Recent Features
Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

READ more

22 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

The (Un)lonely Crowd

A festival pass no longer guarantees a communal experience for music lovers. Instead, appreciating events like SXSW is now about social networking and utilizing new technologies. So what does this say about the future of "the concert"?

READ more
Little Murders: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

This is not Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation but, rather, Hunter S. Thompson’s Generation of Swine, the urban home front during the waning days of World War II, gritty and unvarnished, and chillingly reflective of modern sociology.

READ more
Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer): One More Time with the King of Western Swing

Today, many performers play a revivalist form of Western Swing, but even more may be tipping a hat to Bob Wills without even knowing it. Chomping down on his cigar, Wills and his legacy strut around the stage of musical history, rarely taking the lead but now and then giving a holler of approval.

READ more
An Auteur’s Touch of Evil

The auteur is dead, long live the auteur: Orson Welles and Touch of Evil, 50 years on.

READ more
Songlines: Small Is Beautiful

Songlines has its finger on the pulse of the most important improvised music being made in North America these days.

READ more
The Decline of Men: How the American Male Is Tuning Out, Giving Up, and Flipping Off His Future

If men were a product, the marketplace is saying it’s outlived its shelf life. Author Guy Garcia considers how to reshape men to fit the modern world in The Decline of Men.

READ more
Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Strange Interlude’

The Neo Futurists take what may be O’Neill’s most gut-wrenching work and make dry hijinks from inception to final bow.

READ more
Rise of the Jötunn: In Flames in the 1990s

Four early and crucial albums by Swedish metal greats In Flames get reissued as part of Nuclear Blast's "Reloaded" series. There's no better time than the present to see what all the fuss is about.

READ more
Does Video Game Criticism Need a Pauline Kael?

Kael, much like video game critics today, was faced with a massive philosophical shift in her chosen artistic medium that large quantities of critics were against.

READ more

16 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

I Can Almost Taste It

For someone who wouldn’t know my mortars from my pestles, I seem to spend an awful lot of time observing chefs in action.

READ more
Smash Hits to GQ: Adventures in Magazine Writing

GQ journalist Chris Heath talks with PopMatters about music and celebrity journalism, the Pet Shop Boys and a lifetime of scribing for major magazines in the UK and the US.

READ more

16 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

“The Dust of Rumors Covers Me”

Cryptic hints and odd rumors ramping up to a bizarre, rushed release. When you think about it in the context of Bob Dylan, maybe it isn’t so unusual after all.

READ more
America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band

The Maddox Brothers and Rose recorded songs that would be considered controversial even today. But 60 years ago, they were incredibly groundbreaking, and paved the way for outspoken female singers like Loretta Lynn.

READ more
Jigsaw Falling Into Place: Revisiting Radiohead’s ‘90s Output

With deluxe reissues of Radiohead's first three albums in stores next week, PopMatters takes a look back at Pablo Honey, The Bends and Ok Computer.

READ more
20 Questions: The Bacon Brothers: Kevin & Michael

The Bacon Brothers (yes, that Kevin of the silver screen) meld their lyrics and musical compositions into gritty rock with a touch of Philly soul, and for 20 Questions, they compose their responses in brotherly harmony.

READ more
Hip-Hop Hooray: Tributes in Rhyme

Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.

READ more
The Joy of Sex: An Endless Smorgasbord

‘Ingredients’, ‘Appetizers’, ‘Main Courses’, ‘Sauces and Pickles’ and yet more modernized recipes. Yes, there is another brand new edition of that 1970s classic, The Joy of Sex.

READ more
Calmer [Brooklyn, NY]

Calmer's patchwork aesthetic extends all the way from classical and jazz influences to scrap metal instrumentation, all in service of sound collages woven with meticulous care.

READ more
Facebook Children of a Lesser Cause

Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) -- but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?

READ more
More Recent Features
//Mixed media

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

READ the article