Recent Features

13 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Michelle Pfeiffer as Pfeminist

I Could Never Be Your Woman is the lone feminist antidote in a sea of venomous, misogynist, adolescent male comedies that people turn out for en masse.

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20 Questions: David Ford

If you want to talk with singer/songwriter David Ford, you'll find him at the pizza joint with his wife and friends -- many blocks away from The Ritz.

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10 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Truth in Humor

The second season of The Boondocks tackles issues that are important to the hip-hop community with contributions from numerous hip-hop artists. Boondocks Response Syndrome explains why we react to this series the way we do.

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10 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Blink 182: No Sell Out

The old narratives of “punk” could no longer hold together in light of a radically new culture -- pop punk, as heard in Blink 182's music, left the constraining categories behind.

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Pretty Odd: An Interview with Panic! at the Disco

Frontman Brendon Urie demonstrates that maturing can be a good thing for a band, but don't think that no one's having fun.

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9 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Myth-Making Dolphins

They're transporters of the souls of the dead, per Dante, transporters of tools and messages, per the US military, and friends to man, per the popular dolphinariums.

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Shadows No More: An Interview With Eddie Willis of the Funk Brothers

Guitarist Eddie Willis takes us from the beginnings of Motown through the band's current activities, all with a sense of amazement that he's been part of something so big.

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8 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Just as Fun to Watch

L.B. Jeffries talks to "Boner", a gamer who has managed to build a following simply by allowing an internet audience to watch him play.

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Let the Buyer Beware: Bookstore Caveat Emptor Will Not Go Quietly Into That Good Night

Thirty-seven years and still going: Justin Dimos dissects Bloomington's historical secondhand bookstore.

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Saint Vinnie

Deanne Sole journeys Melbourne's charity outlets, exploring the fundamentals of the down under St. Vincent de Paul outlet: Bargains, surprises, drunks.

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In Memoriam: Thomas M. Disch

It's often said of uncommonly talented writers that they defied description; in Disch's case, that actually managed to be true.

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8 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

20 Questions: The Motion Sick

Named SPIN's “Band of the Month” for their first release, Her Brilliant Fifteen, the Motion Sick draw parallels to Vonnegut with lyrics ringing of social commentary. Mike Epstein answers PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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7 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pleased to Meet Me: A Pre-Post Racial Tribute to Barack Obama

Maybe the Obama phenomenon is neither the beginning nor the end of the national conversation on race. Maybe it's half-time.

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7 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

The DVD of this title releases today. In memory of Strummer, Pop Past revists this special feature, Joe Strummer 1952-2002, originally published in December 2002.

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6 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Tales of Mighty Antietam

With the release of their new epic double-album, rock stalwarts Antietam sit down with PopMatters' Jon Langmead to dissect their long, storied, and powerful past, pulling off shoestring-budget miracles in the hopes that just one song is all that is needed to change your life.

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6 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

C-O-M-P-E-T-E

The novelty of pitting eight- to 15-year-olds against one another for popular amusement can be glossed over in the name of educational achievement.

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20 Questions: Rahsaan Patterson

The purveyor of 21st century soul chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about chocolate, Chaka Khan, and the significance of Snoopy.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Everything You Know About the Blues Is Wrong

For the most part, blacks were not involved in the heroic work of rescuing the black acoustic blues legacy from the passage of time.

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Fareed Zakaria’s View of a Post-American World

No one book will make all the difference, but familiarity with this particular volume would help ensure that the 44th President of the US is better equipped to deal with America’s changing role than the 43rd.

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Beyond the Core Gamer: An Interview with Wideload Games’ Alex Seropian

"There's huge potential for the market to grow, and the only way we're going to get there is if there are games available that address an audience beyond the core gamer."

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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