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Wednesday, June 20 2012

It Ain’t Austin Yet, But North by Northeast 2012 Rocked

To paraphrase Guy Clark, it ain’t Austin yet, but it’s getting there. There were 800 bands. I saw about 30. Here's what I thought about nine of them.


Thursday, May 10 2012

Elective Affinities at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Film Festival is a rich collection of “elective affinities” that forces us to ponder the relationships between stories placed side-by-side, like so many books on a shelf.


Wednesday, February 29 2012

POP Montréal: Ten Years on the Cutting Edge (Part 1)

POP Montréal. One part artist showcase, one part music appreciation lesson, and one part street party, POP, like other top destination events, is as much about a place and a time, as it is about the performances, creating a series of memorable moments.


Monday, February 13 2012

Bored This Way: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

In the wake of a tragic loss within the music industry, the Grammy Awards actually went on a surprisingly respectful, understated route... before turning into the vapid technicolor circus that has become hallmark for the very worst of Grammy broadcasts.


Thursday, January 5 2012

From Touring Carnival to Destination Festival: Lollapalooza at 20

When Lollapalooza disappeared from view in 1997, it seemed that a good idea had run its course. But the end of the road for Lollapalooza as a tour turned out to be just the first part of its story.


Thursday, October 27 2011

The Power of Communion: A Chat with Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett didn't like the way that the world of booking and promoting musicians was being handled -- so he completely reinvented it.


Thursday, October 20 2011

Lollapalooza 1991: The Underground As a Community

Originally conceived of as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza turned into something even grander: Woodstock for Gen X.


Tuesday, October 18 2011

The Value of CMJ: Festival Kicks off Today in NYC

Exploring CMJ 2011 as it kicks off today. The state of the world is much different, for better of worse, from the time of the first CMJ conference in 1980. So what can CMJ Music Marathon attendees expect? Using 2010 as a guide...


Tuesday, September 27 2011

PopMatters Picks: Best 2011 Summer Concert Experiences

PopMatters writers offer up a smattering of their favorite concert moments from the summer of 2011.


Monday, September 26 2011

ATP America Presents: I’ll Be Your Mirror Curated by Portishead & ATP

All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror opens in its new location in Asbury Park, New Jersey this weekend with a lineup curated by Portishead and ATP. PopMatters speaks to the festival's founder, Barry Hogan, to discuss where ATP has been and where it's going.


Wednesday, August 31 2011

Dances with Spiders: Italian Roots Music, With Bite, Comes to North America

The story of the pizzica revival is one of how a music associated with a healing ritual of poor, oppressed peasants was transformed into a proud assertion of cultural heritage and identity.


Wednesday, August 24 2011

When Art Is Illegal (Or Not)

Graffiti is, as Norman Mailer famously described it, "Your presence on their Presence... hanging your alias on their scene."


Tuesday, August 23 2011

The Museum of Modern Art Highlights ‘Images of War (At a Distance)’

Visual artist Harun Farocki's MoMA installation fuses images of war and violence with the documentary mode to create a bold, confrontational hybrid.


Thursday, August 11 2011

It’s the Film at Work: Interview with Shamim Sarif and Hanan Kattan

"Whatever situation you are in," says Shamim Sarif, "there are opportunities for the human spirit to grow, and I like to have that possibility in the films and the work that we do."


Thursday, July 21 2011

Phish Rocks the House at Super Ball IX

The Vermont quartet delivered a monumental series of performance that conjured a Scott Pilgrim vs the World status – “an epic of epic epicness”. There seems to be only one band that has the dedicated fan base to stage its own mega-festival with no supporting acts.


Tuesday, July 19 2011

Rust Belt Visions: The 2011 Allied Media Conference

In Detroit, a cauldron where neoliberal experiments are tested and then unleashed upon the world, the Allied Media Conference reveals both the huge challenges facing community organizing and how media can assist the disenfranchised.


Monday, July 18 2011

Revisionist History: Hair Metal’s Proto-Punk Roots

There might not seem to be any rhyme or reason for pairing Mötley Crüe and Poison with the New York Dolls, but appearances can be deceiving when it comes to the self-proclaimed "tour of the summer".


Thursday, June 23 2011

Duke Ellington and Paris Part 2: An Interview With Laurent Mignard

In this second part of his 'Duke and Paris' series, Matthew Asprey looks into what Laurent Mignard means, when he says, "Our record is called Duke Ellington Is Alive because I'm really sure that Duke's mood is still with us."


Wednesday, June 22 2011

Summer Is Electric With Electronic Music Festivals

Fans of electronic music will find a lot of massive events going on around the US this summer. Here are a few to look out for.


Friday, June 17 2011

It’s a Classical Kind of Summer

Classical music fans can rest assured that financially stressed arts organizations will continue to strive to make events accessible to the public, particularly in the summer months.


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