Recent Features

5 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Bonnaroo: Creating a Sustainable City

In an age where the end of fossil fuel is firmly in sight, Bonnaroo is re-building the modern music festival, a 20th century beast fueled by the dirty technologies of that century, for the future.

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Feel It: An Interview With Kim Deal of the Pixies and the Breeders

If it seems like Deal has too much going on right now, you're just not keeping up. Her work with the hugely influential Pixies and indie icons the Breeders and the Amps has made her a legend.

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Pot, Skinny-Dipping, and Freedom Rock: Woodstock and the Year of the Outdoor Music Festival (Part 2)

PopMatters presents the second part of a chapter on Woodstock from Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: The Year Everything Changed. Part two covers Woodstock appearances by the Who, the Band, Jimi Hendrix and more.

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2 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Ghetto of Genre

Proehl discovered the secret Supremes country album. Now all the genre-restricting straightjackets bounding country music are off.

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Pot, Skinny-Dipping, and Freedom Rock: Woodstock and the Year of the Outdoor Music Festival (Part 1)

Today and Wednesday, PopMatters is presenting a chapter on Woodstock from Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: The Year Everything Changed. Part one covers the run-up to the festival as well as those early sets by the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

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28 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Def and Twisted

A band of pretty youngsters from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and a homely bunch of New York club scene veterans. Rock on.

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20 Questions: Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about the cultural offerings, high and not so high, that he gets a kick out of -- from to Duke Ellington to Captain Beefheart.

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The Demise of Vibe Magazine and the Future of Criticism

With diminishing places for thoughtful criticism, black cultural critics exist as little more than commentators on the Obama White House. Blackness has been reduced to a news cycle.

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Hipster Hatred Knows No Bounds

Our new columnist and satirist Michael Brett, an 'old', curmudgeonly rock guy, recalls when he first noticed the proto-hipster. It was the Weezer show at the Aragon in 1994

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Dan Auerbach: In Search of the Authentic Sound

Dan Auerbach tells PopMatters: “Of course I want my albums to be successful, but ultimately I don’t care too much what anyone thinks ... I’m going to sound this way, no matter what.”

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Jennifer Lee: The Bay Area Diana Krall

Jennifer Lee is not the typical, seductive jazz singer in a little black dress, holding a martini and giving you a late night wink. But she is a heck of a singer and musician, and she's ready to be heard.

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21 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Hail to the Thief, Again?

Thom Yorke’s thoughts about political power are in good company. Great theorists of power and justice agree: “you do it to yourself”.

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“Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs”: An Interview with Otis Taylor

The critically acclaimed bluesman talks to PopMatters about his musical path, bringing the banjo back to its roots in black music, and his new album Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs that marks his return to the guitar.

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It Ain’t Hard to Tell: The Legacy of ‘Illmatic’

The "half-man, half-amazin'", Nas' persona is part myth and part "everyday kid" from the Queensbridge projects.

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Sex in the U.S.A.: Male Sexuality in Springsteen’s American Dream

Born in the U.S.A. turns 25 this year. Hohman looks at how Bruce Springsteen stresses male sexuality as imperative to the American Dream on the seminal album, but asks, where does that leave the women?

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Re-Inventing the Deal: An Interview with Michelle Shocked

Corporate battles, homelessness, and forgiveness are routine to this "indelible" woman.

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15 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Mona Mur [Berlin, Germany]

Shedding her wash-out past, Mona Mur has found a new strength and a new focus, balancing the virtual with the real, and rescuing German identity.

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14 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Bob Holroyd Re:Turns

“Writing music is often like assembling a collage, and I think this is why a lot of my tracks have a sort of cinematic quality to them,” says Holroyd.

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20 Questions: Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper advises travelers, “Never mind the nuclear reactors in the distance, it’s heaven in the Midwest” – and other tips for PopMatters 20 Questions readers.

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job—If You Have One

Koko Taylor imitator Ladykat drives the city bus that I occasionally ride – at least that, I hope, gives her health insurance.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2017: 'Fraud'

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"Fraud is not merely an economic crime, it's also the mode of being in the modern age.

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