Recent Features
Artist personalizes Noah’s Ark

New Jersey artist Susan Vosburgh can make a niffy piece of art out of any animal and anyone's name.

READ more
“Rockit” Science: ‘80s Instrumental Pop in the Brave New (Digital) World

Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit' undeniably accelerated hip-hop's journey to mainstream prominence. "When the whole breakdancing thing started happening, 'Rockit' was the only song that any of us would ever, ever dance to."

READ more
My Times in Black and White

Gerald Boyd's memoir illustrates that sometimes, those who preach the loudest about diversity and tolerance are in fact the least capable, when it comes down to it, of tolerating any diversity at all.

READ more
20 Questions: Anne Lamott

Everyone in Anne Lamott's books is sort of screwed up, but she stocks them with an irresistible humor and core decency. Her latest, Imperfect Birds, releases 6 April.

READ more
“Maybe You Do Want to Grow Up After All”: An Interview with Bernard Sumner

When asked about how he feels about the term "icon", Bernard Sumner tells PopMatters that "I don't think I'm a legend. I think I've just got an interesting history." This, his time with Joy Division, New Order, and new band Bad Lieutenant are all a part of this epic interview ...

READ more
The Van Hunt Parlor Game: An Interview

Attention: if you don't hear your favorite Van Hunt song at his next concert, listen closer.

READ more
Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular

This book comes very close to being a faithful mirror of the endlessly fascinating Harry Smith and, like its subject, will provoke, educate, and entertain in equal measure.

READ more
I Won’t iPad, You Can’t Make Me

The arrival of Apple's iPad, the Moses tablet to their Jesus iPhone, is being treated with near-religious fervor but this otherwise early adapter tech geek is left wondering, "Is that all?"

READ more
The Up-side of Being Plus-Sized: Kirstie Alley and Her Big Life

"We're sort of like the Ozzie & Harriet family meets the Addams Family" says the Emmy-winning actress, who deals with both her weight troubles and family issues as part of her new A&E show which just barely premiered. PopMatters reports live from the set.

READ more
Singing in Stairwells: An Interview with Julianna Barwick

Fresh off of her critically-acclaimed new EP, Julianna Barwick discusses how her album was informed by church choirs, Panda Bear, and the joys of sheep herding.

READ more
Ceasuri Rele: The “Dark Times” of Negură Bunget

After an acrimonious split, Romania's Negură Bunget has returned with a revamped line-up and a slew of new material, only to face questions about the band's credibility from fans and ex-members alike.

READ more
Erosion Nearly Complete, Music Industry Begins Reconstruction at SXSW 2010

SXSW conference attendees took a workmanlike “how-to” approach to discussing new revenue streams, replacing the “what do we do now?” tone of recent years.

READ more
Lone Wolf and Cub Part 4: Ogami Itto and the Rejection of Bushido

Ogami's actions become an indictment of the corruption and degradation of the samurai code and his forsaking of that path ultimately and symbolically redeems it.

READ more
Sinnin’ and Sin-Eatin’ Southern Rock

Bands like Southern Culture on the Skids and the Legendary Shack Shakers do their best to preserve a sense of Southern character.

READ more

30 Mar 2010 // 9:59 PM

Bad, Bad Girls

Sexual stereotyping reached a fever pitch this month; call it March Madness.

READ more
Smoke Up, Johnny: The Breakfast Club, Still Gloriously Poignant 25 Years Later

The Breakfast Club remains a defining moment for a generation 25 years later. What endures is the sheer heart that defines the film, the way that it supplies stark, grave candor and quirky spunk in equal measure.

READ more
Ain’t No Cure for the Digital Virus

How I came to love electronic music... I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell looped and thrown over a 4/4 or broken beat with a bad ass bass line.

READ more
MP3s, the Death of the Record Store, and the Birth of the Closet Hipster

Fed only by their own appetite for new music, the Closet Hipsters explore the Internet in isolation where they can take in the enormous breadth of music now available on their own terms.

READ more
Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training

There’s a time, from when someone dies to when they magically pop up at the funeral or the cemetery or as a bag of ashes, that remains a black hole, invisible to the rest of the world, and everyone’s happy with the arrangement.

READ more
Going Solo: The Return of the One-man Band

Maybe it’s the crappy economy, or just an extension of the long-term trend in popular music toward smaller and smaller ensembles, but it sure seems like there are a lot of one-man bands out there lately.

READ more
More Recent Features

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Players Lose Control in ‘Tales from the Borderlands’

// Moving Pixels

"This is an interactive story in which players don’t craft the characters, we just control them.

READ the article