Recent Features
For All the Misfits and the Losers: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Brings the Underdog to Broadway

That Hedwig is claiming so much success without losing its more challenging aspects and picking up “quadruple threat” Neil Patrick Harris in the process is nothing short of a miracle.

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The 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA - April 25-27, 2014

No other festival has as many stages, as many incredible culinary offerings, or as many evening and late shows that can take music fans all the way until the break of dawn.

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In Defense of Live Performances That Make the Audience Feel Alive

Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?

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The Top Ten Most Exciting British Artists Playing at the Great Escape 2014

With the European South by Southwest about to start in Brighton, PopMatters gives you the heads-up about the UK acts to keep an eye on over the coming year.

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Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila

With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.

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SXSW’s Little Sister: Savannah Stopover Music Festival

As far as festivals go SXSW is a lot like the high school cheerleader. Everyone either wants her or wants to be her. If this be true, then the Savannah Stopover Music Festival is her little sister. Younger, more modest, and increasingly harder to overlook.

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SXSW Science? The Interactive Conference Puts on a Lab Coat

This year’s SXSW Interactive keynotes didn’t headline 20-something social media entrepreneurs or garage tinkerers who’ve hit the big time or brilliantly polished C-suites sharing their vision of the future. The stars of the show this year were scientists.

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“Life, the Universe and Everything”: An Interview with Incubus’ Brandon Boyd

Incubus' Brandon Boyd finds inspiration in numerous arenas, from Phish to UFOs and more. PopMatters attended the San Diego show of Boyd's Sons of the Sea project and spoke to the man himself to get his intriguing views on a variety of topics.

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The Anti- SXSW: A Festival for the Disheveled at Couch By Couchwest

A no-cost counterpoint to SXSW one can enjoy at their leisure, Couch By Couchwest is a festival where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

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Nothing Shocking: The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Was this a great broadcast? It hasn't been for years. But quite frankly, the Grammy Awards may very well turn into a consistently solid event if they just focus on the performance styles that work and slightly retool their format.

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Geek Girl Con 2013 Synthesized Pop Culture, Science, Technology, and Critical Inquiry

I can't think of another gathering of academics, practitioners, and fans that places comics alongside not just other pop media, but also science, math, and technology.

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“I Look at Every Concert Like a New Painting”: Bill Evans’ Soulgrass

Bill Evans, as both the lead artist in Soulgrass and the provider of the canvas, is ever so welcoming into this magical little art studio of a band. But you’d better have come to paint.

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The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot

At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.

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23 Sep 2013 // 10:10 AM

Watch the 2013 Polaris Prize Gala Event Right Here

The 2013 Polaris Prize honors Canada's very best music and the pre-show and Gala Show will begin streaming/broadcasting at 7.00pm Eastern this very day.

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22 Aug 2013 // 12:00 AM

The Newport Folk Festival Paradox

We are all in this together, but now more than ever we are all hopelessly alone and apart. Three days of trading licks at Newport won't change anything, but in the words of Joe Fletcher, “Without Newport, what alternative is there? No folk at all?”

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Phish in 2013: The Pleasantly Plain Taste of Tempered Expectations

Dreadful wind and rain define a recent Phish gig in Wantagh, NY as fans mull the band's standing and purpose in 2013.

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18 Jul 2013 // 4:00 AM

A Celebration of All Things Ambient: AMBICON 2013

Conceived as a celebration of the seminal ambient music radio program Hearts of Space, AMBICON 2013 offered the genre's fans and admirers a feast of sounds and ideas.

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28 Jun 2013 // 4:00 AM

Examining a New Music Festival: Firefly 2013

With the glut of music festivals this summer, how does relative newcomer Firefly fare?

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In Defense of the Postal Service Reunion

Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release.

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Creating Enlightened Society with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Mipham, a Tibetan lama who is somewhat akin to a Gen-X version of the Dalai Lama, is the leader of the international Shambhala organization. His presence in the Bay Area is viewed as rare and auspicious.

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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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