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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for August 2014
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
Get advance word on new offerings from Spoon, J Mascis, and Pallbearer, plus an extensive list of August's new releases. [1.Aug.14]
The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC: Riff Raff
By Jesse Fink
Powerage is regarded by aficionados, including Keith Richards and Gene Simmons, as the band's finest album. But its commercial failure had major repercussions behind the scenes. [1.Aug.14]
The PopMatters Summer Film Preview: August 2014
There's a lot to look forward to in August, including another amazing Marvel movie, a return of everyone's favorite "heroes on the half-shell", and a welcome return of a certain Sin City. [31.Jul.14]
Secret Origin of the Superhero: On Philip Wylies Gladiator
If you have ever wondered what a superhero novel written by Ernest Hemingway would have been like, then Gladiator is your answer. [31.Jul.14]
'Im Not the Fox I Used to Be': Wes Andersons Changing Seasons
By Kia Rahnama
Far from style over substance, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox fixates over objects to show its protagonist's inability to handle the oncoming winter. [30.Jul.14]
Recent Features
PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.[29.Jul.14]
In telling his story in such an accessible and sympathetic way, Box Brown helps even non-wrestling fans understand what made Andre "the Giant" Roussimoff so unforgettable.[29.Jul.14]
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]
Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel. [28.Jul.14]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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