Lost outlaw country music classic from Billy Stoner gets a second chance at the long-overdue critical praise it so richly deserves. BILLY STONER is out now via Team Love Records.
Perhaps the greatest virtue of director Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes is that it captures the madness of war without ever glamorizing the abhorrent carnage,
Pink Floyd’s creative genius Roger Waters calls out Donald Trump and the Bay Area loves every minute.
From crawling to walking to running to the White House: dissecting 20 years of #zombie revolution in the Resident Evil game franchise.
Vince Staples' THE BIG FISH THEORY is a powerful and troubling record. It’s decidedly imperfect, mirroring the discomfort at the center of its maker’s mind.
After touring his essential fourth album NO SHAPE for a Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) talks to PopMatters about why this project is his most immediate and everything that implies. Matador Records
Steve Earle reaffirms his country outlaw status with the appropriately titled, outlaw country primer So You Want to Be an Outlaw. #PMPIck
Critic Ann Hornaday’s clear-eyed, unpretentious guide to watching cinema is a long overdue call for thoughtful appreciation in our time of media overload. TALKING PICTURES: HOW TO WATCH MOVIES is out now via Basic Books.
Cool seems to be a phenomenon located mainly between the end of Hitler’s war and the beginning of Kurt Cobain’s band.
A retrospective of Manmohan Desai’s Bollywood classic Amar Akbar Anthony, and the films it has influenced, 40 years on.
The concept of living weapons in the Marvel Universe will make anyone who has ever had to clean up blood stains roll their eyes.
Impressive camerawork draws viewers close to characters whose lives have been turned upside down by World War I In François Ozon's FRANTZ.
The puncture wounds of a lethal short story are better the blunt force trauma of a novel. 'The Best American Short Stories 2016' is out now via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Anuk Arudpragasam’s debut novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, is a brief, brutal, and exquisite book set over the course of one day in a man's life in the refugee camps of war-torn northern Sri Lanka. Out now via Flatiron Books
Jökull Júlíusson, lead singer of Kaleo, speaks with PopMatters on his early influences and how he will never fall into the trap of a single genre.
Former Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto makes a welcome return with her first solo album of pure pop bliss. Ditto's FAKE SUGAR is out now via Capitol Records.
The 400 Unit join Jason Isbell on a personal and strong set of songs tuned to modern American life. #PMPick
Francis Ford Coppola's RUMBLE FISH suggests that in our complex relationship to time, we become the cartographies of our own misperceptions. Out now via The Criterion Collection.
In conversation with PopMatters, director Mark Cousins discusses the communal experience of filmmaking, the threads running through a filmmaker’s career, and an alternative focus for the auteur theory.
In an exclusive interview with PopMatters, Grammy-winning producer Thom Bell recalls bringing Dionne Warwick to number one and crafting her critically acclaimed "Track of the Cat".
In a comprehensive new biography, the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald is examined in historical, literary, and sociological perspectives.
Cara Hoffman's RUNNING is a disconcerting, moving, treasure of a novel. #PMPick
Mariko Tamaki’s words exist in an in-between state, neither entirely physical nor entirely a free-floating consciousness.
#OKNOTOK can be understood as Radiohead’s laying claim to a proper reissue on its own terms, not those of its former labels. For that, a little nostalgia can be forgiven, if not justified.
#Interview with The Drums: He seemed to lose a band member with each passing album, and then a big breakup made him rethink things. Jonny Pierce turned all of that into an album some are calling The Drums' best.
Dave Randall's Sound System: The Political Power of Music is ceaselessly fascinating and incredibly well researched, with a narrative voice that’s simultaneously highly educated and humbly inviting. The book is out now from University of Chicago Press.
The ad hominem argument, traditionally considered a logical fallacy, has gained a cultural acceptance and a widespread tacit approval that boggles the mind.
When life pressures you, you've gotta breathe. When life challenges you, you've gotta move. When life gives you some space, step into it and find where you stand. Breathe, move, be mindful -- these are #yoga practices that high-achieving artists, performers, activists and others apply to their daily lives. Learn how you can free yourself -- and fulfill yourself -- a little more each day.
YOUNG RADICALS reminds us that idealism and progressive radicalism are not terms of insult; they are core American values that America needs desperately to rediscover. This book is out now via Penguin Random House.
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#EDM would benefit from a potent intravenous Appletini injection of gayness.
Full of surprises, this lively anthology from World Music Network explores a sometimes under-appreciated genre of early-recorded #blues, highlighting its creative diversity.
SUMMER OF LOVE simultaneously demonstrates why that moment in the cultural timeline is worth commemorating, what its legacy is, and what was lost as summer turned to fall. Out now from the University of California Press.
The Book of Henry goes from tearjerker to just plain jerky. Find out why in J.r. Kinnard's review.
Does it take a superhero to understand one's own mind? Find out in Fiona Maazel's A LITTLE MORE HUMAN out now via Graywolf Press.
Netflix mystery Shimmer Lake opens up a conversation about the new world of film. Learn more in this #Interview with Adam Saunders, CEO of Footprint Features.
In 1977, #reggae burst out of its Caribbean confines and found its way to a record store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. That's the first time I met The Don, Leroy Smart.
Allen Ginsberg's uncollected interviews show that he still matters but for different reasons, now. Learn more in FIRST THOUGHT: CONVERSATIONS WITH ALLEN GINSBERG out now.
Ella Fitzgerald was a seeker, and it's been all too easy to just imitate her: the scatting, the silky melodies. On her 100th, there's a better way to do it. Learn more in Will Layman's latest #Jazz Today column.
Reading BEYOND TRANS is like having the shades thrown open after a long sleep: sunlight burns, but it also awakens. Out now via NYU Press.
In PUSSY out now from Howard Jacobson shows that Donald Trump may not be beyond satire, after all...
How Blade found success out of the rubble of comic book films and Marvel's bankruptcy.
Who's going to bear #WITNESS? The listeners, of course, because Katy Perry's new album, unfortunately, proves to be one hell of a burden.
SISTERHOOD OF THE SQUARED CIRCLE is a smart warts and all look at 150 years of women's wrestling. Out now from ECW Press.
Erik Ljung's The Blood is at the Doorstep is an auspicious cinematic debut which reminds that for every criminal justice statistic, there's a stirring story which deserves to be deeply considered.
There’s plenty of money floating around in the world, but it’s all in the wrong places. Learn more in Ann Pettifor's THE PRODUCTION OF MONEY out now from Verso Books.
We may be one nation in America, but today we appear to be living on different planets.
The Sex Pistols once opened for Doctors Of Madness and they are cited as the missing link between glam and punk. At long last, their music is available again, and frontman/erstwhile Death Eater Richard Strange reflects on it all in our 20 Questions.
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