Recent Features
SXSW 2010: But Can It Be Monetized?

After five days of sun, beer, panel discussions and performances from sun up 'til sun up, what have we learned? Brand yourself, exploit social media, and make some music once in a while.

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Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Seen This Grammys Before

The Grammys seem like a festering boomer leftover, far removed from the present where major labels live in post-apocalyptic decline.

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When Over-the-Top Hits the Spot: 2010 Grammy Awards

Overblown set pieces, fiery performances, and category wins that no one saw coming -- yes, this year, the Grammy Awards decided to be interesting.

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17 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM

Hamburg: Art, with Its Sleeves Rolled Up

You won't spot a castle or a moat or even an oversized ego in this town, as it's the work that counts in this port city. High-quality substance is valued over prima donna celebrity, as we discover from the premiere of Richard Wagner's Siegfried.

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Our Band Could Be Your Life. Again. Band Reunions Redefined in the 2000s

The decade's most memorable reunion stories have not been cash grabs by classic rock giants, but unexpected comebacks by some of indie's most valuable players. Here's why.

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2 Nov 2009 // 8:59 PM

10 Rules on How to Sink or Swim at CMJ

Though several bands demanded double-takes, and many impressed, there were no obvious standouts at this year's CMJ. Instead, our writers found bands that exemplified standards for success, and failure, putting together ten rules on how to sink or swim at CMJ.

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The 47th Annual New York Film Festival

There were plenty of films in the New York Film Festival that captured similar redemptive moments and there is nothing esoteric, depressing or arduous about that.

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Sun, Sweat and Tears: Three Days at the Austin City Limits Festival

PopMatters takes a look at how a disparate array of acts fared in Austin’s playpen of mud, the blood, and the beer.

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Ride This Time Machine Down a Road Less Traveled

Jump into that ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with the maxed-out tailfins, contemplate what an original Barbie doll could fetch on eBay, and enjoy this roll call of Reasons Why Everything Changed in 1959.

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Great City, a Great City’s Music: The Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Our jazz critic Will Layman spent a full week soaking up the music -- and the city -- offered by what may be North America's finest jazz festival.

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11 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Kids Are All Write: Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

After three days of sore feet, throbbing eardrums, and insufficient sleep, Pitchfork’s annual music festival was a welcome reminder of how good rock music can feel.

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5 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Bonnaroo: Creating a Sustainable City

In an age where the end of fossil fuel is firmly in sight, Bonnaroo is re-building the modern music festival, a 20th century beast fueled by the dirty technologies of that century, for the future.

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Pot, Skinny-Dipping, and Freedom Rock: Woodstock and the Year of the Outdoor Music Festival (Part 2)

PopMatters presents the second part of a chapter on Woodstock from Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: The Year Everything Changed. Part two covers Woodstock appearances by the Who, the Band, Jimi Hendrix and more.

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Pot, Skinny-Dipping, and Freedom Rock: Woodstock and the Year of the Outdoor Music Festival (Part 1)

Today and Wednesday, PopMatters is presenting a chapter on Woodstock from Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: The Year Everything Changed. Part one covers the run-up to the festival as well as those early sets by the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

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Roswell UFO Festival: 3 July 2009 - Roswell, NM

The biggest question on the minds of most attendees was not whether there is a cover-up, but when it will end.

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18 Jun 2009 // 9:59 PM

Primavera Sound: On the Beach

Providing the perfect midway point between British and American festivals, Primavera Sound really is the best of both worlds.

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16 Jun 2009 // 10:00 PM

Dinosaur, Sr. or, Growing Old with (Prog) Rock and Roll

As part of his own personal “See ‘em While They’re Still Standing” 2008-2009 Tour -- tracking how his old music heroes are aging -- one PopMatters writer checks in on Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood.

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25 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Born on the Bayou

With 500 performances spread out over seven days, two weekends, and 14 stages, PopMatters’ reporter takes New Orleans’ Jazz Fest to task, but also asks: Where else on earth could this happen?

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Near Misses and Gems: 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

Selecting just 85 feature films for screening, this year's Tribeca Film Festival increased the quality quotient, cutting the number of embarrassing failures that once studded the schedule like a minefield.

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Coachella 2009: A Musical Oasis

Under the searing sun of the California desert, Coachella shines through again as one of the nation's best music fests…

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//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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