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Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science
By Zoe Cormier
The colourful science of marijuana and psychedelic drugs will make you wish you paid more attention in science class. [27.Mar.15]
30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish: Part Two
By Katherine Factor
From Romanticism to structuralism, the musical ingenuity of Phish pays tribute to a variety of cultural movements; they're more dada than dad rock. [27.Mar.15]
'Convergence' and 'Secret War' Get to the Heart of the Matter
In the lead up to the release of Convergence and Secret War, we explore why these comicbook stories matter to you, no matter what the publishers' say. [26.Mar.15]
Too Smart to Be Naïve, Too Young to Be Jaded: 'The Bends' and Teen Angst
By Amulya Tadimety
Even teenagers two decades removed from The Bends' original release can still find deep emotional connections to its depiction of isolation and dissatisfaction. [26.Mar.15]
Where Do We Go from Here? 'The Bends' of the 20th Century and Beyond
By Brian Schmitt
The Bends is the 20th century's identity emerging under pressure, forced to search bleakly for some form of cohesion among an increasingly artificial and commercial world. [25.Mar.15]
Recent Features
Thursday is no more, but their legacy lives on, with singer Geoff Rickly reissuing Waiting on his own label and talking about what chances, if any, there are to the group reuniting. [25.Mar.15]
By Eric Steingold
Far more than a comic book with an edge, Maus interrogates the fallacious identity politics of the Nazis, to an unforgettable effect. Given recent events in Europe, this is a vital book to revisit.[24.Mar.15]
By Dan Derks
Ian Parton, leader of the Go! Team, weighs the maturation and development of his crazed wall-of-sound schoolyard aesthetic on new album The Scene Between.[24.Mar.15]
By Marcus Smith
With one album Radiohead left an impressive music video legacy, one that would extend to later masterpieces such as OK Computer.[23.Mar.15]
Americana legend James McMurtry is fiery, opinionated, and smart as a whip. His latest (accidental) endeavor: Occupy spokesman. [23.Mar.15]
As Elliot Murphy tells PopMatters, the new reimagining of his 1973 debut Aquashow may be the most profound musical adventure of his 40-plus year career yet. [20.Mar.15]
By Jan Olsson
Alfred Hitchcock's reputation for meticulousness in conceiving his thrillers also extended to his kitchen.[20.Mar.15]
Smashing the hubris of grand space opera against the neonoir of political investigative journalism, it’s only a matter of time until we make the leap to Shakespeare.[20.Mar.15]
In Suiciders, series creator Lee Bermejo gives us an elegant drama of transitions, and in doing this offers perhaps the most innovative mediation on LA itself.[19.Mar.15]
By Neil Barrett
Jonny Greenwoods' musical achievements on The Bends represent as far as he was ever going to get by limiting himself to channelling his ideas through his guitar.[19.Mar.15]
The message of John Carpenter's Halloween is simple: "Evil is here!" To expect any sequel to enhance that idea is to miss the point. [18.Mar.15]
Swervedriver: "As it goes, the feeling is that it's some of the best material we've ever done. And to be honest I was never in any doubt that we would deliver the goods."[18.Mar.15]
By Katherine Factor
In 2014, the legendary jam band Phish released its 12th studio LP, Fuego. Here are some reasons why this group's legacy is one worth celebrating.[17.Mar.15]
The British singer's latest LP, Curio City, finds all of his influences distilled down to a funk-strummed groove of pure pop magic.[17.Mar.15]
The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.[16.Mar.15]
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