Recent Features
Part Past Part Fiction: A Conversation with the Chills’ Martin Phillipps

Martin Phillipps discusses his struggles as well as his creative reawakening and his newest album, Silver Bullets, a record that's been in the works some form or another for nearly two decades.

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27 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

“Music Is Colorblind”: An Interview with MFBTY

As one of Korea's biggest rap groups, MFBTY still strive for a universal themes relatable to a worldwide audience, and with Wondaland, they may reach their biggest audience yet.

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“It sort of evolved”: An Interview with Unplanned America’s Pawel “Parv” Jarecki

Parv Jarecki explains how a dodgy car, no money, and a surprising amount of helpful strangers allowed three friends to create a rich series exploring America’s subcultures.

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‘Playboy’ and the End of Nudity

Whatever one thinks of Playboy, the idea that more amateurishly produced Internet pornography has become the norm is troubling, particularly from an aesthetic perspective.

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All in a Day’s Work: The Kurt Vile Interview

In the midst of supporting new album b'lieve i'm goin' down, Kurt Vile talks about family, inspiration, and blue-collar life (Philly style).

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We’re Not Groupies, We’re Band-Aids: How the Fans Loved and Destroyed One Direction

The millions of young women in One Direction's fan base both made the band -- and made sure that they would never be artists in their own right.

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It’s Alive! The Changing Face of Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein

Dick Briefer's Frankenstein was a patchwork monster, both horrible and hilarious. Few comic book creations can claim as much life as this creature possessed.

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The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’—But Oh, That Magic Feeling, Nowhere to Go

Abbey Road still fills me with the sense of wonder and fascination it did when listening to it over and over on my dad’s turntable.

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Turnpike Troubadours Return with Intimate New Album and Talk with PopMatters

Recorded at former chicken farm north of San Francisco, the new release from Turnpike Troubadours seems like the one that will finally solidify the group's reputation as the best of its kind. And one member says it all comes down to getting what you deserve.

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What Happened to Truth When Indiana Jones Became an Adjective?

Indiana Jones was born to be a cult object. What does that mean nearly four decades later, when prestigious institutions have embraced this artifice?

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Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Behaviour’ 25 Years Later

Behaviour is an important album with incisive songwriting and mature, sophisticated arrangements. The gamut of human emotion running through the fabric of 10 songs that are highly polished and real. It’s due for a serious reassessment.

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21 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

Deconstructing the Avengers: Bad Robot! Language Co-Opted

Like Joss Whedon himself, Ultron refuses to play fair: The bad robot in this film does not stand for the “shit” at all.

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21 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Darius Jones, Jazz Bohemian

With his new collaboration with French singer Emilie Lesbros, Darius Jones cements his position as a brilliant, model jazz musician in the new century.

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“A Kind of Liberation”: An Interview with Małgorzata Szumowska About ‘Body/Ciało’

At the London Film Festival, Alex Ramon talks to Małgorzata Szumowska about her new film, Body/Ciało, honoured at this year's Berlin and Gdynia Festivals.

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Ratatat’s Intuitive Creative Process: “It Just Feels Right”

When you're a duo of instrumental guitar beatsmiths who start headlining festivals in Poland, you know you're on to something good. Even more amazing though? How Ratatat's new album features the band's first-ever cover song (and the story behind it).

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Bill Maher and the Perils of the Commentator-Comedian

To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.

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The Necessary Audacity of ‘Bitch Planet’

Kelly Sue DeConnick doesn't go easy on the patriarchy.

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19 Oct 2015 // 6:00 AM

Party of One

Scott Hughes shares a few thoughts about the future of multiplayer and single-player game experiences. Will these types of games eventually become products that are "separate, but equal"?

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Hard Knocks and Hilarity: An Interview With Luenell

Comedienne Luenell testifies to the oppression, perseverance, and resilience of black women in comedy.

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19 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Auto-Tune In or Out?

Those who would doubt the influence of music technology on the development of pop music need to remember that rock music would not be possible without the invention of the electric guitar.

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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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