commercial that advertisers pay massive amounts of money for—is a relatively recent phenomenon.

You could easily say that this year’s offerings were among the worst yet, with too many ad-makers cobbling together the same cliches of past successes (celebrity cameos, major special effects, cute animals, etc.) in ways that felt unoriginal and boring.

Still there were some commercials that probably put a smile on your face, so here is PopMatters countdown of the five best in show.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Feb 2016

Leon Bridges resurrects  the past in a language both refined and timeless.

Stephen Wyatt: The ghost of Otis Redding lurks in Leon Bridges’ “River” as the song opens, a haunting and visceral reflection on the pains of sin. Bridges laments, “Take me in your smooth waters / I go in / As a man with many cuts / As my sins flow down in the Jordan” as the chorus soars and the collection of voices echoing the ethos of negro spirituals. The song yields to Bridges’ voice and guitar, which exemplifies the power of stripped-down production and evades studio trickery. Heaven’s hymn spoken in a language often taken for granted by the throngs of contemporary R&B artists, Bridges resurrects the past in a language both refined and timeless. [10/10]

by G. Christopher Williams

8 Feb 2016

This week we  return the topic of how love, sex, and relationships are represented in video games.

Heartseeker Ashe and Tryndamere from League of Legends (Riot Games)

Since our podcast has gone from a weekly publication every Monday to a biweekly Monday posting in more recent years, my wife had a brilliant idea. Why not post some of our substantial backlog on our off weeks?

Since Valentine’s Day is just over the horizon, it seemed most appropriate to kick off our first “Best of…” podcast with an episode from way back in 2010 in which we focused our attention on how love, sex, and relationships are represented in video games.

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