Recent Features
20 Questions: Anvil

Still riding high off of the success of their acclaimed documentary (and likely Oscar-nominee), the founders of Canada's famed metal trailblazers Anvil sit down to answer 20 Questions about family, weed, and a surprising love of Star Trek ...

READ more
Castle Walls of Blood and Bone: An Interview with Converge

With four landmark albums this decade alone, Converge has saved its best work for last. Vocalist Jacob Bannon talks with PopMatters about his music, his art, and his insanely talented band.

READ more
Await Your Reply: Dan Chaon Talks About Self-invention

Lost, indie music and Final Destination inspired Dan Chaon's latest novel, Await Your Reply -- all deal with issues of self-invention and how we conceptualize the self, he tells PopMatters.

READ more
Beautiful and Unique Snowflakes: Warren Ellis’ ‘Planetary’

Warren Ellis, once thought of by many as comics’ resident Orson Welles, an angry, embittered artist, is actually the industry’s Kurt Vonnegut, sent here to make us feel as if "everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt".

READ more
Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.

READ more

12 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Space to Breathe: An Intimate Chat with Air

With the release of Air's fifth full-length album, J.B. Dunckel discusses his experience working with Nigel Godrich, his desire to score the next Bond film, and his fear that in the future, anyone can sound like Elvis.

READ more

11 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Messengers

K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.

READ more

11 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Myth and the Machine

The overlapping narratives of Nine Inch Nails within the control of the recording industry and Western culture moving through the Information Age combine in the band’s music as a sonic collage questioning the role of man in the machine.

READ more
20 Questions: Aziz Ansari

Named Entertainment Weekly’s top 12 future stars of comedy, Aziz Ansari has a voracious appetite for performing, eating, and… just about anything else that is subject to an appetite.

READ more

The latest craze in mini-blogging has been embraced by a variety of pro athletes to voice their opinions on everything from coaching advice to domestic violence.

READ more
Does Late Night TV Still Matter? Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon's Late Night will be a much more goofy, pop-culture centric, spontaneous affair than either his predecessors.

READ more

8 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

“Paranormal Activity” and the Pinocchio Complex

Author and horror enthusiast Stephen Graham Jones explains how in mixing a range of sub-genre conventions into one film, Paranormal Activity could be this generation's Exorcist.

READ more
Sun, Sweat and Tears: Three Days at the Austin City Limits Festival

PopMatters takes a look at how a disparate array of acts fared in Austin’s playpen of mud, the blood, and the beer.

READ more
New Kids on the Block: Hangin’ Tough, Refusing to Let Go

In 1989, I loathed the New Kids on the Block with a passion and intensity that only junior high-aged children can bring to their study of popular culture, yet when Hangin’ Tough Live hit DVD, I had to see it.

READ more
Tim and Eric Awesome Show ... Interesting Job

Through absurd humour, this show relentlessly disparages the wholesale futility of masculine posturing, useless products, and mindless modern entertainment.

READ more
20 Questions: Ramsey Lewis

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about feeding the spirit and living in the moment.

READ more
Rosanne Cash on Johnny Cash’s List

Johnny Cash was a serious scholar of music, and this knowledge was reflected in his own work, which included covers of everyone and everything from Jimmie Rodgers to Nine Inch Nails, oldtime hymns to reggae.

READ more

6 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Running with the Beasts: An Interview with Castanets

After being held-up at gunpoint, recording alone in the desert, and being covered by Sufjan Stevens, Castanets' Ray Raposa is finally ready to step out on his own with a concept album about wild beasts that features some of his most tender and dramatic performances to date.

READ more
Hollow “Victory”: J Michael Straczynski ‘Reboots’ the Mighty Thor

J Michael Straczynski's storytelling stands out as one of the most inventive in recent mainstream superhero comics.

READ more
Tools for the Job: Asserting Femininity in Super Metroid

Super Metroid is unique in that it is the only game in the series that addresses something distinctly female about Samus besides her looks: motherhood.

READ more
More Recent Features

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Caltiki': The Creeping Blob!

// Short Ends and Leader

"Even at its most creaky in between the hair-raising scenes of queasy ickiness, this movie appeals to style mavens, auteur watchers, and horror historians.

READ the article