Call for Feature Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Reviews

Tuesday, April 22 2014

Will Yet Another Scholarly Trip to Walden Yield Any New Truths?

This vigorous interdisciplinary approach brings a revealing new perspective to a well-worn classic of American literature.


Cloud Cult: Unplug

Occasional corniness aside, Cloud Cult have crafted an excellent live album.


Young Money: Rise of an Empire

Lil' Wayne hits the reset button on his Cash Money imprint, but with only minor roster changes is it worth the effort?


Connections: Year One

Year One, which collects three releases from the past year or so, serves as both a celebration of what has been and a preamble to what seems like an awfully bright future.


Monday, April 21 2014

The Psycho in a Batsuit is My Friend: “Batman #30”

I find myself growing tired of Zero Year, a yearlong story that has come after two other lengthy storyarcs. I’m especially tired after lines like this: “Gentlemen, meet my friend…the ‘$%$^! psycho in a batsuit.’


‘McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’ Takes on the Bathroom Reading Format

The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print.


Which Is More Interesting in ‘A Brief History of Time’, His Ideas or Stephen Hawking Himself?

Errol Morris delivers an impressionistic take on a remarkable life that is perhaps more wondrous than it has any right to be.


‘Fez’: Revisiting Exceptional Design

Curiously, getting lost in Fez's pixelated world becomes the game's greatest pleasure.


Mean Streets Meet Clean Streets: ‘Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries’

Despite tough breaks, happy endings prevail thanks to the intelligence and professionalism of law enforcement.


Keb’ Mo’: BLUESAmericana

On BLUESAmericana, Keb' Mo' clears a few emotional cobwebs then plays in the mud. It's not his best, but it's got one of his best songs.


Smoke DZA: Dream.Zone.Achieve

Smoke DZA's third album, Dream.Zone.Achieve, is strong on beats but weak on personality.


‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ is One Big Nostalgic Ballad

Nickolas Butler’s golden-toned Bon Iver-inspired novel about four friends in a small Wisconsin town has gorgeous intent, but too little purpose.


Architecture in Helsinki: Now + 4Eva

Lacking their usual frenetic pace and diverse instrumentation, Architecture in Helsinki put out something surprisingly boring


Luke Vibert: Ridmik

The renown British DJ hypes up some acid-inspired beats, but fails to capture attention.


Kalle Mattson: Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold

The goods on Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold are such that it’s easy to consider that this artist is someone who is easily a person to keep tabs on and watch with careful scrutiny.


Friday, April 18 2014

Miley Cyrus + Sky Ferreira: 5 April 2014 - Brooklyn, NY

Miley Cyrus's performance is not a sexed-up act, but a manifestation of her bad-ass, "female rebel" persona.


‘Make Your Move’ Ain’t Got the Groove

Make Your Move seems determined to take the most circuitous route through its myriad generic clichés.


Johnny Depp Is Ubiquitous Not Only in Real Life, but in ‘Transcendence’, Too

The decision to preserve the consciousness of Johnny Depp's AI researcher is a Frankenstein- and Skynet-like Very Bad Idea.


‘Cloudbuilt’: The Devil Is in the Design

Where Cloudbuilt really shines is at the intersection of art and level design. Art and science operate in a delicate dance, blurring the lines between the two.


Jan Svankmajer’s ‘Alice’ Is the Perfect Marriage of Content and Style

Even when darker in subject matter, Jan Svankmajer's films all retain an element of joyousness and childlike wonder.


Now on PopMatters
Announcements
PM Picks

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.