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20 Questions: James McMurtry

Smart and aware, Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry shares some pointed observations about the world with PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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20 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Anger With Stoic Dignity

Protest music can go one of three ways: angry, storytelling, or communal. Sowing the Seeds is communal, meant to shore up the spirits of people who are locked together, arm-in-arm, to fight for a common cause.

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Pink Floyd Is Actually Australian

In which a skeptic attends his first tribute band concert and comes out the other side convinced that not only is the Australian Pink Floyd Show the real deal, it may be even better than the real thing.

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In Print and In Conversation: Rocco Versaci

Surprising though it may be to PopMatters readers, there are those who still feel that a taste for comic books is a sign of arrested development, or wasted youth.

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19 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gutterpunks Gone Gonzo

What was Justin Follin doing in between seeing all those movies and cranking out all that copy? It seems he was out way past his bedtime (!!), cavorting offsite at bonfires with crazy New Orleans gypsy band the Music Box -- and somehow still getting his copy in before deadline.

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Shining in its Evil Splendor

PopMatters' Adrien Begrand talks with Tomas Haake about Meshuggah's State of obZen.

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Tales from the Fest: An Abecedarium

Fresh outta Austin, Kevin Pearson alphabetizes his impressions of the music fest, all the way from A to Zzzzz (or lack thereof).

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In Extremity and Loving It

Fifty-eight bands and two aching ear canals later, Jennifer Kelly offers up some guiding lights for next year.

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Websurfing, Digital Shorts and Lateral Drift

Premium beer + long winter months + national health care = fertile breeding ground for resourceful science.

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Agnés Varda: Gleaning the Dispossessed

It is the two divides -- between the rich and the poor, between publicity and the practices of everyday life -- that most concerns Agnés Varda.

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Pretty Much a Rock Band: An Interview with Kinski

Kinski guitarist Chris Martin says he'll never be nervous again after the summer's last-minute, arena-sized tour with Tool. His Seattle four-piece may be the only band ever to open for Tool and record a split with Acid Mothers Temple.

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17 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Music Days 3 & 4: “Too Much Fun”

With 40+ bands to catch, plenty of beer to be drunk, and only four Bathroom Breaks between the two of them, we wonder about the state of our writers’ bladders. Either they’re shockingly resilient or there was a gold pile of good music this weekend. Our sources say yes.

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17 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Classical Egypt in America

By shining the light on the vast, rich cultures of the Middle East, these musicians are bringing misconceptions and misunderstandings out of the darkness of the past, not to mention the dark corners of our present.

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17 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Film Days 5-7: Amazing Truths and Beautiful Losers

Explorations into the complex lives and motivations of a Filipina transsexual and Lower East Side graffiti artists, among others, trump the perplexing polyamory of Scorsese, the Stones, and IMAX. Meanwhile, torture-porn loses whatever remaining edge it had.

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Music Days 1 & 2: Rabid Blues-Punk, Americana, and a Whole Lot of Crooning

PopMattters gladly shoves its neck under the Guilloteens before getting buried alive under a huge bed sheet at Mae Shi and walloped by just a few legendary Americana artists: but it's the good kind of violence, we swear.

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16 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Surviving Le Crunch

On rugby rivalry, Anglo-French relations, and places in Paris that Englishmen should avoid.

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20 Questions: Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson's philosophy, as revealed in her response to PopMatters 20 Questions, seems to be: let Art engage and challenge you, and engage yourself artfully, in turn.

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PHOTOS: SXSW Music Days 2-4

Pics of Simian Mobile Disco, Le Loup, Clipse, No Age, Woods and many more.

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Film - Days 3 and 4: Marijuana, Joy Division and Ear Candy Galore

Rock operas sink, while PopMatters swims -- in documentaries, that is. From the new Joy Division doc to a spoof of Super Size Me to a journey into the high-stakes gantlet of high school student government elections, we've got coverage of the latest docs from the SXSW Film Festival right here behind the click.

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13 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Ballot or the Beef

It's possible that hip-hop and the US government have been engaged in the longest running beef of all, from the infamous FBI letter sent to NWA in 1998 to the Congressional Hearings in 2007 seeking to investigate hip-hop lyrics.

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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