Recent Features
Part 1: Best and Worst Openers

Remember when LCD Soundsystem opened for Arcade Fire? How about when the Shins opened for Modest Mouse? Door times are for the birds, but sometimes it does pay to show up early.

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20 Questions: James Morrison

Fatherhood agrees with UK-based soul artist James Morrison and, as we discover in this edition of 20 Questions, so does a pair of Diesel jeans.

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5 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

PopMatters Best of Books 2008: Non-Fiction

The 20th century is history and the 21st century is beginning to assume full shape and form with definable contours. As these 24 outstanding non-fiction titles from 2008 demonstrate, it’s a different world outside your door.

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Something to Do with Death

By manipulating mankind’s fear of death, organized religion clearly emerges as the most ruthless and totalitarian authority institution in the history of the world.

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5 Jan 2009 // 7:59 PM

A Spirited Friendship

Given the respective careers of Will Eisner and Frank Miller, the root of their friendship becomes apparent. For both, the comics medium takes precedence above all else.

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Facebook and the Death of Distance

Facebook is like having a dozen rolling high school reunions simultaneously, plus grade school, and college, and every summer camp you ever attended.

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4 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

PopMatters Best of Books 2008: Fiction

Feeling anxious? Here are 23 masterful works of fiction from 2008 that will either underscore your anxiety or help alleviate it through escape into the past and the land of make-believe.

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Posse Tracks

Having more than one rapper on the scene enhances and galvanizes a song, as the central theme is strengthened with each successive verse. As the saying goes, there's strength in numbers.

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Will Eisner’s Dual Identity: The Spirit of an Artist

A biography of Will Eisner, perhaps the greatest cartoonist in the history of American comics. Eisner used The Spirit as his vessel for unexplored creativity with story elements not commonly found in comics.

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18 Dec 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.

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18 Dec 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Best Singles of 2008

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2008, highlighted by an infectious British/American match-up.

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The Best Re-Issues of 2008

Artist: Pole Album: 1 2 3 Label: ~Scape Image: http://images.popmatters.com/music_cover_art/p/pole-123.jpg US Release Date: 2008-08-05 UK Release Date: 2008-0

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The Vast Immensity of it All: Fear and Loathing on Sunset Boulevard

Faces of Sunset Boulevard is, without a doubt, one of the strongest statements about man’s dark fate in the West ever committed to paper in the author and photographer’s chosen form.

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The Best R&B of 2008

From true legends to notable newcomers to acts in mid-career stride, the year's best R&B is much more than what your local Top 40 radio station would have you believe.

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The Best Bluegrass of 2008

The year's best bluegrass music is chock full of harmonies that recall classic dueting brothers, tight-knit family pickin', and even bluegrass for people who don't like bluegrass.

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18 Dec 2008 // 7:59 PM

Exquisite Agony

This holiday season, Mickey Rourke (in The Wrestler) and Will Smith (Seven Pounds) suffer for all us sinners.

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George Orwell: Forgiving and Championing Bad Art

Orwell's essays remind us that better than our best intentions is our inescapable nature, our shared ordinariness, which will always have the potential to redeem us all if only we will embrace it.

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17 Dec 2008 // 8:00 PM

No Piano No Problem

Two new albums by piano-less quartets offer big doses of fun -- urgent rhythms, slabs of blues feeling, melody and invention with hardly any limit -- but also provide thrill-rides of surprise.

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The Best Americana Music of 2008

It did seem -- perhaps because of the genre's traditional real-world concerns -- like a lot of the year's best Americana releases sensed the storm clouds gathering.

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The Best Country Music of 2008

The year's best country music may be topped by archival releases from deceased artists, but the living managed to offer a strong alternative to the Nashvegas machine.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

// Notes from the Road

"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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