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Tuesday, July 15 2014

Do What You Want: OK Go and the New Landscape of Artistic Integrity

I wrote a piece wondering why OK Go's videos were so good but their songs seemed to be lacking. It generated a lot of great responses -- and then OK Go's Damian Kulash decided to give me a ring.


Monday, July 14 2014

‘All These Characters Are Me in Different Ways’: An Interview with Director Ritesh Batra

"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.


Magnus Hirschfeld and the Struggle for Transformation, Not Tolerance

Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism.


Friday, July 11 2014

Cast Off the Ego Scars: An Interview with Harvey Danger’s Sean Nelson

The song was "Flagpole Sitta", and it was everywhere in the late '90s. Nearly two decades later, it finally gets the vinyl treatment.


Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film

Artisanal chocolate. Mustaches. Locally sourced vegetables. Etsy. Birds. Flea markets. Cult films. Horn-rimmed glasses. Twee.


Thursday, July 10 2014

Reanimating the Dailies: Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics

Over the last couple of years IDW has collected the entirety of the Star Trek strips that ran from 1979 to 1983 into two large, coffee table style volumes in their Library of American Comics series.


Hearts Alive: An Interview with Mastodon

Bassist for the Atlanta sludge metal monsters Troy Sanders discusses why Once More 'Round the Sun is simply the next logical step in the band's Go-Go's-loving journey.


Wednesday, July 9 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show Will Save Country Music from Itself

The veritable Top 40 Country outsiders, Old Crow Medicine Show, are the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. But does that really matter?


Tuesday, July 8 2014

Still Stranger, Ten Years Later: An Interview with Tim Bowness

PopMatters catches up with singer and wordsmith Tim Bowness to talk about the creative process behind Together We're Stranger, its lyrical influences, and how it fits into the band's diverse career.


Monday, July 7 2014

Why Don’t Videogames Have Their Own Criterion Collection?

Though the video game industry bases itself on forward progression, the rich history of the medium is being underserved by the lack of preservation for older, essential games.


Wednesday, July 2 2014

American Eats: Locavore Bonnaroo as Pop Community

Bonnaroo's four-course, farm-to-table "Bonnaroots" dinner showed the locavore food culture's vibrancy crossing into pop culture.


The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview: July 2014

We take another trip to a certain simian world, we have another experience with an annual government authorized night of lawlessness, and we get our second sighting of a mythic Greek muscleman.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

Melvil Poupaud Reflects on Director Éric Rohmer and His Film, ‘A Summer’s Tale’

A Summer’s Tale is a rich snapshot of youth and the hopefulness contained in the realization that the world is nothing if not endless possibilities.


Monday, June 30 2014

Psalmships - ‘I Sleep Alone’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere I Sleep Alone the new album by Psalmships.


Brandy Clark on the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic of Life

Late last year, country songwriter Brandy Clark quietly released her debut album as an artist and a funny thing happened: people listened and loved it.


Friday, June 27 2014

On ‘Kings Watch’ and its Effortless Humor

Kings Watch is an example of a classically outrageous sci-fi action tale being told with a more modern sensibility.


Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for July 2014

Get a sneak peek at some of July's most adventurous releases, including new efforts from Shabazz Palaces, Wolves in the Throne Room, and OOIOO.


Thursday, June 26 2014

Trip with an Infinite View: Chaos, Order, Good and Evil in ‘Forever People’

Jack Kirby, World War II veteran, was channeling youth when he produced Forever People. He was on the side of change and disorder for the cause of freedom.


The Truth of Milli Vanilli a Generation Later

This musical duo that never really was a musical duo prepared a nation of adolescents for disappointment -- and the eventual acceptance of Auto-Tune.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

The Anti-War Panels: Underground Comix and Vietnam

Although some comix generally avoided the topic, many artists and writers signaled their opposition to the Vietnam War in creative and daring ways.


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