Recent Features
Tori Amos’ ‘Boys for Pele’: 20 Years of Fire

It’s been 20 years since Tori Amos slammed down the gauntlet and set her piano afire, willing and possibly eager to sacrifice anyone who spurned her to writhe in Pele’s eternal flames.

READ more
Ronald Jones, John Tesh, and Metallic Clouds: An Interview with Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne

Fresh off the massive re-release of the Flaming Lips' fan-favorite 1995 album Clouds Taste Metallic, frontman Wayne Coyne reminisces on its creation, its influence, and mystery surrounding former band member Ronald Jones.

READ more

20 Jan 2016 // 2:00 AM

White Jumpsuits: Sci-Fi TV of the Disco Era

Despite skin-tight jumpsuits, dodgy special effects, and silly plots, "disco-era" sci-fi helped US TV became comfortable with ideas too big, too strange, or too disturbing for a "mundane" context.

READ more

19 Jan 2016 // 2:00 AM

The Tortoise Wins: An Interview with Dan Bitney

Tortoise's Dan Bitney talks about 25 years in post-rock, the band's latest collaboration with Chicago's free-jazz community and why it made sense to add vocals after all these years.

READ more
The Kamasi Washington Phenomenon

PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.

READ more

14 Jan 2016 // 6:29 AM

In Defense of Board Games

Board games show us a path out of our addiction to the on-screen desert of gaming by making the real world a tactile oasis for entertainment. You’re playing against people, not code, and you might even learn some history, biology, or economics while you're at it.

READ more
‘Silicon Valley’s’ Humor Is Smart, and Assumes Its Viewers Are Too

Unlike the other "geek-themed" series, The Big Bang Theory, Silicon Valley finds its humor in its geeky characters, rather than at their expense.

READ more
Mourning the Alien: The Many Lives and Powerful Death of David Bowie

In remembering David Bowie, we ask that you remember him two ways: through the eyes of so many others who saw so many different things in him, and through the biggest lie that he ever told us.

READ more
John Lennon’s ‘Working Class Hero’: Boundaries, Mobility and Honesty

The working class song has to speak of boundaries and ambition, but it also has to say where the performer stands among the people, among the classes—or where he thinks he stands, or wants to stand.

READ more
As Long as There’s Fire: David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ to ‘The Next Day’

Forty years after "Heroes", we discover the doomed couple wasn’t so doomed after all, those declarations of love weren’t as futile as we thought, and there are indeed heroes to be found.

READ more
Where Is the Truth in Our Romance of Popular Physics?

If all the truth of physics is in the math, what kind of storytelling are we lay persons getting when we read popular accounts of physics that are completely stripped of it?

READ more
Naptown Heroes: A Conversation With Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s

Margot & The Nuclear So and So's founding member Richard Edwards reflects on the legacy of his group just as Joyful Noise Recordings releases

READ more
The Gospel According to Ricky Gervais (in 140 Characters or Less)

One of today's most accomplished and revered comedic minds has jettisoned himself onto the frontlines of the culture wars where he wittily battles on behalf of humanism, reason, and secularism.

READ more
New ‘Star Wars’ Film Is a Fascinating Insight into the Populist Artistry of Its Veteran Screenwriter

The rehabilitation of the Star Wars franchise is a triumphant return for Kasdan, whose output since the start of the millennium has been as underwhelming as that of, well, George Lucas.

READ more

4 Jan 2016 // 1:59 AM

The Nancy Meyers Method

Nancy Meyers consistently ensures that any woman worthy of being in one of her scripts would not need the guy to be with her at the end of the third act.

READ more

30 Dec 2015 // 11:23 AM

The Best Films of 2015

What is Art, at its best, but the very weapon by which we wage the necessary, perpetual war on Culture? Here, but a quiver full of the world’s arsenal of 2015 film offerings.

READ more
A Voice on Air: Frank Sinatra and the Golden Age of Radio

Nobody “owned” radio like the Voice, and in the decades since, no other star has come close to dominating the medium like Sinatra, as the newly released boxset A Voice on Air demonstrates

READ more
The Worst Films of 2015

Get a laugh from the trailers of the worst movies of 2015, but don't waste your time watching these films unless you happen to enjoy things that are so bad they are amusing.

READ more
The Best Regional Mexican Music of 2015

Whether norteño or banda, regional Mexican music had rich and vibrant year in 2015.

READ more

23 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

A Shane Black Christmas

Issues like regret, redemption, and red-eyed depression hit everyone in December -- the only difference is, it’s usually not followed by a shootout and attempted kidnapping.

READ more
More Recent Features
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

READ the article