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Tuesday, March 17 2015

Curiouser and Curiouser: An Interview With Charlie Winston

The British singer's latest LP, Curio City, finds all of his influences distilled down to a funk-strummed groove of pure pop magic.


30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish: Part One

In 2014, the legendary jam band Phish released its 12th studio LP, Fuego. Here are some reasons why this group's legacy is one worth celebrating.


Monday, March 16 2015

Taking Off: An Interview with Catfish and the Bottlemen

After eight years on the road, these Welsh indie rockers are conquering the music world one show at a time.


Uncool Britannia: Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul of Britain

The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.


Friday, March 13 2015

‘Injury Time’ and Others for ‘The Black Hood’

A quatrain of "ways of looking", as Wallace Stevens put it, at the groundbreaking first issue of Dark Circle’s relaunch of The Black Hood.


Cinema Made in Italy, March 5th - March 9th 2015, Ciné Lumière, London

Mob comedies, reflective looks at wartime, and the Italian financial crisis are all under the gaze of the cameras at the Cinema Made in Italy season.


Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education

Although sex education is important, sex can never be reduced to a matter of health, science, or even knowledge.


Thursday, March 12 2015

Swingin’ Through the Slow Burner of Harvey Kurtzman’s ‘Jungle Book’

This story is about what happened in between Mad and Playboy. It's the story of how one time the great Harvey Kurtzman played a real slow burner.


Wednesday, March 11 2015

Back to the Beginning and Forward into the Future: An Interview with Delbert McClinton

Touring with the Beatles. Topping the charts with hits like "Giving It Up for Your Love". Now, Delbert McClinton looks back on his career and hints at what's to come.


Sonic Bloom: The Lackluster Reception Turned Lasting Reputation of ‘The Bends’

No matter how many times someone writes that Radiohead and The Bends “changed the face of music” in 1995, the retail and radio numbers tell a different story.


Tuesday, March 10 2015

On Experiencing ‘The Bends’ As a First-Time Listener

With The Bends having such strong cultural and critical preconceptions behind it, hearing the album from the perspective of a new lister can help cut through the pre-ordained narrative.


Splitting Hairs (of Identity) in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

James Gunn's epic borrows from the mythologies of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but its characters are on a much more contemporary quest for identity.


Monday, March 9 2015

Between the Grooves of Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’

PopMatters begins its look back at Radiohead's The Bends today. Here we examine The Bends track by track, examining it from angles spanning the cultural to the theoretical.


Friday, March 6 2015

‘Rebels’ Argues for Freedom As Pop Culture

Rebels is the book I was waiting for Brian Wood to attempt. Since long before Local, since before Northlanders since even before DMZ. It’s the story of the American Revolution, told in a way that only Brian Wood can.


Thursday, March 5 2015

Phases of Moon Knight

Last month’s Moon Knight #12 saw the conclusion of the second arc of the book. But with two different creative teams and two different approaches, is this even the same book? Or an under-the-radar reboot?


Spending Time with ‘Les Blank: Always for Pleasure’

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.


Wednesday, March 4 2015

Learning to Relax: An Interview with Dan Deacon

The world's most popular Wham City wonk who transcended his viral video notoriety to make transcendent pop music loves Less Than Jake. He also has a stress addiction, and his new album Gliss Riffer all stems from, of all things, a mixtape.


Tuesday, March 3 2015

Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World

The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.


Like Gangbusters!: An Interview with S

Jenn Ghetto is well known for co-founding Carissa’s Wierd. Now as 'S', Ghetto has crafted an indie heartbreak record inspired by Katy Perry.


Monday, March 2 2015

Coming Back to ‘Coming Home’: An Interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell

PopMatters' exclusive interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell celebrates the legacy of a pop music masterpiece, I'm Coming Home (1973).


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