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Lit Up: The National's 'Alligator' and the Hope of Indie Rock
The National's seminal 2005 album Alligator shows the band, like America, to be lit up by white lights even as it is surrounded by darkness. [1.Oct.14]
'Papers, Please' and the Bureacracy of Play
By Timothy Kennett
Lucas Pope's "bureaucracy simulator" both satirizes our information culture and reveals just how much we love mundane, everyday tasks. [30.Sep.14]
An Interview with 'Two Faces of January' Writer-Director Hossein Amini
"There’s something about identity I think is very fascinating and the idea of people having secrets and I think we all have that in our life." [30.Sep.14]
How Women Dominated Pop Music in the '00s
We owe it to ourselves to recognize the many women in pop music that made an undeniable impact on popular culture and the world at large. [29.Sep.14]
Three Great Albums Fade in Reflection
Despite their canonical status, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Oracular Spectacular, and White Blood Cells lack the staying power of truly great albums. [26.Sep.14]
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Imagine Batman, the whole of the intellectual property, the full weight of publication and production history, now 75 years on from its inception, and imagine it as a town.[26.Sep.14]
Hip-hop's turn for the weird in the '00s ended up being one of the smartest moves it could take. Forget the old guard; 21st century hip-hop succeeded in improving on its forebears. [25.Sep.14]
“My own views on continuity are something of a mixed bag. Basically, I think the massive, over-populated mainstream superhero worlds create opportunities for interesting, inventive interactions between the disparate characters…”[25.Sep.14]
The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.[24.Sep.14]
It's been a life-changing five years for Bill DeMain and Molly Felder since the last Swan Dive album, but their new music is still warm and enveloping, often wistful and nostalgic, and always memorable.[24.Sep.14]
Sondre Lerche dealt with a difficult divorce going into the sessions for his latest album, Please, but it's the greatest thing he's ever done, and tells us about the saxophone solo that may have changed his life (yes, it's on the record).[23.Sep.14]
The jazz of the '00s jumped past the great divide of earlier years, obliterating the distinction between tradition and avant-garde, jazz and pop, letting the genre blossom.[22.Sep.14]
By PopMatters Staff
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.[22.Sep.14]
Craig Ferguson has won his own game show in becoming a celebrity, and he's parlayed his winnings into being the host of The Celebrity Name Game with a chance to challenge the institution that turns so many everyday people into predictable, cookie-cutter contestants.[22.Sep.14]
What writer-artist Dean Haspiel and co-plotter Mark Waid achieve with Red Circle’s The Fox: Freak Magnet is nothing short of amazing—the simultaneous dismantling and honoring of the golden age of pulp.[19.Sep.14]
Mike Watt has been in so many iconic bands that it's sometimes easy to lose count, but now, with a stripped-down Italian trio called il sogno del marinaio, Watt is doing his most daring work yet ...[18.Sep.14]
This summer gone, it’s Daniel’s first time at Comic-Con. But it’s beginning to feel like all our first times, again…[18.Sep.14]
By William Rosenbeck
Following its name change, Parsonsfield, New England's most exciting folk band, is letting its music speak for itself.[17.Sep.14]
By David Chiu
Drummer Matt Johnson shares his reflections 20 years later on working with Jeff Buckley and recording what turned out to be a masterpiece, 1994's Grace.[16.Sep.14]
Despite years of wonderful work, it’s taken Juliette Lewis almost two decades to land her first flat-out great leading role: Kelly & Cal.[16.Sep.14]
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