Top of the Lake is best when it’s messy and volatile and doesn’t seem so self-conscious about how it will be perceived.
With Big Star, Chris Bell helped invent power pop as we know it. I AM THE COSMOS is his brilliant posthumous solo masterpiece, and the definitive edition is out now via Omnivore Recordings.
Cristina de Stefano’s discusses her perceptive insight into the fascinating Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, a book delivered in a riveting and engaging narrative style that’s evocative of Fallaci herself.
With "Look What You Made Me Do" and other songs soon to be plastered over the airwaves, the Flipside boys look back on Taylor Swift's 1989 and whether it lives up to its reputation.
The iconic cover plus hybrid punky-reggae establishes The Slits' CUT as a significant variation on the British late '70s DIY ethos.
Fear the Walking Dead's Pottery Barn Principle: Season 3's you break it you buy it survival politics is fascinating. #PMPick
The Horrors get their mojo back with songs to match the swagger on new album V, out Friday. #PMPick
Naban Ruthnum’s provocative intellectual journey traces the complex roots of #curry and its diasporic colonization of the West.
CURRY: READING, EATING, AND RACE is out now via Coach House Books. #PMPick #foodies
England's favorite pop dreamers The Clientele awake from a seven-year slumber, giving us more of what made us like them so much in the first place.
Music for the Age of Miracles is out Friday via Merge Records.
Is hyper-kinetic spy comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle a spoof of James Bond? Or a smug takedown of espionage thrillers?
Celebrating the release of Richard Linklater's landmark sci-fi film A Scanner Darkly, composer Graham Reynolds Music guides us through the soundtrack's casually thrilling creation.
Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man signaled that comic book films had become a pillar of blockbuster cinema.
How do you dive into philosophy with a show that so deeply relies on style? For many of the essays contained within Mr. Robot and Philosophy, the answer is to ape that style.
The Object Lessons series from Bloomsbury Academic continues with this brief but rich exploration into why we see, when we see, how clearly we see, and what we understand about the things we see.
William Germano’s 'Eye Chart' is out now.
Arturo Ripstein's TIME TO DIE suggests that love and values are the existential gambits of the melancholic attempt to reconcile oneself with the irreconcilable indifference of the world.
Screening now at Film Forum in New York.
Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.
In the age of climate science denial, Gary Numan Official offers up a bleak dystopian landscape as a cautionary tale. #PMPick
INTERVIEW: Paul Weller isn't showing any signs of slowing down, his insatiable thirst of the new leading to 'A Kind Revolution'. Weller talks with PopMatters about his new music and career.
Gotham relies on its fast pace and embrace of the insane to work as the diverse and bizarre show it wants to be, but occasionally the show is too surreal for its own good.
#INTERVIEW: Theatre practitioner and activist Catherine Hernandez reveals the complexity of representation and responsibility in writing fiction.
Her new book SCARBOROUGH is out now via Arsenal Pulp Press.
Foo Fighters join forces with pop producer Greg Kurstin and the result is the finest album of their career. #PMPick
Woofers on blast up the jam block rock: A fragmentary history of ghettoblasting.
This only novel from Patrick Leigh Fermor, a master of travel writing, is a culturally astute depiction of a Caribbean island's lavish, last Mardi Gras.
Maria Alyokhina, one of the imprisoned members of PussyRiot, relates her saga of protest, imprisonment, and advocation for human rights in RIOT DAYS.
An examination of how AMCs Breaking Bad played with the conventions of time, character, and attitude.
In her exclusive interview with PopMatters, Linda Ronstadt revisits SIMPLE DREAMS just in time for RHINO's 40th-anniversary edition of her classic number one album.
Ursula K Leguin generates provocative and intelligent considerations of complex forces in her Hainish fictions out now via The Library of America.
Drummer and composer Kate Gentile's debut recording is making a New Jazz splash. PopMatters interviews her to get behind this new direction in improvised music.
While Darren Aronofsky’s artistry is at an all-time-low, it's his misogyny in MOTHER! which makes this film abhorrent.
#PREMIERE: Trevor Hall's "What I Know" takes us to unexpected emotional heights.
#INTERVIEW: Power pop icon Matthew Sweet talks with PopMatters about his new album TOMORROW FOREVER, as well as Kickstarter and his long career.
Trio Da Kali and the Kronos Quartet are musical soulmates on the stunning collaborative album Ladilikan. Out Friday via World Circuit Records. #PMPick
This Garbage biography is as much a hodgepodge of styles as the band Garbage itself, among the best cut-and-paste experiments of '90s alt-rock.
ABC/Disney’s IMAX debut of its newest series Marvel's Inhumans does nothing but emphasize the series' considerable flaws.
#PREMIERE: Former members of Giant Squid, now known as SQUALUS, issue Jaws-inspired debut album THE GREAT FISH. You're gonna need a bigger music player.
'Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green' is a compelling and exhaustively detailed account of a man at peace with his life.
INTERVIEW: For nearly half a century Sparks have been confounding listeners' expectations with their ever-changing, stylistically broad brand of artfully rendered pop.
Blinded by love for Godard, LE REDOUTABLE is an uncritically sexist bore. #TIFF17
GG's I'M NOT HERE is one of the richest and most gently disturbing graphic novels I've read in years.
On the eve of the fest, here's our top 20 picks for Americanafest.
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