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Mad Cool Festival Day 2: The Arctic Monkeys and a Massive Shame

The second day of the Mad Cool Festival saw a tremendous performance from the newly matured Arctic Monkeys, along with a cancellation of Massive Attack on spot due to "noise issues".

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How to Insult Jack White

The only biography of the mysterious genius pulls no punches.

Interviews

Rock 'n' Roll Needs Secrets: Talking Music's Essence as Art with Dean Fertita

Dean Fertita, the incendiary strike force alongside rock titans Joshua Homme and Jack White (among others) and solo artist, discusses creativity, music, and art.

Music

The Curious Art of Wrapping Music

With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts.

Music

PopTalk: The 2015 Grammys, "True Artistry", and Meme Culture

The latest PopTalk podcast takes a look at whether or not, as Kanye West suggests, the Grammys and awards culture in general can or should care about "true artistry".

Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell
Music

The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

Music

Newport Folk Festival 2014: Day 1 & 2 Photos

While it is now under the umbrella of a non-profit foundation, the Newport Folk Festival still remains one of the top Summer festivals for an artist to play.

Music

Various Artists: Song Reader

Interesting concept, failed execution.

Music

CONTEST: Jack White's New CD 'Lazaretto'

Enter to win a copy of Jack White's stellar new album Lazaretto. Liking PopMatters gets you extra chances to win.

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Governors Ball Music Festival 2014: Recap + Photos from Randall's Island

Perfect weather and fantastic music lent Governors Ball 2014 the sensation of escaping from New York, even though the island itself sits snug atop the East River.

Music

Jack White: Lazaretto

Let’s push past the fake tabloid feuds and authenticity battles and call Lazaretto what it really is: an exceptional rock album.

Books

Loud Guitars, Psychotic Singers, Demonic Drums: 'Detroit Rock City'

Investigative reporter and Detroit native Steve Miller takes us from the glory days of Grande Ballroom to the time when Kid Rock rapped -- and beyond. Wayne Kramer, Jack White, Violent J, and others appear.

Music

Jack White is the 2013 Ambassador for Record Store Day

Jack White is a natural choice for the 2013 Record Store Day figurehead with his creation in Nashville of his own Third Man Records label and shop.

Music

The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

Music

Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

Film

What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

Music

The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

Music

In Defense of End-Of-Year Lists

With 2012 all but over, the usual treasure trove of year-end countdowns have begun. Oh, happy day!

Music

Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 "Album of the Year" Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...

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Counterbalance No. 101: The White Stripes' 'Elephant'

Counterbalance leaves the Top 100 with an album that everyone knows about, from the Queen of England to the hounds of hell. The black math of the Great List gives us Jack and Meg's 2003 bellwether at #101.

Television

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Seven

Some people said that a rocker would never win American Idol, and David Cook proved them wrong.

Reviews

Hangout Festival: 18-20 May 2012 - Gulf Shores, Alabama

PopMatters' explores the relationship between the Hangout Festival and the impact the Gulf oil spill had on the locals. Hangout also provided the best overall festival experience of the three years.

Kate Russell
Events

Jack White + Alabama Shakes: 21 May 2012 - New York

Jack White brought Los Buzzardos and a treasure trove of songs to Roseland for the first of two sold out nights.

Music

Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

Music

Jack White: Blunderbuss

On the plus side, Blunderbuss is everything you'd expect a Jack White solo record to sound like. The only downside is that it's everything you'd expect a Jack White solo record to sound like.

Music

The Black Belles: The Black Belles

The spell has been broken! The Black Belles debut album bewitches, bedevils and ultimately befuddles with a disappointing first outing.

Music

Various Artists: The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

The only thing more exciting than the release of 12 previously unrecorded Hank Williams lyrics is the group of artists recruited to put them together.

Music

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi: Rome

The Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi collaboration is a soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist.

Music

The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

Music

Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

It's no shock that teaming Jack White with one of the great rockers of all time would yield great results, but the surprise is in how natural they sound together.

Reviews

'Stones In Exile': An Autobiographical Rock 'n' Roll Bible

By exiling themselves to small-town America's "Main Street", the Rolling Stones began serving up a rich, steamy gumbo of sounds they certainly didn't invent, but undeniably put their stamp upon.

Events

On TV This Week: Paul McCartney and the PBS Special with a Long Title

As a fan of both Paul McCartney and the Beatles, I heard quite a bit about this special, and had low expectations. The event seemed focus too much on itself and its guests instead of the real reason they were there.

Reviews

The Dead Weather: 22 May 2010 - Chicago

The 500 fans permitted entrance to the surprisingly sexy venue formed an energetic but comfortably spaced crowd for White and vampish frontwoman Alison Mosshart to ignite their smoldering brand of muscular, electro-driven sludge.

Lizz Kannenberg

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