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Wednesday, May 14 2014

Mixtarum Metallum IX: The Ides of March and the Death of April’s Fools

Mixtarum Metallum IX is consumed by ten deadly albums chained, or loosely chained, to metal’s monolith.


Tuesday, May 13 2014

Did Pandora Win the ASCAP Battle or Open a Box of Namesake Trouble?

It’s a Wild West in music publishing, these days, and the songwriters need more gunslingers.


The Knife and the Blood That Ensues: An Interview with Swans

PopMatters speaks with Swans frontman Michael Gira about the band's "joyous" new double LP, To Be Kind, covering everything from its undulating rhythms to its original titillating cover art.


Monday, May 12 2014

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Tori Amos on Her Elegant ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’

In a year when '90s staples like Beck and Neneh Cherry are delivering records of substance, Amos is delivering yet another quiet storm. But is it in fact the "comeback" some want to make it?


Friday, May 9 2014

We’re All Alive, in Spite of Death: Dan Goldman on the State of Comics Culture

We talk with transmedia writer and creator of the breakout Red Light Properties Dan Goldman about how he spent Free Comic Book Day and the state of comics culture in general.


Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

There's the world as most understand it and the world as it's actually evolving, towards an extreme form of capitalism occuring across international borders—to devastating effects.


Thursday, May 8 2014

The Azzarello-Risso Yearbook, Part 4 of 4: “Brother Lono”

Lono was a major character in 100 Bullets, arguably the meanest, most sadistic. But at the beginning of Brother Lono, he’s already done a 180-degree turn around in attitude and demeanor.


Wednesday, May 7 2014

First of Generations: Richard Calland on South Africa’s First 20 Years of Freedom

We talk with political commentator and legal scholar Richard Calland on his unique vision of the role of popular culture in South Africa.


The Top Ten Most Exciting British Artists Playing at the Great Escape 2014

With the European South by Southwest about to start in Brighton, PopMatters gives you the heads-up about the UK acts to keep an eye on over the coming year.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

Keep on Moving: A Conversation with the Horrors

Speaking just before the release of their new album Luminous, PopMatters talks to the British alt-pop heavyweights the Horrors about artistic progression, the need to escape your influences, and the terrifying tedium of East London.


Monday, May 5 2014

Hallelujah the Hills - ‘Have You Ever Done Something Evil?’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Have You Ever Done Something Evil?, the new album by Boston's Hallelujah the Hills.


Evocation of the Ancestors: An Interview with the Bad Plus

In tackling Stravinsky, the Bad Plus tell PopMatters how they've met their most interesting challenge yet.


Friday, May 2 2014

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - May 2014

It's that time of the year again. Time for the days to get longer and hotter and the moviegoing experience more complicated and chaotic.


Mourning the Death of Gwen Stacy

I was five years old the night Gwen Stacy died. I didn’t hear the news. It will come as no surprise if Gwen Stacy does die in today’s release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

This is a portrait of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved for the prophets.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for May 2014

Get the early word on highly anticipated albums from tUnE-yArDs, Swans, and Owen Pallett, along with a comprehensive list of May's new releases.


The Azzarello–Risso Yearbook, Part 3 of 4: “Spaceman”

The protagonist is Orson, also the “Spaceman” of the title, genetically engineered years ago by NASA to be able to travel to and live on Mars.


The Past Always Runs Faster: An Interview with Will Stratton

He started out as a too-young folk prodigy, and evolved into an immaculate songsmith, before a severe cancer diagnosis left him fighting for his life. Now, Will Stratton is back in good health, but also with a new album reflecting his experience, Gray Lodge Wisdom, which is already one of the year's absolute best.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

Making the Cut: The 17th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

This year, in addition to film reviews, we're honoring the unsung heroes of documentary filmmaking by exploring and celebrating what it is that editors do.


Her Best Is Yet to Come: An Interview with Paulette McWilliams

Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Mathis all share one voice in common. Her name is Paulette McWilliams.


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