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Saturday, March 20 2004

Day One Music: Star Search

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Day One (In Which a Scene is Made)

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Thursday, March 18 2004

Matthew Shipp, Restless Visionary Behind the Blue Series

Matthew Shipp is the most adventurous, prolific jazz musician out there, bar none. That's saying something in a genre that, at least on its fringes, is made up almost exclusively of adventurous, prolific types. The closest competition comes in the form of frequent collaborators like William Parker.


Friday, March 12 2004

The Slack Key Lady: An Interview with Cindy Combs

PopMatters checks in with Cindy Combs, the only solo female artist on Dancing Cat Records.


The Weight of Words: An Interview with Clearlake

'I think for music to be good, it needs to go quite deep,' says Jason Pegg, front man of British rock band Clearlake. But are American audiences -- who will get their first taste of Clearlake this spring as they tour with the Decemberists and Stereolab -- ready to go deep with them? PopMatters takes a look.


Monday, March 1 2004

Going Negative

Even if we never cease to be captivated by dirt, we need also to focus on substantive matters.


AIDS on TV

Oprah's appearance on Primetime Live did put faces and stories behind the devastating realities of the African AIDS crisis.


Thursday, February 26 2004

White Supremacist Games or Just More of the Same?

The reaction to these games [Ethnic Cleansing and White Law], while relatively silent within the popular media, has been relatively strong from liberal America. Shocked by the message and content, these games have been too easily dismissed as extremist venom that only reflects a small segment of the American population.


Saturday, February 14 2004

Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Saturday, February 7 2004

Life After McSweeneys: An Interview with Neal Pollack

Since concluding his music/book tour, Pollack sat down with PopMatters to discuss his new book, the art of parody, favorite music and what exactly the author's role is in a media-rich society.


The Right Thing: An Interview with Claire LaZebnik

Fed up with women's literature creating heroes out of lazy women who lie, cheat and steal to reach the top, Claire LaZebnik decided it was time to take a look at the other side of the coin.


Thursday, February 5 2004

Why Does a 14-year-Old Matter?

The praise for Freddy Adu and Michelle Wie cannot be understood outside the constant critique against those young black males seeking entry into the NBA, as race, class, gender, nationality, and sport all play into fan/commentator reception and perception.


Monday, February 2 2004

Ubiquity Still Virgin After All These Years: An Interview with Roy Ayers

Called by some the king of neo-soul, Roy Ayers has influenced a multitude of today's top recording artists -- including Neptunes, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blige. PopMatters caught up with him to discuss his new album and what keeps him going after all these years.


Tuesday, January 27 2004

Baby-Girl Drama: Remembering Sakia

While it is perhaps easy to suggest that Gunn's murder was an isolated example of gay bashing, such an interpretation obscures the relationship between sexuality and gender. Gay men are often 'bashed' because of an affinity to women and lesbians are bashed because they 'are' women. In many regards, homophobia is rooted in misogyny -- a hatred of women.


Thursday, January 22 2004

Dancing Queen: Donna Summer’s Journey Through the Heart of Disco

Disco is dismal, dire. Disco is done. But not Donna Summer. And the artist we know as Donna Summer is not so much a 'she' as a 'they.' She is one of the most under-rated vocalists of her generation, yet without the production genius of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it's possible we might never have heard the name 'Donna Summer' at all.


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