Tuesday, May 7 2013
Drummer Pat Thetic waxes on Anti-Flag's two-decade run as the most political band in music. Then the band blasts us with a barnburner show at LA's Troubadour.
Monday, May 6 2013
They were big in Australia, but as politics slowly began to inform their lyrics, the band soon began taking off worldwide, and now, with an epic two-disc retrospective out, Rob Hirst walks us through Midnight Oil's entire career, and what a journey it is.
PopMatters premieres Suchness, the debut album by trans-Pacific duo We Are Loud Whispers.
Sunday, May 5 2013
PopMatters premieres Sun Moon, the latest from Bay Area indie-pop vets the Orange Peels.
Monday, April 22 2013
We should have more thinking in our writing, even if it slows the normal process of reading to a useful crawl. Intellectual death has already claimed the distracted reader. May vital writers and their dwindling audiences always remain one paragraph ahead of the goon squad.
Monday, April 8 2013
Who will be our next dead celebrity? Does it matter? Regardless of who, as Joseph Conrad suggested, we each remain loyal to the nightmare of our choosing.
Thursday, April 4 2013
Gavin Wright's work makes clear that the material benefits of the civil rights acts of the '60s are as significant as the moral ones—an especially timely achievement as these monumental pieces of legislation, and the efficacy of governmental intervention more broadly, face new challenges.
Monday, March 25 2013
WBC’s warped logic that dead soldiers are divine retribution for America’s tolerance of homosexuality aligns bikers, LGBT people and many others in unexpected ways.
Sunday, March 24 2013
Scott Walker is succeeding, devilishly well, at keeping himself to himself. Each release finds him more withheld to the point where the solipsism on Bish Bosch becomes deafening. We’re still here Scott, some of us anyway, and we are not all store-room dummies.
Wednesday, March 20 2013
Through the act of collective mourning, we elevate dead celebrities to near-divinity. The need is both a primitive and a decidedly American one: to define ourselves by something other than an alienating individualism.
Monday, March 18 2013
"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."
Tuesday, March 12 2013
The process of arrival behind David Bowie’s The Next Day album was revelatory and every bit deserving of Harvard Business Review case-study.
Thursday, March 7 2013
In presenting both extreme affection and disdain toward the fictional town of Pawnee, Parks and Recreation captures the very mixed feelings many people have regarding their nonfictional hometown.
Monday, March 4 2013
In an era when the Stones relentlessly seek to extend, exploit and parlay their accrued fame (as do legions of lesser legacy acts), David Bowie, ever the brave contrarian, is doing his level best to open the shutters on a fresh new day.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
While critics have been severely judgemental of the Thompson family’s poverty and “trashiness", this concern actually ignores that the Boo Boo Clan embodies core American values.
Sunday, February 24 2013
Despite having seen it all before – the rock star and the blonde actress – we look on each such instance of celebrity death with the same mixture of surprise, curiosity, horror, and glee. Pop culture reflects our capacity to simultaneously ignore death and make of it an obsession.
Wednesday, February 6 2013
In a money- and youth-driven culture that seems to understand nearly all human activity as part of a contest, death, like poverty, has come to be associated, however imprecisely, with losing.
Monday, January 28 2013
PopMatters talks with comedian, radio host and director Tom Scharpling about his signature brew of "mirth, music and mayhem."
Thursday, December 20 2012
As reports of carnage flashed across conference room TVs, morning chatter grew hushed. The editorial staff wondered how to respond. Do we pull the Batman review that was supposed to run that day? Cancel our coverage of the weekend box office?
Thursday, November 29 2012
The Petraeus sex scandal, liberal 'naming and shaming' of young racists and Rihanna's new single share a common theme: popular culture as survelliance. We all seem to be minding one another's business and keeping a watchful eye on one another.