Tuesday, December 10 2013
What's going to be most often said or written about the year in country music, 2013? That it was the "year of the woman" in a Nashville that's still a man's world after all.
Rhys Darby has a small legacy of his own, ranging from his roles in Flight of the Conchords to How I Met Your Mother to his outrageously theatrical standup, as well.
Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.
Monday, December 9 2013
A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.
Friday, December 6 2013
Falling in love is hard on the knees, Aerosmith reminded us some two decades back. Between President Obama's "backpedaling" on the Syrian red-line and Miley's twerking, 2013 has been a little like that.
Like a great battle, or a criminal desperately trying to avoid capture, Hollywood breaks out the big guns this month, giving us new efforts from Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen Brothers, and Spike Jonze, along with the typical mainstream holiday fare.
Eminent criminologists make a compelling case for why America's 40 year embrace of the punitive spirit has been morally bankrupt and endangered public safety.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Unlike the Thanksgiving leftovers reheated, going for seconds is hard when it comes to comicbook issues.
Though Citizen Kane has cemented his place in film history, The Magnificent Ambersons -- especially had its original ending been kept -- would prove Orson Welles one of Hollywood’s greatest masters of tragedy, if not the greatest.
In 2013, the best indie-pop felt like "secret music" meant for our ears only and, at the same time, like we're being pulled into a community.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
This year saw the release of some of the best modern progressive music from a wide array of subgenres and idiosyncratic approaches.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Following the US release of new Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar, Kevin Rowland talks about why it took so long to get back in the studio, the benefits of meditation, and why he's not your friend.
It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.
Wednesday, November 27 2013
Placebo have been a cult band of reknown for years, but even after all this time, they are trying new things like taking guitars out of some songs completely, turning down offers to make more money, and loving their process more than ever.
When I touched a copy of the Beatles’ Rarities from The Odd, Older Man’s box of records, the hair stood on the back of my neck.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Anachronism so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.
Monday, November 25 2013
Not many noise/electronic duos get their music featured in the Olympics, but Fuck Buttons aren't any ordinary group, and they talk to PopMatters about their big gold medal moment, their new album, and so much more.
Welcome to another edition of Mixtarum Metallum. Heavy tunes aplenty have their best features amplified and illuminated here, and there's sure to be something to add to the naughty list just waiting to be discovered.
Friday, November 22 2013
"Nostalgia is a seductive pleasure these days, but I worry about what it means for the ongoing health of comics…" A Look at Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years and Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years.
Mama Rosin is breathing new life into Cajun and zydeco, and this from a group an ocean and a continent away from the music’s origins in southwest Louisiana.