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Damien Jurado Learns From Emptiness on 'What's New, Tomboy?'

What's New, Tomboy? is special for how profoundly Damien Jurado acknowledges what might be learned from the emptiness in this life, as well as from being still and waiting to be filled.


Mark Lanegan Lives, Contending with Death Through Music on 'Straight Songs of Sorrow'

On Straight Songs of Sorrow, Mark Lanegan tells stories from his life and wrestles with death, his chief subject.


Music, Drama, and Philosophy with Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix

Liturgy founder Hunter Hunt-Hendrix discusses religion, philosophy, history, and music from Johannes Brahms to Waka Flocka Flame.


Tarantino Descends to the 9th Circle in 'Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood'

Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood is the clearest signal yet of Quentin Tarantino's transition from creative referentialist to repeat offender, standing somewhere between revisionism and recidivism.


Warming Up to Melody: An Interview with Film/TV Score Composer Cliff Martinez

Film/TV score composer Cliff Martinez talks with PopMatters about his work with Steven Soderbergh, Harmony Korine, and Nicolas Winding Refn, whose new series Too Old to Die Young features one of Martinez's most ambitious scores to date.


Lambchop Surveys the Senses on 'This (is what I wanted to tell you)'

Lambchop's new album is the musical equivalent of that final "walk" monologue from Synecdoche, New York. It's a heavy listen, but potentially a rapturous one as well, for anyone who has ever experienced a reverie of aging and all it entails.


Cabana Wear Is Power Pop for Life's Middle Act

At a time when some of the progenitors of this style of rock music are hitting walls creatively, a regional super-group comes along to show how relevant this sound can be.


Weezer's 'Black Album' Has Already Expired

Weezer's Black Album shrinks to the low ambition of phoned-in karaoke over plastic keyboard preloads.


The Smashing Pumpkins: Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

Thirty years on, the Smashing Pumpkins are (mostly) reunited and recording new music that displays the band's visionary spirit.


Smoking Popes on Faith, Politics, and Judy Garland

Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes talks with PopMatters about musical and spiritual experiences, and reflections about the legendary Judy Garland, who inspired their new album Into the Agony.


The Sound of the Shimmer: Interview with Annihilation's Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow

Emmy-nominated composer Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, music producer and founding member of Portishead, speak with PopMatters about their original score for Alex Garland's science-fiction film, Annihilation.


"Questions That Lead to More Questions": An Interview with Damien Jurado

Singer/songwriter Damien Jurado talks with PopMatters about new album The Horizon Just Laughed, his complex perception of time, and avoiding cynicism.


Mount Eerie's 'Now Only' Feels Like More of 'A Crow Looked at Me'

Mount Eerie follows the remarkable A Crow Looked at Me with a similarly styled album that will be of interest to Mount Eerie devotees but feels more downbeat and less necessary than its predecessor.


The Breeders' 'All Nerve' Cements the Band's Legacy and Importance

The Breeders return with the Last Splash lineup and a new set of songs that confirms, again, the band's importance in rock history.


Members of the Folk Supergroup the Lower Lights Release Solo Albums Evoking the Lonesome West

Dustin Christensen's Sad Songs is an excellent example of an EP set that has the structure and thematic coherence of an LP. Debra Fotheringham's latest complements with the most searching and self-assured music of her solo career.


"The Evolution of Sin" in 'Westworld'

The uncanny similarity of scenes in this show to the Hollywood harassment/abuse stories -- up to and including the proposition that suffering can advance one's career -- reveals Westworld to be too content to reenact the mechanisms of systemic abuse.


Bell Witch: Mirror Reaper

Bell Witch moves the listener with a deathly journey that is often poetic and at times philosophically rich.


Maximalism, Not Nihilism: Electronic Composer Dan Deacon on the Necessity of Creating

Dan Deacon talks with PopMatters about the 10th anniversary of Spiderman of the Rings, Ultimate Reality, and his original soundtrack for Rat Film.


Domino Soundtracks


Grizzly Bear: Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the band's best album to date.


Spirit Music: A Conversation With Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore talks with PopMatters about age, experience, musical partnerships, and new album Rock n Roll Consciousness.


Observe and Report: The Ethics of 'Cameraperson'

Cameraperson is observational in ways both purer and more complex than much of what appears in documentaries edited to appear as objective works.

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