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The Voyage Impulse in the Music of Sting
By Scott Borchert
No matter what hat he wears as an artist, the impulse to voyage beyond defines Sting, as do the impulses that compel him to stay. [22.Oct.14]
Music Requires a Journey Out of You: An Interview with John Cowan
New Grass Revival frontman John Cowan talks to PopMatters about the tricks of being a singing bass player, the new developments in folk music, and the career-spanning feel of his latest record, Sixty. [22.Oct.14]
The Tyranny of Aspiration Culture
By Mark Palermo
Without room for doubt, uncertainty, and even self-hatred, the tyranny of Aspiration Culture prevails, and meaningful defiance is thrown out the window. [21.Oct.14]
Waiting for the Rails to Rumble: The Cycles of Rock Music
By Benjamin Barrett
The romantic sentiment that rock was better in the past and has, as they say, given up the ghost, is a charming but misguided notion. [20.Oct.14]
We Just Kinda Broke All the Rules: An Interview with Lucinda Williams
Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries. [17.Oct.14]
Recent Features
The Last of the Greats was published by Image in 2011-12, a five-issue mini-series that received deserved critical acclaim but ultimately flew under the radar, popularity-wise.[17.Oct.14]
By Ian Bell
Ian Bell explores Dylan's unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It's a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away.[17.Oct.14]
By David Chiu
Lara Meyerratken, the Los Angeles-by way of-Australia indie pop musician, returns with her first new album in four years.[16.Oct.14]
By Ryan Peters
Hannibal, unlike much-hyped pulp revival shows like True Detective and Fargo, refuses to give its audience neat answers on matters of right and wrong.[16.Oct.14]
By Katja Huru
Though a surface reading of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy suggests compelling depiction of women, underneath lies ages-old patriarchal myths.[15.Oct.14]
By Matt Bauer
He's almost single-handedly invented the Blaxploitation film genre, but as his recent collaboration with Heliocentrics proves, Melvin Van Peebles is so much more than simply a filmmaker in command of his craft.[15.Oct.14]
By Rodney Sharkey
With its Apple-sponsored free public release, U2's Songs of Innocence betrays just how far the band has come from their past, despite its attempts to bring back a Dublinesque vision.[14.Oct.14]
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke talks his new solo album, Trick, and explains how the album pushed him to make music in an entirely fresh way.[14.Oct.14]
Just ahead of tomorrow's second episode of The Flash, we present this special Iconographies on this show isn't very different from This American Life's spinoff, Serial.[13.Oct.14]
He's an iconic photographer for rock stars such as the Beastie Boys and Bruce Springsteen. Here, he talks about his first book and the stories behind some of his most memorable images.[13.Oct.14]
By PopMatters Staff
These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory. [10.Oct.14]
By Tracey E. W. Laird
An unprecedented access telling of this landmark musical showcase whose history spans dramatic changes in the nature of television, the expansion of digital media, and the ways in which we experience music.[10.Oct.14]
By PopMatters Staff
From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.[9.Oct.14]
Wytches marks a radically important turning point in Scott Snyder's evolution as a writer. And thereby hangs a tale…[9.Oct.14]
By PopMatters Staff
PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electro-R&B. [8.Oct.14]
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