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The 18 Ways of Beginning and Ending an Album
By Chris Kopcow
Whether by chance or by careful planning, there is an observable pattern to intros and outros in albums. PopMatters breaks down 18 of them. [28.Jul.14]
Storm in a Teacup: An Interview with Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski
Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel. [28.Jul.14]
Just Hate Nostalgia: Revisiting the Misanthropic Genius of Luke Haines
The Auteurs transcend the music of their time and place and subvert the notion of Britpop, Britishness, and the whole darkness of humanity. [25.Jul.14]
The Music Playground Presents: The Two Man Gentlemen Band Live on PopMatters
By Conor Kelley
Two Men. Eight Strings. Those are the base ingredients in a party when we’re discussing Andy Bean and Fuller Condon, aka The Two Man Gentlemen Band. [25.Jul.14]
I Never Believed in Background Music: Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes
Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date. [24.Jul.14]
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OK, I’m going to sound a little G.O.P., but ComicCon is a public good and must be defended. And you’d never guess from what…[24.Jul.14]
By Jonathan Crossley
Lana Del Rey is both sculpted by pain and feels creatively defined by it. Her recent feud with the Guardian, however, reveals that she is not entirely lost.[23.Jul.14]
Just a single thought about what Batman has come to mean over the last 75 years.[23.Jul.14]
By PopMatters Staff
To mark Merge Records' silver anniversary, PopMatters picked 25 memorable albums that help tell the label's remarkable history.[22.Jul.14]
They're the electronic group that looked for a challenge, tried tape analogue tape recording, and made their most acclaimed disc yet.[21.Jul.14]
In 2014, Telluride is the perfect encapsulation of where it has been and where it is going to be in the future.[21.Jul.14]
Sometimes, as Stuart Moore writes in Wolverine: Under the Boardwalk, you just gotta disappear.[18.Jul.14]
By Joe Sweeney
They were backup singers for Feist. A remix project happened between them. Now, Sylvan Esso's debut album is a thing to behold.[18.Jul.14]
By Nelson George
Soul Train boldly went where no show had gone before, showcasing young African Americans and the fashions and music that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel. [18.Jul.14]
By Julian Chambliss
Creative force Brandon Easton talks with Julian Chambliss about his newest documentary, the state of comics today, and the questions nobody ever asks.[17.Jul.14]
By Ellise Fuchs
"The rangers risk their lives every day because of their hope for the park, and the hope that this amazing place promises for Eastern Congo." [17.Jul.14]
By Ciarán Ó Muirthile
How can a character without voice or choice connect with players on an emotional level? [16.Jul.14]
I wrote a piece wondering why OK Go's videos were so good but their songs seemed to be lacking. It generated a lot of great responses -- and then OK Go's Damian Kulash decided to give me a ring.[15.Jul.14]
Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism. [14.Jul.14]
By Ellise Fuchs
"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.[14.Jul.14]
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