Recent Features
“Timely Look”: Interview with Oliver Irving, director of How to Be

When Oliver Irving began writing How to Be in 2004, he couldn't know that when the film finally premiered at Slamdance four years later, his timing -- and casting of Robert Pattinson as his lead -- would be so fortuitous.

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The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth -– and They Rule It

Geek humor is rooted in a commanding pop cultural and scientific literacy and deployed with a sense of casual authority which one ... must ... obey.

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This Year Is Gonna Be Ours: An Interview with Akron/Family’s Miles Seaton

Brooklyn's exhilarating folk-prog-jazz quartet hit a rough spot last year, as Ryan Vanderhoof left and the remaining three members had to rethink what it meant to be a band. The shake-up led to profound changes in Akron/Family's sound and approach to music.

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3 May 2009 // 9:00 PM

Fighting the Flu

The mobilization of the military to control the spread of the current outbreak of a rare strain of the swine flu in Mexico City is right out of Stephen King’s The Stand.

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Infectious Love: An Interview with David Johansen of the New York Dolls

The iconic leader of the legendary band talks about their history and new album. And, in classic Dolls fashion, he doesn't seem overly concerned about any of it.

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20 Questions: Ute Lemper

Ute Lemper is a renaissance chanteuse. She travels the world, carrying music of past and present with here wherever she goes, singing songs by the best songwriters each nation has to offer in their many languages.

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30 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

Like Movies—with Buttons

Like Edwin S. Porter realizing that a series of shots was how you structured a film, games have to abandon the presumption that they need to obey a linear narrative or controlled message and just let the player loose.

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Coachella 2009: A Musical Oasis

Under the searing sun of the California desert, Coachella shines through again as one of the nation's best music fests…

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Missing the Boat while ‘Fishing with John’ (Lurie)

Imagine a 'Seinfeld' episode on a boat with rods in Jerry and Kramer’s hands … you get the picture.

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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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Beastie Boys: Check Your Head

At first the Beastie Boys were brats, then they were bratty; with their third album Check Your Head they dropped an ebullient bomb that is both heartfelt and soulful.

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Get Your Bootleg On: A Mashup Mystery Solved

It began as a simple message board for bedroom DJs. Partnerships were formed, skills were developed, and in some cases, careers were launched.

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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28 Apr 2009 // 8:59 PM

Winter Music Conference 2009: 24-Hour Party People

From pool parties to beat-laden boat trips to traditional club-style extravaganzas, Miami’s Winter Music Conference is the place to be for anyone who digs DJs, dancing, and day after day of non-stop pandemonium.

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‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’: Check, Please

I hate it when a film takes a brilliant literary work and turns it into what it thinks the literary work should be.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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27 Apr 2009 // 8:59 PM

20 Questions: Indigo Girls

Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls tells us how she'd like to dine with Jesus and urges the President to legalize gay marriage already.

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Killing Him Didn’t Make Her Love Go Away

Violence in music begets violence in music: female artists reclaim the murder ballad.

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Summer of Same: May 2009

May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.

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20 Questions: Ben Lee

Ben Lee chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about a very mushy (but he swears fabulous) food combo, the positive properties of ginger tea, and a surprising affinity for Dostoevsky’s troubled Raskolnikov.

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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