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Tuesday, January 6 2009

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.


Thursday, August 28 2008

Horses for Courses: Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, Part Two

Sandwiched between Lil Wayne’s lyrical wizardry and Kanye West’s globetrotting techno-populism, Bob Dylan gave one of the festival’s rare encores on a day when nearly every band deserved one.


Wednesday, August 27 2008

Horses for Courses: Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, Part One

With a line-up that read like a quick scroll through an FM radio dial, the Virgin Mobile Festival attempted to please every faction of the musical market and had more successes (Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sharon Jones, Wilco) than shortcomings (The Offspring).


Thursday, August 7 2008

Noise Bleed

The surfeit of noise in the modern world demands a genre of music that can match it, squall for squall. Humphrey reports on San Francisco's noise music scene.


High Sierra Music Festival 2008

Despite the forest fires that plagued Northern California, the festival went off without a hitch, providing its own smoking performances and hot jams along with inventive instrumental interplay and socially conscious songs.


Wednesday, August 6 2008

Comic-Con 2008: Bigger Than Ever, But Does That Mean Better?

Comic-Con 2008 was a long weekend of geeked-out bliss and a chance to rub elbows with everyone from tiny independent comic artists trying to sell their books to big Hollywood stars. But it also meant gigantic crowds and impossibly long lines.


Sunday, July 20 2008

Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.


Thursday, July 17 2008

Don’t Forget Your Wellies: Glastonbury 2008

With only a flimsy $15 tent and wellington boots for protection, PopMatters’ Cole Stryker avoided Amy Winehouse’s punches, the mud, and John Mayer, at the annual global gathering that is the Glastonbury Festival.


Thursday, June 26 2008

High and Low: Film Forum Presents: Nakadai

New York’s Film Forum offers an ambitious and inspired film series this summer, dedicated to the films of Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai. The series is as entertaining, provocative, and intricate as its subject.


Sunday, June 22 2008

Brilliance and Boredom in Barcelona

There are many different ways of achieving greatness when playing live. Of course you have to have great songs, but that is not the only variable to take into account for real stage success.


The Gaudí, the Bands, and the (Not So) Muddy

You know there's a music festival in the city when fedoras and scarves outnumber baseball caps and gold chains.


Sunday, June 15 2008

Memory of a Free Festival

The carefully curated lineups at the big multiday summer music festivals promise an unforgettable experience for fans -- those who can afford to go, that is.


Wednesday, May 28 2008

Fuse Box 2008 Part I

Etiquette breaks down that fourth wall, invites you in, sits you down at its table, and serves you a glass of confusion that implies you are witnessing a suicide.


Monday, May 5 2008

Winter Music Conference 2008

In his account of the nation's premier techno festival, David Tatasciore captures the good, the bad, and the ugly that made the Winter Music Conference such an unforgettable experience.


Thursday, March 20 2008

Pink Floyd Is Actually Australian

In which a skeptic attends his first tribute band concert and comes out the other side convinced that not only is the Australian Pink Floyd Show the real deal, it may be even better than the real thing.


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