Recent Features

12 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Space to Breathe: An Intimate Chat with Air

With the release of Air's fifth full-length album, J.B. Dunckel discusses his experience working with Nigel Godrich, his desire to score the next Bond film, and his fear that in the future, anyone can sound like Elvis.

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11 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Messengers

K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.

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11 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Myth and the Machine

The overlapping narratives of Nine Inch Nails within the control of the recording industry and Western culture moving through the Information Age combine in the band’s music as a sonic collage questioning the role of man in the machine.

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20 Questions: Aziz Ansari

Named Entertainment Weekly’s top 12 future stars of comedy, Aziz Ansari has a voracious appetite for performing, eating, and… just about anything else that is subject to an appetite.

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Twitterpated: New Media, Old Frenzies

The latest craze in mini-blogging has been embraced by a variety of pro athletes to voice their opinions on everything from coaching advice to domestic violence.

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Does Late Night TV Still Matter? Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon's Late Night will be a much more goofy, pop-culture centric, spontaneous affair than either his predecessors.

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8 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

“Paranormal Activity” and the Pinocchio Complex

Author and horror enthusiast Stephen Graham Jones explains how in mixing a range of sub-genre conventions into one film, Paranormal Activity could be this generation's Exorcist.

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Sun, Sweat and Tears: Three Days at the Austin City Limits Festival

PopMatters takes a look at how a disparate array of acts fared in Austin’s playpen of mud, the blood, and the beer.

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New Kids on the Block: Hangin’ Tough, Refusing to Let Go

In 1989, I loathed the New Kids on the Block with a passion and intensity that only junior high-aged children can bring to their study of popular culture, yet when Hangin’ Tough Live hit DVD, I had to see it.

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Tim and Eric Awesome Show ... Interesting Job

Through absurd humour, this show relentlessly disparages the wholesale futility of masculine posturing, useless products, and mindless modern entertainment.

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20 Questions: Ramsey Lewis

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about feeding the spirit and living in the moment.

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Rosanne Cash on Johnny Cash’s List

Johnny Cash was a serious scholar of music, and this knowledge was reflected in his own work, which included covers of everyone and everything from Jimmie Rodgers to Nine Inch Nails, oldtime hymns to reggae.

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6 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Running with the Beasts: An Interview with Castanets

After being held-up at gunpoint, recording alone in the desert, and being covered by Sufjan Stevens, Castanets' Ray Raposa is finally ready to step out on his own with a concept album about wild beasts that features some of his most tender and dramatic performances to date.

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Hollow “Victory”: J Michael Straczynski ‘Reboots’ the Mighty Thor

J Michael Straczynski's storytelling stands out as one of the most inventive in recent mainstream superhero comics.

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Tools for the Job: Asserting Femininity in Super Metroid

Super Metroid is unique in that it is the only game in the series that addresses something distinctly female about Samus besides her looks: motherhood.

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Fame, Fortune, and a Fat Queer Icon: An Interview with the Gossip

When the Gossip's musical mastermind Nathan Paine began constructing his own unique strain of dance-punk in Portland, few people knew what to make of it. Now, in 2009, no one dare snicker, as his band has produced the most unlikliest of fashion icons and droves of fans.

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4 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Sharing: The New Imposition

Twitter is less about disseminating information than it is about subjects trying to make themselves feel more real, ontologically speaking, in a increasingly mediated world.

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4 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Ska Will Go On

Ska never died... it merely sank back underground to the grimy clubs from whence it sprang, while the genre’s biggest stars took time to rest, regroup, and strategize their comebacks.

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4 Oct 2009 // 9:59 PM

20 Questions: Vic Chesnutt

Chesnutt talks to PopMatters 20 Questions about his upcoming work with Jonathan Richman, taking advice from Michael Stipe, and how his copy of Number One Hits of the Sixties is still the greatest album of all time.

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On the Sixth Day God Created Man…Chester: Part Three

Manchester's working class population showed the world that trade unions can resist authority. Such solidarity and class consciousness is heard in the arrogant sneers of the Stone Roses and Oasis.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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