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Wednesday, April 15 2009

by:Larm 2009: Hot Music from the Frost-Bitten North

Despite the cold conditions and snow-filled streets, Scandinavia’s premier music festival was a warm and welcoming affair, affording time to not only see some top notch music, but also explore Oslo as well.


Tuesday, March 31 2009

WOMADelaide 2009

From the fanaticism that surrounded Seun Kuti’s Saturday night performance to the seated crowd that succumbed to Dona Rosa’s smile, WOMADelaide was a mix of sights, styles, and instruments.


Wednesday, March 25 2009

Perfect Storms: The 11th Annual D.C. Independent Film Festival

On the first Saturday, I saw some 15 films, surviving on popcorn and a gallon of Diet Coke, bleary-eyed from taking notes by the light of my cell phone. By the time it was over, I had seen 35 -- a rewarding whirlwind.


Sunday, March 22 2009

The (Un)lonely Crowd

A festival pass no longer guarantees a communal experience for music lovers. Instead, appreciating events like SXSW is now about social networking and utilizing new technologies. So what does this say about the future of "the concert"?


Wednesday, March 18 2009

Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Strange Interlude’

The Neo Futurists take what may be O’Neill’s most gut-wrenching work and make dry hijinks from inception to final bow.


Wednesday, March 11 2009

The Secret Policeman’s Balls

The seemingly smutty and initially baffling title is the collective moniker for a series of Amnesty International benefit concerts, held in London.


Tuesday, February 17 2009

The Way of All Flesh: Notes on the 2009 Victoria Film Festival

In non-Hollywood cinema, there’s less emphasis placed on svelte figures and chiseled cheekbones. But that doesn’t mean the physical form can’t play just as significant a role on-screen.


Monday, February 9 2009

Pulling Names from a Hat: The 2009 Grammy Awards

If the Grammy Awards are really supposed to be "Music's Biggest Night", then what does the 2009 ceremony say about the state of sonic entertainment right now?


Thursday, February 5 2009

M for Montréal - Leonard Cohen Eats There

Montréal may sit a mere 37 miles north of the American border and, for me, a short 90-minute flight from Philadelphia, yet the former Canadian capital really is a world away. PopMatters visits the M for Montréal in search of great new Canadian music and the soul of a city.


Monday, January 26 2009

The Big Shoulders Ball: Celebrating the Inauguration, Chicago Style

A busload of Chicago's best and brightest independent musicians storm the nation's capital on the eve of the Presidential inauguration and a former Chicagoan turned Washingtonian discovers that maybe you can transport the spirit of the Windy City -- if only for one night.


Tuesday, January 6 2009

Part 5: Best and Worst Dressed

They may not have been Ziggy Stardust, but they certainly weren't wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Behold this year's haute couture.


Part 4: Best Moves

Theater ain’t just for drama dorks -- it’s the lifeblood of rock n’ roll. Here’s to the crazy-big effects, stage set-ups, and sets that made this a dramatic year indeed.


Part 3: Hecklers and Other Interruptions

Hecklers, bless their souls, push performers to say things that no person on stage should ever say out loud. Here we honor the best on both sides of this eternal dance of the foul-mouthed.


Part 2: Rawk and Anti-Rock

Anyone can lay down a rocking riff, but it takes a real fiend to unleash the fire burning below. Dust off your devil horns, because these muthas didn’t just rawk our socks; they set those little bastards on fire.


Part 1: Best and Worst Openers

Remember when LCD Soundsystem opened for Arcade Fire? How about when the Shins opened for Modest Mouse? Door times are for the birds, but sometimes it does pay to show up early.


Sunday, November 16 2008

Hamburg: Germany’s Port of Rock ‘n’ Roll

PopMatters shoulders its backpacks and treks to Hamburg to check out Germany's pop music capital, to partake of four days of Kunst und Kultur, historical wanderings, and indulge in a bit of Gemütlichkeit.


Thursday, November 13 2008

Voodoo Music Experience Festival

The Voodoo Experience brings national acts to New Orleans and highlights the city’s uniquely diverse music scene. Such is the ethos of the city: Anything goes, as long as there’s dancing.


Wednesday, November 12 2008

Where Music is Written, or Dapper LeChampagne’s Unraveling at Austin City Limits

Dapper was going to disintegrate today. He would see her during Band of Horses. She was wearing white. Her eyes were round and soft when they met his.


Thursday, November 6 2008

Personal Epics: The 46th Annual New York Film Festival

Shafted by the current events taking place outside its theaters, the New York Film Festival was agreeably low-key this year, demonstrating that art, at its best, can serve as valuable provocation when we try to make sense of a bewildering world.


Tuesday, November 4 2008

CMJ Music Marathon 2008: From Top Draw to Taco Bell

Whether they were looking for a quick blast of blog action or a record deal, over 1,000 bands poured into New York City looking for that elusive ounce of praise that could elevate them from a gaggle of fans to the Gossip Girl soundtrack. Here are the best 20 and the worst 10 artists.


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