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Thursday, June 5 2014

Miley Cyrus: The Anti-Lorde

We cannot understand Lorde’s success without recognizing that it happened in the context of Miley Cyrus’ disgrace.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

20 Questions: RAC + Matthew Koma (Video Premiere)

RAC has been remixing indie wunderkids (and video game themes) for years. Matthew Koma co-wrote songs for Zedd and Carly Rae Jepsen. Together, their song "Cheap Sunglasses" is unquestioned pop perfection.


For All the Misfits and the Losers: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Brings the Underdog to Broadway

That Hedwig is claiming so much success without losing its more challenging aspects and picking up “quadruple threat” Neil Patrick Harris in the process is nothing short of a miracle.


The PopMatters Summer Film Preview - June 2014

It's June. School's out, the kids are antsy, and Hollywood is serving up the spectacle. We'll get more Transformers, more Tom Cruise, more animated adventure, and a bit too much found footage.


Tuesday, June 3 2014

Ordinary Magic: Suzanne Vega’s ‘Days of Open Hand’

If Days of Open Hand is an album of dreams, then there's surely the awareness of awakening, a consciousness hovering outside of the songs that is longing to be identified.


Monday, June 2 2014

Spindizzy Jangle: The Reivers’ “In Your Eyes”

Over 25 years after its release, the band and the video’s director reflect back on a song full of promise.


The 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA - April 25-27, 2014

No other festival has as many stages, as many incredible culinary offerings, or as many evening and late shows that can take music fans all the way until the break of dawn.


Friday, May 30 2014

Labored: Why Kyle Higgins’ “C.O.W.L.” Couldn’t Come at a Better Moment

If you picked up the launch issue of C.O.W.L. earlier this week thinking that, with the season finale of Mad Man, ‘60s nostalgia is now back in, you’re maybe missing the sheer depth of Mad Men, and definitely of C.O.W.L.


Under the Hard Hat: An Interview with Village People’s David Hodo

From Broadway to Casablanca, David Hodo reflects on 40 years in show business.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Makin’ Out: Learning about Sex from Al Feldstein’s ‘MAD Magazine’

We miss him now that he’s gone—Al Feldstein was one of the dynamos of MAD.


I Am Not Afraid: An Interview with Owen Pallett

When not doing strings for the likes of Grizzly Bear or Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett is putting out his own gorgeous string- and synth-laced pop, like his latest, In Conflict, which he gives PopMatters a guided tour of.


Wednesday, May 28 2014

Various Artists: Six Degrees of Brazil 2 (album stream) (Premiere)

With 2014's World Cup being held in Brazil, Six Degrees Records has put together a stunning collection of Brazilian music. We premiere that as well as offer a free download of one of the tunes.


Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for June 2014

June's release schedule isn't just about the summer jams of 2014. Catch early glimpses of the latest from Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, and the Antlers.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Poetry and Passion: An Interview with Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell is a country legend in every sense of the word. He speaks with us about Tarpaper Road and the legends that inspired and influenced this stunning new album.


Friday, May 23 2014

A Second Look at Jonathan Hickman’s Early Creator-Owned Work

Jonathan Hickman writes himself into very exclusive fraternity that includes greats like Philip K. Dick and William Shakespeare, where the writer is recast as public intellectual.


The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-72

When the police began using their discretion with African American gang leaders, gay and lesbian bar owners, Haight-Ashbury hippies and other postwar San Franciscans, a rise in liberal cosmopolitism would follow throughout America.


“I Get Off on Intense Atmospheres”: An Interview with Gazelle Twin

We speak with Elizabeth Bernholz, the woman behind the Gazelle Twin project, about the relation of music to the natural landscape, the nature of performing, and the work of David Lynch.


Thursday, May 22 2014

Structured Silence: Comics Storytelling, Minus Text

Sometimes, it’s nice for the words to step aside in a comic and just let the art tell the story for a while.


Slippery Stones: An Interview with Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen has charmed audiences the world over with his score to Amélie, but that was only after years of putting out brilliant, lushly melodic solo albums, not unlike his ambitious new disc .


Wednesday, May 21 2014

Shakespeare’s Wit and Humor, Pathos and Anger Remains Vital, 450 Years After His Birth

As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.


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