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Thursday, December 26 2002

PopMatters Book Interview

You name it, Kevin Murphy saw it in 2001. And lived to tell the tale.


Axl Uses His Disillusion

Axl must realize that he no longer comes off as the dangerous and volatile bad boy of rock, but rather the immature and irresponsible poster boy for middle age ego and disillusionment.


The 2002 Texas Book Festival

Now, six years later, things are quite different: George W. is our president, Laura Bush is the First Lady, and the Texas Book Festival has morphed into one of the premier literary events in the country.


Tuesday, December 24 2002

Ten Reasons Why American Culture Didn’t Suck in 2002 . . . And Ten Reasons Why It Did

Here's 20 watershed moments of the past year whose impact will most likely be felt long after Dick Clark's balls drop on New York City and Los Angeles.


Ten Reasons Why American Culture Didn’t Suck in 2002 . . . And Ten Reasons Why It Did

Here's 20 watershed moments of the past year whose impact will most likely be felt long after Dick Clark's balls drop on New York City and Los Angeles.


Tuesday, December 17 2002

Bands on the Run: The Best and Worst Tours of 2002

Who stole the show in 2002 - and who should have had the mic stolen from them? PopMatters concert critics give their choices for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2002 live season.


Monday, December 16 2002

Bands on the Run: The Best and Worst Tours of 2002

Who stole the show in 2002 - and who should have had the mic stolen from them? PopMatters concert critics give their choices for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2002 live season.


Bands on the Run: The Best and Worst Tours of 2002

Who stole the show in 2002 - and who should have had the mic stolen from them? PopMatters concert critics give their choices for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2002 live season.


Best Music of 2002: Sarah Zupko

1. The Streets, Original Pirate Material (Vice)I’ve been saying it all year and nothing has changed my opinion: Original Pirate Material is the best


Best Music of 2002: Nikki Tranter

Nikki’s Top Ten Car Radio Singles of the Year I don’t listen to the radio at home, and haven’t for a number


Best Music of 2002: Jason Thompson

Last year around this time, I was sweating out my end of the year best-of list. There had just been so many albums released on


Best Music of 2002: Michael Stone

Music for Rootless Cosmopolitans, 2002 Listener discretion? You decide. Ten sound-worthy 2002 releases in alphabetical order, plus a bonus, five choice compilations and reissues. Banda Ionica, Matri


Best Music of 2002: Jeremy Schneyer

1. Knievel - Name Rings a Bell that Drowns Out Your Voice (In Music We Trust)The most sublime, beautiful, subtle (not to mention best) album


Best Music of 2002: Patrick Schabe

Before I begin, I’d just like to put out a little qualifying statement. Every year, the same question gets asked in the entertainment writers


Best Music of 2002: Terry Sawyer

Princess Superstar, Is (Rapster)It’s absolutely criminal that Princess Superstar hasn’t completely conquered the globe with her peerless mic majesty. No matter what


Best Music of 2002: Devon Powers

1. Gary Wilson—You Think You Really Know Me (Motel)You Think You Really Know Me is like a piece of dirty gossip: it’s in


Best Music of 2002: Ryan Potts

1. Liars, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Mute/Blast First)Yeah, so this record was technically released last


Best Music of 2002: Mark Anthony Neal

Gettin’ Grown, A New-Black Mix-Tape and the Loveland Sessions: 2002 Year-End Review Cee-Lo: Sermon from the Church of NewBlacknessImagine a hybrid of Rev. Al Green, Bobby


“Words Won’t Bring Us Down”: Best Music Videos of 2002

Music videos are an ever-evolving means of self-representation and social commentary. They're here and gone so quickly, it's sometimes difficult to keep track, especially of the ones that MTV doesn't deign to rotate ad nauseam. Still, exceptional vids keep coming.


Best Music of 2002: David Medsker

2002, the Year That Aimee Mann Killed Me 1. Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol)They said they were out of gas. There was


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