Recent Features
Going Wrong: An Interview with Moby

He's memorized the worst live review he ever received. He's still outspoken politically. Moby's Innocents is a change of pace for the techno maestro.

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Aim & React: An Interview with Still Life Still

Still Life Still talks to PopMatters about their new disc, growing up on violent movies, and how they never want to leave the public consciousness for that long ever again.

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27 Sep 2013 // 3:14 AM

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for October 2013

Here's a preview of some of October's most anticipated releases, including new albums by Cults, Deltron 3030, and the Dismemberment Plan.

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“Let’s Go Big, Bigger Than Ever!”: An Interview with Au Revoir Simone

Although many think the notion of the "keyboard band" has come and gone, Au Revoir Simone are keeping the notion very much alive, and in talking to PopMatters, they spill all about their new album, Daft Punk, and writing sci-fi.

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Waiting to Be Heard: On Being Deaf and Gay

Scant research has been done on those individuals who are both LGBT and deaf. This is surprising, considering what my sister, an interpreter for the deaf, has told me: "You'd be surprised how many deaf people are gay."

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23 Sep 2013 // 3:15 AM

Real Simulation, False Prophecy

Real political and economic issues hamper gargantuan projects, and that’s where SimCity 2000 breaks down.

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20 Sep 2013 // 3:30 AM

Sweet Dreams: The World of Patsy Cline

Country music singer Patsy Cline embodied the power and appeal of women in country music, and helped open the lucrative industry to future female solo artists.

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19 Sep 2013 // 3:14 AM

Fascism Is Not Fun: Katniss, Capitalism and Media Blindness

The German silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) eerily displays the same ideological ground as The Hunger Games (2012). In fact, they may be similar cultural markers of the consciousness of these respective civilizations, although they appeared during distant epochs.

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18 Sep 2013 // 3:14 AM

For Infidelity: Reconsidering Aesthetic Anachronism

Being faithful to the original can require removing it from its context. It’s a necessary and paradoxical reversal.

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In Defense of the Influence of ‘Difficult Men’

Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.

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Is Miley Cyrus a Master of Social Media?

With each tweet, photo upload, and "twerk" video, Miley Cyrus artfully crafts her star image, always maintaining our interest in how she presents herself.

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We Call It Living the Dream: An Interview with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The acclaimed Missouri indie-poppers talk with PopMatters about whether to name a song "Harrison Ford" on their new album (they did), being forced to play a song on Russian television, and their love of J-Pop.

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Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.

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13 Sep 2013 // 4:00 AM

The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History

In our postmodern, porn-obsessed culture, vaginas appear to be everywhere, literally or symbolically -- yet they are as silenced as they are objectified. The Vagina examines the paradox of female genitalia through literature, film, TV, visual, and performance art.

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I Don’t Need a Reason to Cry: An Interview with Shelby Lynne

In a time when musicians continue to struggle to find their footing in an uncertain market environment, few artists have managed to succeed in pursuing the independent path of Shelby Lynne. She talks to PopMatters about her acclaimed recent album, her upcoming tour, and so much more.

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Take a Look, It’s in an eBook: An Interview with LeVar Burton

From Roots to Star Trek and well beyond, LeVar Burton says that his time on Reading Rainbow was "the most important thing I've ever done." With a new app to encourage reading, he tells us how its legacy will extend to a whole new generation.

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Internet Saved the Radio Star: The Rise of Podcast Drama

Welcome to Night Vale, the news show from a town that doesn't exist, has quickly and unexpectedly become America's favourite podcast. As the next stage in audio fiction's evolution takes shape, it also confirms the curious, enduring appeal of stories on the radio.

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“All of Its Variety and Splendor”: Van Dyke Parks on Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson was one pop music's greatest enigmas, a genius wrapped in his own vices. With the release of the expansive The RCA Albums Collection. To help tell his story, the legendary Van Dyke Parks talks to PopMatters about his old friend and collaborator Harry Nilsson.

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What the Folk? When the Traditional Becomes the Counter-Culture

The question of the ubiquity of folk revival is different from how long it will last. Instead, we could be asking whether the Lumineers and Mumford can tear down the establishment when they're in the mainstream.

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Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain

This is a book about the periphery, the elusive point at which law and piracy traded places, legitimacy became lawless, and courtesy grew discourteous.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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