Recent Features
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.

READ more
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.

READ more
“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.

READ more
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.

READ more

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.

READ more

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?”

READ more
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.

READ more

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.

READ more

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?

READ more
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.

READ more
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.

READ more
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".

READ more
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.

READ more
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.

READ more
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.

READ more
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.

READ more
A Cirque Du Soleil Performance in Hollywood Evokes Memories of the Circus of Hollywood

What do Dracula, The Pink Panther, Rocky Horror, The Exorcist, Thomas Edison and Danny Elfman have to do with Cirque Du Soleil? The Next Reel explores the 'Two Billion Nickelodeon'.

READ more
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.

READ more
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.

READ more
In Defense of Going to South By Southwest

Four days, six stories, one column, dozens of tweets and nearly 10,000 words later, I'm still wondering how we define success at SXSW.

READ more
More Recent Features
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Good Art Ruins 'White Night'

// Moving Pixels

"White Night is annoying largely due to its own beautiful and haunting art.

READ the article