Weapons of Poetry and Images: On the Works of Pier Paolo Pasolini

A thread runs through Pier Paolo Pasolini's artistic and political work for which he used various terms to identify the sacred, the mythic, the soul, and the spirit -- all strategies for appreciating life in even the most difficult circumstances.

Locked In: An Interview with Electronic Producer Lee Gamble

Interview with #Electronic Producer Lee Gamble: "I like the alchemy of the whole thing. You have nothing and you build something and keep working and it feels like yours."

MNESTIC PRESSURE is out Friday via Hyperdub Records.

Inform, Provoke, Challenge, Entertain: 'Best American Essays 2017'

This year's collection of Best American Essays seamlessly blends the political, personal and universal. Most of them do it very well.

Puerto Rican Illustrator Rosa Colón on Her Ode to Leaving Home, 'Goodbye for Now'

Reminiscent of the short, simple stories of Adrian Tomine,
Rosa Colón and Carla Rodriguez's GOODBYE FOR NOW shows the personal side of Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis. Soda Pop Comics

Slumgod Millionaire: On 'Nayakan', The Godfather of Indian Gangster Films

On revisiting Nayakan we are reminded that men become gods not as a sign of presumed cultural backwardness but because the modern nation-state has failed.

Will Billy Corgan, the Uncoolest of Rock Musicians, Achieve Cool Status with 'Ogilala'?

William Patrick Corgan's willingness to be himself regardless of the critical and social blowback he suffered for doing “unhip” things made him a singular weirdo within a ‘90s rock scene stuffed full of weirdos, loners, and ennui-saturated youth. To this day, and with this album, he continues to be himself. Are you cool with that?

Ravi Coltrane and SFJazz Honor John Coltrane with A Love Supreme

Considering that John Coltrane only played 'A Love Supreme' in its entirety a single time (at a 1965 show in France), it’s a work of art that remains ripe for further interpretation. Ravi Coltrane honored the classic album at SFJAZZ.

'The Departure' Casts a Loving Gaze Upon an Unconventional Buddhist Priest

'The Departure' is a searching study of a universally relatable character who has seen a great deal of sorrow in this world.

Truth in Beauty and Beauty in Truth: Graphic Memoir 'Diario de Oaxaca'

Cartoonist Peter Kuper‘s work reminds us of the vibrant and inspired everyday people who live under the tyranny of petty and corrupt officials in both Mexico and the United States.

Diario de Oaxaca Is out now via PM Press.

Game Theory and Marx: 'Narcos' as a Capitalist Parable

Narcos depicts the War on Drugs as a bleak quagmire, less about decisive triumphs and more about a slow, eternal slog.

The Incessant Violation in Aronofsky's 'Mother!' Makes Me Mad in a Good Way

Viewing Mother! from a racial context circumscribes the power of its possible feminist message.

The Church: Man Woman Life Death Infinity

With an album title that tries to cover everyone everywhere for all time, The Church Band's latest just might please them all. #PMPick

Robert Plant: Carry Fire

The latest album from Robert Plant is another top-notch, adventurous collection of music that’s nearly impossible to classify. Carry Fire is out today via Nonesuch Records. #PMPick

Filtered Through the Prism of David Bowies Quixotic Mind: 'A New Career in a New Town'

The third installment of the series of deluxe David Bowie box sets covers some of his most celebrated albums but not without controversy. In-depth review from Christian Gerard.

A Clash of Hip-Hop Legend, Pop-Culture Philosophizing, and one Incredible Story

What is the true value of music? Cyrus Bozorgmehr considers this question in his wild retelling of the story of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin; the Wu-Tang Clan's single-copy album project.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN is out now from Flatiron Books.

'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women' Will Have Captain America Squirming in His Skivvies

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is a clever and provocative look at love, sexuality, and the lies that preserve our fragile happiness.

T.C. Boyle's 'The Relive Box and Other Stories' Will Leave You Reeling

Humorous, compassionate, unpredictable, weathered (literally and figuratively), brutal, and magically realistic -- T. C. Boyle's 'The Relive Box and Other Stories' is a collection of stories that matters. out now via Ecco Books.

Pearl Reaves and Her Retro R&B: The Magical Obscurity of the Working Artist

Vinyl Archeology presents Pearl Reaves and her retro R&B: the magical obscurity of the working artist.

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice

On #LottaSeaLice courtney barnett and Kurt Vile wow us by doubling down on the clever lyricism and exploratory guitars that make them each revered figures on their own.

'Star Trek: Discovery' and 'The Orville': To Boldly Go Where We've Already Gone

Whereas Star Trek: Discovery continues to explore ideological complexities, so far The Orville seems little more than a celebration of Seth MacFarlane’s love of the Star Trek property and his ability to indulge in expensive cosplay.

And So I Watch You From Afar - Terrors of Pleasure (audio) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: With "Terrors of Pleasure", Belfast's instrumental adventurists And So I Watch You From Afar put on a dazzling clinic of rhythmic dexterity. 'The Endless Shimmering' is out 10/20 via Sargent House.

Kiasmos: Blurred EP

Kiasmos creates a spellbinding, affecting electronic EP with songs that are given space to bloom on BLURRED, out now via Erased Tapes is ten. #PMPick

Jiro Taniguchis Furari Will Enchant You

The maximalist minimalism of Jiro Taniguchi's manga work is on full display in the gentle, rewarding FURARI.

Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life

Equal parts textbook, memoir, and reflection on the writing process, this book is a cogent, realistic, and inspirational advice for professional and novice writers of all sorts.

