Recent Features

2 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Live Fast, Die Young, or Get Off the Stage

Why wouldn't they burn out instead of fade away? Berman examines the sad spectacle of punk-rock reunions and shows how they destroy the two elements that actually made punk attractive: sex appeal and impermanence.

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Salim Nourallah [Dallas, Texas]

Despite intense familiy struggles, Salim Nourallah has truly blossomed into his own as one of the most talented musicians in a too-often overlooked scene.

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Obama, Clinton, and Cantaloupes

The media will keep playing YouTube videos and speculating about politicians’ intentions rather than doing the hard investigative work -- simply because they can.

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Thaw: Russian Art from Glasnost to the Present

Fears and rumors of increasing state control insinuate that the most recent Russian thaw, as represented at this exhibit at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, might turn out to be just that: a limited period of freedom.

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Soulja Boy: In Loco Parentis

As the genre collects some long-term history, hip-hop is starting to suffer from an age-confusion issue, embodied nowhere better than in the self-made teen sensation Soulja Boy.

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31 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

It Ain’t No Joke

Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously.

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30 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Hold Steady: Dreaming of a Unified Scene

Parties, pills, and power chords -- the Hold Steady has it all. But is it enough to make indie rock fun again?

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30 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Whitewash

A small town white boy looks back at pop culture's impact on his concept of race while growing up, and how racism and homophobia are expressed and addressed in today's pop climate.

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20 Questions: Jim White

Jim White is a traveler, a Renaissance man, and a candid musical chronicler of the South. He pauses from his busy, restless artistic life to answer PopMatters' 20 questions.

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Gene Vincent:  A Caricature Portrait of the Artist as Rebel Rocker

Nostalgic craving for the iconic Gene gene still burns bright, as look-alikes (young and old) exaggeratedly hiccup their way through “Be-Bop-a-Lula”.

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Bob & Ray: The Two and Only

Turning back the clock, Kerrie Mills explores the pairing of two men who became cornerstones of modern American comedy, as well as icons of the mid-20th century media landscape, Bob & Ray.

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The Lemonheads: It’s A Shame About Ray: Collector’s Edition

This 1992 classic, a commercial smash and artistic peak for the Lemonheads, wants another bit part in your life. A walk-on would be fine.

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Shad: An Undeniably American Icon

Emerson spoke of it in a eulogy for Thoreau, not long after, it fueled Doherty and his cavalry in their relentless pursuit of Booth -- no wonder McPhee calls it America's "founding fish".

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Chicha Libre [New York]

Blending the strains of native South American, Latin, African, and psychedelic music, Peruvian chicha music has a trippy, lighthearted vibe all its own. Olivier Conan talks to us about this fascinating genre, his band Chicha Libre, and the syncretism of global music.

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Youngblood Brass Band: Center:Level:Roar

As a new generation continues to reshape traditional ensembles from big band to chamber and play it punk by adopting pop, it's useful to go back and marvel at one of the albums that truly innovated in this new-jack band geek era.

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25 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Customer Feedback

Some Amazon buyers serve as "culture jammers", expressing their contempt for advertisers through simple acts of creative customer feedback.

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The Perfect Lean, Mean, Macho Machine

The Die Hard series is a true rollercoaster of visual excesses guaranteed to raise the viewer’s adrenaline levels – while invoking intriguing ideological and cultural subtexts that deal with race, gender, masculinity, and social anxieties.

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TV Commercials: the New, Nonstop Playlist

TV commercials have become a legitimate source for discovering new music -- from Wilco on the Volkswagen ads, to Cat Power hawking DeBeers diamonds, to any number of artists pimping Apple.

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“You Can Only Sweat or Spit or Kick So Many People”: An Interview with Colin Meloy

The Decemberist explains the virtues of cover songs, the senselessness of going solo, and that he's saving the crazy stuff for later.

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23 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Escape Artist

The desire to escape that lives in each of us, and the consequences of acting on that desire, is what makes us care for Chris McCandless (Into the Wild), and what makes his short life such a compelling story.

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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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