Recent Features
Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.

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Running From Sane: An Interview with Adult Swim’s Jason DeMarco

Jason DeMarco is the man behind Adult Swim's Singles Program, was instrumental in getting Run the Jewels together, and still geeks out over Slayer. DangerDoom's album just turned 10, Singles Program 2015 just finished, and DeMarco looks back on all of it with PopMatters.

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“Living and Breathing”: A Conversation With Glen Hansard

With a stellar new album out now, Glen Hansard expresses gratitude for the opportunities afforded to him by the success of Once, while at the same time has his eyes firmly set on the future.

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On Evil Yogis and the Icy Silence of Yoga’s Post-Disintegration

David Gordon White's life-long research of South Asian religions reveals the dubious roots of the West's feel good contemporary yoga industry.

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9 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us: An Interview with HURTS

English synthpop duo HURTS have consistently delivered visuals as striking as their darkly delicious pop songs. With their latest album Surrender, US and worldwide domination just might be theirs for the taking.

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John Scofield: A Guitar Hero for Jazz and Beyond

John Scofield's new recording, Past Present, is a revival of his very best jazz group and an affirmation that pop joy can live inside of jazz.

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“It’s the Process That’s Wonderful”: An Interview With Spooner Oldham

Spooner Oldham has built a career out of countless songwriting achievements. Now, some 40 years after his first-ever solo album came out, it's re-released, allowing a whole new generation to rediscover the greatness in Oldham's soulful sound.

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Rooting for Harry Lime: ‘The Third Man’ As Morally Ambiguous Heterotopia

The Third Man's film-noir vision of a fractured postwar landscape creates an ‘other space’ (heterotopia), through which its moral realities and boundaries still resonate.

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Edouard Bourdet’s Lesbian Play, ‘The Captive’, Was Certainly Captive of its Time

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home isn't the first lesbian themed work of art to garner acclaim and controversy; 90 years ago, The Captive set the precedent.

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Electrical Energy: An Interview with JR JR

With a name change and renewed sense of pop purpose, Josh Epstein of dynamic pop duo JR JR talks with PopMatters about the band's eponymous new album and so much more.

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Vaporwave Ambassador-Turned-Future Funk Heartthrob Talks about Change: A Chat with Skylar Spence

From the bedroom of Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi) comes Prom King, the first album under the new moniker of young producer Ryan DeRobertis. He shares his thoughts about dropping out of college, his surprising propulsion into the mainstream, and his growth as a musician.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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Music Fest Feminists Strike Back

This may be the year that sexist music festival organizers have finally met their match.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 2: 80 - 61

Just imagine songs this extreme making the American Top 40, let alone the Top 10… unthinkable.

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How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature?

In the late ‘90s there was an explosion of politicized art – film, video, and performance art – by trans artists. What we're seeing in literature today is a move to a much broader scale.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

Beginning today and continuing all week, we present one critic's best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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In France They Kiss on Netflix

What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?

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22 Sep 2015 // 7:04 AM

“I Love Going Crazy in My Songs”: A Conversation with Julia Holter

"I write with a character in mind. I just let myself write whatever comes out without it necessarily being directly a translation of what I'm aware that I'm feeling, you know?"

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“Mise en Abyme”: DJ Spooky on the Recursive Loops of Culture

DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation is a "destabilizing" remix of D.W. Griffith's original propagandist film, performed by Kronos Quartet. Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) shares the evolution of the film's relevance and his unique take on how life imitates art.

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L’Heure d’été: Osheaga 2015

Montreal's Osheaga Festival has quickly become the best destination festival in North America, during which the city pops with music, art, and culture.

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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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