Backtrack to Center: An Interview with Wild Cub's Keegan DeWitt

Interview with Wild Cub: "We made the first [album] as a bunch of kids in a house, so we're just really happy that we've gone through this process to make this big, emotionally and artistically dense record."

Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down

#HeavenUpsideDown sees Marilyn Manson attempt to reclaim his crown as America’s favorite boogie man.

Why, After All These Years, Are We Still Speaking in Sein Language?

Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.

Sudan Archives: Sudan Archives

Whatever you think you know about violin music, forget it. On her debut EP, Sudan Archives redefines what four strings can do. Out now via Stones Throw Records.

Recalling a Time When We Looked Forward to Commercials: 'Watch Around The Clock: In Color'

This new DVD set of vintage cartoons, TV shows, movies, and commercials replicates the '70s TV-watching experience.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams: Contraband Love

The truest #Americana doesn’t just convey sound; it captures feeling. On #ContrabandLove, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams prove themselves masters of the form in the fullest sense. Out now via Red House Records.

Stars: There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light

Listening to Stars' new album is like being wrapped in a warm, comforting blanket. A catchy #synthpop blanket where our biggest concerns are who we're dating, not what's going on in the world at large. Out Friday via Last Gang Records.

Ten Conversation-Shifting Contemporary Books About Music

10 Conversation-Shifting Contemporary Books About Music

What to Push and When to Push It: Palestinian Director Maysaloun Hamoud on 'In Between'

INTERVIEW: IN BETWEEN emits an idealistic spirit to create unity, and Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud equally looks towards feminism as a unifying framework for the contemporary world.

Toward a Hot Jew Is No Joe Sacco — And Thats a Good Thing

Politics and the personal collide in the convention-challenging and genre-bending graphic narratives of Jewish artist-memoirist Miriam Libicki.

Sex in 1968: A Joe Sarno Double-Shot

Film Movement continues its commitment to issuing restored Blu-rays of the films of Joseph Sarno, who has often been called the Ingmar Bergman of exploitation films.

'The Weight of Ink' Is a Shining Example of Historical Fictions Best Qualities

Through its three protagonists, Rachel Kadish's THE WEIGHT OF INK questions what it means to be alive, to love, and to be fulfilled. Out now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Sprung from a $36 Ukulele: 'Joni: The Anthology'

If Joan Baez was the purest folkie, Judy Collins the chanteuse, then Joni Mitchell was probably the siren.

Learn more in JONI: THE ANTHOLOGY out this month cia Picador books.

'Mr. Robot': Season 2 Widened the Narrative/Character Canvas Beyond Eliot's Fractured Viewpoint

Disconnecting technology, connecting humans: as the world came apart, Mr. Robot's characters came together in promising new configurations.

An Ozarker Considers Netflix's 'Ozark'

Ozark resists the worst of the easy Ozark portrayals that have cast the region as a hillbilly horror haven through the years but ultimately traffics in them as well.

Parody, Pastiche, and Poignant Observation: On Polish Journalist Ryszard Kapuscinsi's Insight

Ryszard Kapuscinski's journalism reminds us that the boundary between truth and fiction is one that needs to be pushed at more often.

Kelela: Take Me Apart

Kelela's excellent debut manages to evoke megastar crooners from decades past, cyborgs from the future, and, unmistakably, the defining sounds of pop music's present. #TakeMeApart is out now via Warp Records. #PMPick

Distill the Swarm: The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017

The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017. Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new #metal bands. 2017’s swarm has been distilled…

Hallatar, Au Champ Des Morts, Owlcrusher, Dawn Ray'd, Extremity, Cavernlight, DOOL, River Black, Less Art, Necrot, Ulsect, Season of Mist, Rebirth of Nefast, Spectral Voice, Succumb, EXPANDER, Nuclear Blast, Tchornobog, The Lurking Fear, Century Media Records

'Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows', 'Marriage of a Thousand Lies' & 'No One Can Pronounce My Name'

While the post-9/11 period and its racialization and criminalization of brown bodies marked one epoch of the South Asian experience, recent South Asian immigrant literature suggests the beginning of another frame: sexuality.

Bava, Baby, Bava! Three Films from Italy's Horror Maestro

Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show horror film director Mario Bava's colorful ways with the camera.

'The Mountain Between Us' Is All Glory, No Guts

The Mountain Between Us is an easily digestible romance that might have been more interesting if it were a bit harder to swallow.

Human Existence, in One Album: Ólafur Arnalds' 'Eulogy for Evolution' Ten Years Later

Ólafur Arnalds' stunning debut EULOGY FOR EVOLUTION, still his masterpiece, remains a gorgeous and disquieting vision of human life. The 2017 re-issue is out now via Erased Tapes is ten. #PMPick

The Flipside #8: 'The Gambler' (2014)

This week on The Flipside: An overlooked 2014 remake of a James Caan classic (The Gambler) asks a daring cinematic question: can Mark Wahlberg convincingly play a tenured English professor?

Counting the Stars: Treasured Singer-Songwriter Brenda Russell Shares Her Story

INTERVIEW: A composer of the Tony-winning musical The Color Purple, Brenda Russell revisits her rare solo album Love Life (1981), while legends like Roberta Flack, David Foster, and Valerie Simpson join PopMatters for an exclusive tribute to her career.

In Many Ways, Blade Runner 2049 Is Better Than Its Predecessor

A near-flawless audio-visual presentation and fascinating ideas make #BladeRunner2049 Denis Villeneuve’s best film. #PMPick

Are You Still Certain? An Interview with Hercules and Love Affair

Interview with Hercules & Love Affair: “It means something that we're up on the stage playing the songs we're playing because it helps [queer people] find the strength to be who they are.”

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