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Wednesday, August 13 2014

“You Should Have to Make Your Case with Comedy”: An Interview with MST3K’s Michael J. Nelson

He has been the host and head writer of both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax, and now takes on his biggest comedy challenge yet: riffing 1998's Godzilla in front of a live audience.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

What Is and What Will Always Be: A Fresh Look at Led Zeppelin’s Familiar Masterpieces

With the exception of the Beatles, no other band has loomed quite so large as Led Zeppelin, to the extent that we’ll never run out of things to say: good, bad and great.


Monday, August 11 2014

Living on Wit: An Interview with Vashti Bunyan

Nine years after Lookaftering, Vashti Bunyan returns with Heartleap, a joy-filled album that may be her last.


Friday, August 8 2014

Single Comma Issues

I’m a single issue reader. I don’t avoid trades or anything, but I refuse to wait for them, either, preferring to consume my comics one chapter at a time.


The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC: Back in Black

It's one of the biggest selling albums of all time and, according to former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, "the greatest resurrection of a band in history". But how much of Back in Black was the work of the late Bon Scott?


Thursday, August 7 2014

Another Jewel in the Crown: An Interview with Ruby’s Lesley Rankine

After more than a decade on hiatus, Ruby returns with another set of intriguing, thought-provoking tunes. Lesley Rankine speaks with PopMatters about the return.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

Thrift Shop: Finding Balance in the Free-to-Play Game Market

Hearthstone offers a Free-to-Play model that Candy Crush Saga and Tetris Blitz have only claimed to do.


Tuesday, August 5 2014

Seasick, But Still Floating: Blur and ‘The Great Escape’

Blur's masterpiece The Great Escape examines the costs—for young lovers or pop stars—of trusting in stasis.


Monday, August 4 2014

They’ll Be Alright: An Interview with Will Oldham and Emmett Kelly

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang decided to record a song for a 1971 surf documentary soundtrack. Things only get stranger from there.


Friday, August 1 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: From the Marvel Universe to the Marvel Milky Way

Guardians of the Galaxy promises to show us more than any movie has to date of the Marvel Universe and to give us, for the first time, some genuine cosmic-superheroes-in-space excitement.


The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC: Riff Raff

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.


Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for August 2014

Get advance word on new offerings from Spoon, J Mascis, and Pallbearer, plus an extensive list of August's new releases.


Thursday, July 31 2014

Secret Origin of the Superhero: On Philip Wylie’s “Gladiator”

If you have ever wondered what a superhero novel written by Ernest Hemingway would have been like, then Gladiator is your answer.


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.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

‘I’m Not the Fox I Used to Be’: Wes Anderson’s Changing Seasons

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.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

Philadelphia Cartoonist Box Brown Explores the Man Who Lived the Myth of Andre the Giant

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.


An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins

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.


Monday, July 28 2014

Storm in a Teacup: An Interview with Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski

Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel.


The 18 Ways of Beginning and Ending an Album

Whether by chance or by careful planning, there is an observable pattern to intros and outros in albums. PopMatters breaks down 18 of them.


Friday, July 25 2014

The Music Playground Presents: The Two Man Gentlemen Band Live on PopMatters

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.


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