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Monday, May 27 2013

Good vs. Evil: The Inner Struggle of SXSW

There are a number of ways to view SXSW's growth. The most cynical response, voiced by those ranging from veterans nostalgic for a simpler experience to current artists chafing under the brutalist constraints of a 15 minute showcase slot is to simply cry “sellout".


Tuesday, May 14 2013

The Top Ten Most Exciting British Artists Playing at the Great Escape 2013

Ahead of the start of the 'European South by Southwest' this Thursday, PopMatters keeps you ahead of the game with ten British acts to watch in 2013.


Tuesday, April 30 2013

Armin van Buuren (Interview): 30 March 2013 - New York

Armin van Buuren sat down for an interview before his sold-out New York City "'A State of Trance 600" show, where compatriots Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz would be debuting their project New World Punx, to discuss Intense.


Tuesday, April 16 2013

Attention Must Be Paid: The Tragedy and Triumph of George Jones

No other performer in the history of the music has so perfectly embodied, in both his work and his life, the values, struggles, and idiosyncrasies that have come to define country.


Tuesday, April 9 2013

Momus in the Aftermath of the End of History

Momus may be the musician who most consistently makes me laugh and his wordplay and his logician’s ability to follow a funny premise to its often troubling culmination are as admirable as any comic’s.


Sunday, March 24 2013

SXSW: The Good The Bad and The Ugly Fest

What once began as a regional music festival that invited people to sample a local artistic community has become a spring break bowel movement and a corporate invasion that leaves the city blanketed in a cindering Dresden of bad faith branding.


Tuesday, March 19 2013

Third Eye Blind Returns Recharged at SXSW

Stephan Jenkins and friends debut three new songs at Austin set and remind us all -- even the city of Austin's finest -- how powerful and beloved they can be.


Sunday, March 17 2013

Butch Walker: In Focus at SXSW

One of America's greatest songwriters has been one of the hardest working artists at South By Southwest this year. That commitment, however, shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has followed his long and unpredictable career.


Friday, March 15 2013

SXSW Music 2013 - Weekender

PopMatters highlights some of the remaining opportunities to catch artists who may be on the last legs of their SXSW gauntlet, or are expected to use SXSW as a springboard for shows this spring.


Dave Grohl Gets Nostalgic in SXSW Keynote Address

As the featured speaker of this year's music festival, the Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighters lead singer reflects on what it took to get where he is today.


Wednesday, March 13 2013

SXSW Music 2013: A Preview of Coming Attractions

SXSW Music swings into full gear today. During the course of SXSW music, our team will bring you reports from the field, offering an impressionistic look into topical issues, industry trends, and memorable moments from the 27th edition of SXSW.


Sunday, March 10 2013

‘The Network’ Premieres at SXSW: An Interview with Filmmaker Eva Orner

Academy Award-winning producer Eva Orner marks her directorial debut with a documentary that is at once compelling and heart-breaking. The Network is about how one TV station challenges, informs, and entertains a country emerging from 30 years of war.


Wednesday, January 9 2013

‘80s Dreamscapes and Reluctant Stardom: Three Days with Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing

“When I think about my place in music, it’s just trying to find my little pocket of the musical world where I can just exist and be happy about what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished.”


Thursday, January 3 2013

A Ghost to Most: An Evening with Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers

Through his humor, his unflinching narrative eye, and his mastery of the common syllable, Mike Cooley is a unique poetic voice unlike any other in contemporary rock ‘n’ roll.


Thursday, November 15 2012

I Belong with You, You Belong with Me: New York Comic Con 2012

The soul-crushing, heartrending exuberance of a voyage through "everyone's happy place"…


Sunday, September 9 2012

Outsiders Looking in at the Republican National Convention 2012

In spite of all the rhetoric coming from Chief of Police Jane Castor in the days before the RNC about reserving extra jail space for the thousands they expected to arrest, as of Wednesday morning only three protestors had been arrested: one for wearing a mask, and another two who started a fight with each other at Romneyville.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

The Significance of Retro: Sincerely Yours, Marty McFly

Sincerely Yours, Marty McFly could have been another retro event without consequence. Yes, there was nostalgia.


Tuesday, July 24 2012

Days in and Days Out of Hall H: Comic-Con International 2012

Attending the various panels in Hall H at Comic Con can require a lot of planning and may take up your whole day.


Monday, July 23 2012

Vampires, Zombies and Superheroes… It Must Be Comic-Con International 2012

What started decades ago as a mere comic book convention has become a massive Hollywood promo blitz for the hottest science fiction, fantasy and super hero properties in film and television.


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Comic Con Explores the Digital Future of Comics

Were the people downloading comics loyal fans who had forsaken their local stores for the allure of cheaper titles and ease of access? Or were they new readers who would never have stepped into a comic book store, but decided to download something directly to their smartphone or tablet?


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