Monday, February 14 2011
Amidst all the tributes, over-the-top performances, and CBS-centric presenters, the Grammy ceremony only occasionally remembered to hand out an award or two. But when it did, the results were often surprising ...
Monday, November 1 2010
PopMatters' Kirby Fields travels to Washington -- with two-year-olds wearing matching Colonial Boy and Colonial Girl outfits in tow -- to find sanity amidst the massive event that was 'The Rally to Restore Sanity'.
Friday, October 29 2010
Matador 21, the three-day celebration of Matador Records' 21st anniversary, could be seen as part of the year's trend towards '90s nostalgia, but at the time it felt like something different.
Thursday, October 28 2010
This year's organizers offered a reinvigorated idea of what the New York Film Festival can be: elite and cerebral, topically, tonally, and globally diverse, and eager to foster a dialogue with its community.
Tuesday, October 5 2010
This past week Columbia College hosted the Chicago Women in Comics but rather than unearth a discourse of marginalization, the event showcased a deep wellspring of talent and widescale commercial success.
Wednesday, September 1 2010
“SWA is a festival of talent born in dissatisfaction, anger and desperation. But, hopefully, over the years to come it will continue to generate opportunity, confidence, realisation of potential and a cleansing of the soul.”
Wednesday, August 18 2010
For stand-up economist Yoram Bauman, getting laughs out of the financial situation is his business. Even during these hard times, business is good.
Thursday, August 12 2010
A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.
Tuesday, August 3 2010
Lollapalooza is one of the biggest music festivals of the summer, but with 100-plus acts on the lineup, not everyone hitting the stage has the name-recognition of a Green Day or a Lady Gaga. In this two-part feature, PopMatters follows one band as it prepares for its first gig at an event that is expected to draw almost 100,000 excited music fans.
Tuesday, July 13 2010
An ideal location, perfect weather, wonderful people, and everything you could want in a festival experience.
Thursday, July 1 2010
No other festival can touch Bonnaroo for its eclectic mix of first-rate artists from a staggering cross-section of genres. In fact, Bonnaroo, in the festival's ninth year, offered more incredible live music than you can possibly stand to take in.
Wednesday, May 12 2010
Indie-rock's most revered recluse makes a rare appearance in New York City and in so doing, manages to overcome his own myth, one song at a time.
Monday, May 3 2010
The 18th Annual French Film Festival, running from 25-28 March, included presentations by 40 visiting French filmmakers and movies about a range of subjects -- about human and family relationships, immigration, gold mining, and the global economic crisis.
Tuesday, March 30 2010
SXSW conference attendees took a workmanlike “how-to” approach to discussing new revenue streams, replacing the “what do we do now?” tone of recent years.
Wednesday, March 24 2010
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.
Monday, February 1 2010
The Grammys seem like a festering boomer leftover, far removed from the present where major labels live in post-apocalyptic decline.
Overblown set pieces, fiery performances, and category wins that no one saw coming -- yes, this year, the Grammy Awards decided to be interesting.
Sunday, January 17 2010
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.
Thursday, January 14 2010
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.
Monday, November 2 2009
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.