Recent Features

4 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Yes We Can Can

The recent "censure" of The Boondocks demonstrates the difficulty art faces in raising a critical converation in a corporate setting. Considering hip-hop's deep embedding into corporate culture, how can radical change happen?

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Wizards & Words: An Interview with Patrick Rothfuss

Author Patrick Rothfuss talks to PopMatters about the pivotal role of language in magic, the structure of storytelling, and the role of fantasy in contemporary fiction.

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Pat Green’s Dance Halls and Dreamers

Preserving the history, the music, and the good times (Texas' "holy trinity"), this is a big, beautiful love letter to the places and the people that make Texas music history

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3 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Guided by a Bengali Poet

When people ask what my Bangladesh life was like, I will say that at its best, it followed the path of the poet Jibanananda Das.

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Ten Reasons Bo Diddley Is the Forgotten Heavyweight Champion of Rock

Here are 10 reasons why the recently departed Diddley is a bona fide rock legend and hugely important in the history of popular music for his vital role in the creation of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

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2 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Zarathustra-speak

Let's set aside judging a game purely by the game play or plot, and analyze the actual experience of the game, instead.

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Against the Grain: An Interview With Portishead

After ten years in the wilderness, Portishead have returned, and they’re just as uncompromising, challenging, and vital as ever.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

I Me Mine!

If, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggests, the Web is still a drooling, id-driven baby that wallows in its own (proverbial) feces, it makes sense that we continue to be mired in its arrested development.

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“Megalomania Doesn’t Have a Tax-Bracket”: An Interview with Death Cab for Cutie

Suddenly finding himself with a chart-topping album, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard finds himself concerned with more important things than popping open a bottle of bubbly. It's just another day in the fun, crazed universe of Death Cab.

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1 Jun 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Bravery

Sam Endicott descends from the band's busy orbit to talk with PopMatters 20 Questions about rude bus drivers, the beauty of thumbprints, and his somewhat disconcerting freaky memory.

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29 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Fuse Box 2008 Part II

I felt as if a toy box had been opened and I got to spend the week playing with everything inside. It felt surreal, no, sub-real; toying with communication and twisting conventions.

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29 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Hurray for Hype

Enjoying popular culture is necessarily a social experience; hype supplies the ground rules.

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Not Another Winter: An Interview With Mark Eitzel

American Music Club's Mark Eitzel discusses entropy, violence, and why touring sucks. Just don't call him a miserablist!

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28 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Fuse Box 2008 Part I

Etiquette breaks down that fourth wall, invites you in, sits you down at its table, and serves you a glass of confusion that implies you are witnessing a suicide.

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28 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Tangled Up in Blue Note

"Blue Note" means there's a certain sound to a record, a style that is tight and sharp and funky but also adventurous. If jazz is music to shout about, Blue Note records may be the most shout-worthy of all time.

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27 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Surton Girls

The girls collected in Surton's photographs evoke butterflies pinned to a board in the dusty attic of a lonely lepidopterist.

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One Bare Shoulder: The Effect of Dream Street on the Sexual Identity of the Teenipopper

To the teenipop subculture at the turn of the century, youth's dizzying optimism and heart-racing infatuation were all that mattered. For most of these young girls, Dream Street would be the center of their first pubescent sexual desires.

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20 Questions: Tanna Frederick

Tanna Frederick speaks with PopMatters 20 Questions about the cat's meow, the best hot chocolate money can buy, and her intriguingly dexterous toes.

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26 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

I’m With the Band

When I started writing about music, I didn't realize that it would mean I'd become "the enemy". So though writing brought me closer to music and the people who make it, it also took me further away.

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Ripping It Off: An Interview With Times New Viking

Singer and drummer Adam Elliott explains the importance of volume, mistakes, and equipment that you can spill beer on.

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