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Defragmenting Bodies: Yoko Ono's 'Fly' at 50

In her 1970 avant-garde short Fly, Yoko Ono works within the same parameters as directors like Alfred Hitchcock or Takashi Miike. Yet, she posits the intermixture of her celluloid images as reconstructive effort, not a destructive one.

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On the Frontline with Yoko Ono's 'Warzone'

Yoko Ono has re-recorded sociopolitical songs from her past for new album Warzone, in which the questions it asks need to be asked.

Music

Yoko Ono Celebrates "Children Power" on Latest Cut From New LP, 'Warzone' (premiere)

Warzone is quite unlike anything Yolo Ono has released to date, but "Children Power" carries a message of optimism that's been central to her work all along.

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Relisten Without Prejudice to Yoko Ono's 'Plastic Ono Band'

Americans in the '70s would not accommodate a female Japanese performer of experimental music that is designed to provoke. Have we grown since then?

Music

Black Lips: Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?

New band members help resurrect a classic Black Lips sound. Rock 'n' roll is safe and sound for now.

Technology

Sound Machine: The Evolutionary Vocabulary of the Human Voice

Amplification and voice technologies are bringing a broader palate of sounds to the singer. It’s not all beautiful, but it's very human.

Karen Cummings
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Various Artists: George Fest

Dhani Harrison’s historical document on music's methods of passage through time shows the anxiety of his father’s influence

Music

ONO/Tenaglia - "Walking on Thin Ice (Maestro Version)"

The track is a portrait of a body crumpled and floored, knocked off its feet by the intensity of its longing for someone.

Interviews

Toshi Ichiyanagi Is One of Today's Most Imaginative Composers of Traditional Works

This reserved and youthful-looking dean of Japanese music has become one of today’s most imaginative and compelling composers of traditional works.

Mark Swed
Music

Yoko Ono: Antony & Yoko / Yoko Ono & John Zorn

With a pair of singles, Yoko Ono furthers her case for artistic relevance as a proponent of fringe music that, like much of her back catalogue, was never intended for mass consumption.

Music

The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.

Music

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band: Take Me to the Land of Hell

Yoko Ono and the reformed Plastic Ono Band have the ability to take you on a trip you've probably never taken before. Handbasket not included.

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"I Just Let Things Happen": A Conversation with Yoko Ono

Though she turned 80 this year, Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. As her conversation with PopMatters reveals, her career continues to explore new territory -- and defy all expectations.

Music

Yoko Ono / Kim Gordon / Thurston Moore: YokoKimThurston

YokoKimThurston is sometimes interesting, but mostly makes you think, "why was I so excited to hear this?"

Music

John Lennon’s Biggest Solo Hits in the US

In celebration of what would have been his 72nd birthday, we take a look at the Lennon singles that American audiences sent up the charts.

Music

Various Artists: Occupy This Album

Containing 99 songs in its digital version and 78 in the physical CD release, this has something for everyone who wants to listen to the message of the Occupy movement.

Music

The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

Bon Iver sings about robot dogs. Nick Cave does a wicked Tom Waits impression. Erykah Badu covers Roberta Flack... in space. Even with its flaws, it's hard to think of a more memorable disc released this year than Heady Fwends.

Music

The Year in Music: October 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in October 2010.

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

"Another Name of Life to Me is Surprise": A Brief Chat with Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono may be the most popular septuangenarian you'll ever hear at a club. In a brief chat with PopMatters, she talks about dance remixes, her lack of regrets, and how another name of life for her is Surprise . . .

Music

Celebrating 70 Years of John Lennon

This October 9th marks quite a milestone.

Music

Noise Pop Festival 2010: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band: 23.Feb.2010 - Oakland

Almost two weeks ago Yoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band lead off the 2010 Noise Pop festival with a performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Mary Danzer
Music

It's Me, I'm Alive: A Conversation with Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono discusses her most recent artistic output along with the big ideas of life, death, and the Beatles.

Thomas Britt
Music

Gimme Somethin' True: An Interview with Basement Jaxx

After a decade of making revolutionary house music, the Jaxx's Felix talks to PopMatters about working with Yoko Ono, taking that first step towards marriage, and the creation of their latest album, Scars

Music

Basement Jaxx: Scars

At its best, Scars sounds like prime-era Jaxx, the sheer amount of well-executed ideas and delightfully weird touches making them unlike any other dance artist this decade.

Film

Keith Haring: Warhol, Jr.

The Universe of Keith Haring digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity.

Reviews

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2005)

`U.S. vs. John Lennon' shows Nixon's efforts to quash a Beatle

Louis R. Carlozo
Music

Yoko Ono: Open Your Box

As successful as Yoko Ono's latest collaborative effort was, the companion remix set frustrates more than it entrances.

Music

Yoko Ono: Yes, Im a Witch

If Yoko Ono is truly a witch as she professes, then her new collaboration with some of today’s hippest artists is a haunting mixed-genre brew.

Mark Szakonyi
Film

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2005)

The case against John Lennon was jumpstarted by a very scary image, namely, the musician and a black man on daytime TV.

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