Wednesday, September 30 2009
Kristofferson at times evokes Leonard Cohen, with a voice that pulls the listener into the depths of darkened barrooms, whether to share a sob story or a bit of tongue-in-cheek sagacity. His 20th album is out soon.
Monday, September 28 2009
We can debate this greatest rapper business from now until the end of time. Let's just say Jay-Z is the greatest hip-hop icon ever, and call it a day.
Sunday, September 20 2009
Western culture’s perspective of torture is complex and paradoxical; it's considered immoral, illegal, primitive, and indecent, yet it's shocking to see that torture methods continue to be used in the interrogation of prisoners of war.
Thursday, September 17 2009
Like US football, English soccer fans observe their own ritual every weekend. I spent a weekend with fans of both sports to get a taste of exactly what drives and defines these most profitable of cultural endeavors.
Tuesday, September 15 2009
Peggy Lee—the cellist, not the late singer—is nevertheless all about singing of a sort. She talks to PopMatters about creativity and collaboration in the beautiful city of Vancouver.
Sunday, September 13 2009
Rock music is the only art form that invites amateurs to perform along with the professionals – like an oversize version of Kumbaya -- and with predictable results.
Wednesday, September 2 2009
I'll take the wasabi potato croquettes that came with the lamb racks in the "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" dish (inspired by TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me") over Hard Rock's seasoned fries any day.
Monday, August 31 2009
Asexuals, also known as “aces”, have begun to assert their place as a valid and healthy sexual orientation; even SpongeBob is in on the (lack of) action.
Sunday, August 30 2009
The media is too preoccupied with the funeral arrangements of the mainstream music industry to celebrate the life that is happening elsewhere.
Thursday, August 27 2009
Quentin Tarantino drives critics nuts because he loves movies. 'New Yorker' critic David Denby drives The Rockist nuts because he hates movies.
Monday, August 17 2009
Local LGBT papers are a vital part of our community. They bind us together, and they have played a major role in the development of that community. If only they were more inclusive.
Tuesday, August 11 2009
Maybe it’s more fun to idolize or demonize public figures than to have more complex, mixed feelings about them.
Monday, August 10 2009
As the only Star Wars game that has you serving under the Empire without remorse, TIE Fighter lets you experience being a servant to a massive government just after a terrorist attack.
Monday, August 3 2009
In an era of US history marked by unprecedented strides in racial equality, suburban swimming pools seem to maintain time-warpish levels of racism.
Monday, July 27 2009
What are all of us honest-to-goodness, queer-to-the-core homosexuals to make of these wannabes?
Thursday, July 23 2009
Our new columnist and satirist Michael Brett, an 'old', curmudgeonly rock guy, recalls when he first noticed the proto-hipster. It was the Weezer show at the Aragon in 1994
Monday, July 20 2009
Ric Flair epitomizes Roland Barthes' 'perfect bastard', adopting a cowardly and devious state of jerkdom, elevating his coarse existence into some quasi-mythological state of being.
Wednesday, July 15 2009
PopShots introduces 15 Second Theater -- radically distilled dramatic readings designed to accommodate the contemporary attention span.
Sunday, July 12 2009
Practically its own highly succinct form of literature, I’ll take a good catalog over a bad magazine any day.
Tuesday, July 7 2009
Nothing like a new iPhone to make one feel self-conscious about one’s ears.