Recent Features

14 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Tickley Feather [Philadelphia, PA]

Philadelphia's Tickley Feather brings a new face to the Philly music scene -- in part by tackling the national stage as a new recruit to Paw Tracks.

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13 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

A ‘Loving’ Memorial

Mildred Dolores Loving was one of those quiet American heroes who changed the course of US history.

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The Solitary Vice: You Can Always Watch the Movie, Instead

In this second excerpt of PopMatters' first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, Mikita Brottman suggests an easy out when you don’t want to read the book.

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The Demise of Horror Culture?

While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon...if they acknowledge them at all.

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The Plain Truth About Karen Dalton: An Interview with Joe Loop

One-time coffeehouse proprietor Joe Loop shed light on the mysterious Karen Dalton with his notes to the Cotton-Eyed Joe recording and speaks to PopMatters about his memories of the '60s folk scene and his friend Karen.

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11 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Three Nights in France

Beres hits Paris and Bourges to take in the eclectic sounds of Transglobal Underground, Les Primitifs du Futur, Watcha Clan, and Fat Freddy's Drop, and gets pulled into the "sacred space" that solders the connection between sound and human.

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11 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Animals in Time: Neko Case and the Contemporary Country

The music of Neko Case shows us a world of danger, guilt, regret, displaced hearts, lost time and lost faith, several deaths, the matter-of-factness of animals, and reckoning. In other words, exactly what the contemporary moment shows us.

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20 Questions: Tod A of Firewater

PopMatters 20 Questions caught up with Tod A of Firewater in Bali, where he shares some thoughts about cultural and political matters, and speculates on what visiting extraterrestrials might look like.

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Godzilla: The Biggest Blockbuster

This summer's blockbusters got nothin' over the biggest, beastiest blockbuster of all...

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8 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Consumer Consumed

In pursuing the convenience of a Web 2.0 world, we are consenting to being incorporated into a finely tuned marketing machine, with ever more subtly adapted gears, to our meet our needs -- manufactured and otherwise.

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Out of Africa: Barack Obama in Pan-African Music

While Barack Obama's candidacy has sparked new political interest within the United States, perhaps the best indication of his foreign policy advantage may be found in the music praising Obama coming from other countries around the world.

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7 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Vote for the Prettiest

US presidential elections are suspiciously like high school popularity contests, er, elections -- it's not who you know, it's who knows you.

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“There’s Never Anything Planned”: An Interview With Mark Kozelek

Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek explains his unlikely inspiration, reflects on aging, and chooses beauty over catharsis.

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Reflections: Interview with Gaetano Capizzi, Director of Cinemabiente

"Cinemabiente means films that reflect the world, or act like a mirror of society. At the same time, they cause the viewer to reflect."

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Cultural Meanings in America Make Benefit Glorious Bank Accounts of Creationists

Is Ben Stein taking a page from Michael Moore? No, from Borat is more like it.

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Play’s the Thing: The Art of Video Game Writing

Many of the people who make the video games you play don't like having a plot at all, much less a good one. It constrains their designs and forces them to sacrifice player freedom for something that the player should be doing themselves.

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6 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Guster’s “Jesus on the Radio”

Ramisetti realizes that a simple love and appreciation for a song is all that matters in the end -- how it finds you, and how it moves you -- even when it comes from a random YouTube video.

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5 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

E-mails from the Dead

Like a cyber séance, of sorts, these Internet services have become a means for the dead to speak to the living.

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5 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Winter Music Conference 2008

In his account of the nation's premier techno festival, David Tatasciore captures the good, the bad, and the ugly that made the Winter Music Conference such an unforgettable experience.

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Saudade: A Conversation with Carly Simon

Tall and tan and still very lovely, Carly Simon takes a cue from Antonio Carlos Jobim on her new album. So why does All About Eve make a cameo?

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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