Are You Paying Attention? 'The Distracted Mind'

Multi-tasking on your smart phone consumes too many resources, including memory, and can cause the system to "choke". Imagine what it does to your brain.

Learn more in THE DISTRACTED MIND, out now via The MIT Press.

The 60 Best Albums of 2017

The 60 Best Albums of 2017 #bestof2017 #bestmusic2017

Open Mike Eagle Chicano Batman Sampha Fever Ray The xx Mount Kimbie Jlin Four Tet Rhiannon Giddens Thundercat Run The Jewels Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Spoon Valerie June King Krule Blanck Mass IDLES Margo Price Perfume Genius Jason Isbell Father John Misty Fleet Foxes IGLOOGHOST Slowdive(band) Algiers Zola Jesus Moses Sumney Big Thief Foxygen Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

'Foxtrot' Is a 'Catch-22' for Our Time

Samuel Maoz's philosophical black comedy film Foxtrot is a triptych of surrealism laced with insights about warfare and grief that are both timeless and timely. #PMPick

Arturo O'Farrill and Chucho Valdes: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Two generations of family pay tribute to Bebo Valdés and Chico O'Farrill in a thrilling display of sparkling Latin #jazz from the classic to the utterly modern.

Jonti: Tokorats

Jonti invites the listener on a magical sonic journey on an album of tunes that'll make you think and make you groove. #Tokorats is out now via Stones Throw Records. #PMPick

Imagine Fighting Fascism

Two recently translated works -- Lydie Salvayre's CRY, MOTHER SPAIN and Joan Sales' UNCERTAIN GLORY -- bring to life the profound complexity of an early struggle against #fascism, the Spanish Civil War.

In 'Quest', Inner-City American Life Is Given the Treatment It Deserves

In the film QUEST, Jonathan Olshefski has made a stirring call for the placement of low-income, inner-city families into our collective consciousness.

'Stranger Things 2' After the Binge: How Well Does It Hold Up?

How well does 'Stranger Things 2' hold up after the long binge?

Our Lady Peace - "Nice to Meet You" (video) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: Our Lady Peace's latest music video is yet another compellingly human installment in their ongoing series starring Matthew Santoro.

The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017: In #Americana music the present is female.

Angaleena Presley Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Jason Isbell Justin Townes Earle Nikki Lane Valerie June Rhiannon Giddens Chuck Prophet Official Whitney Rose David Rawlings Natalie Hemby OG Shelby Lynne Allison Moorer New West Records Hurray for the Riff Raff Lilly Hiatt Americana Music Association

‘The Shape of Water’ Is a Risky Fairy-Tale Romance That Almost Pays Off

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War mashup of outsider love story and Creature from the Black Lagoon is gorgeously realized and impeccably acted but simplistically written. The Shape of Water is out now.

'Frankenstein Dreams': When Sci-fi Lumbered into the Victorian Era

Did the Victorians deal with their rapidly changing society better than civilization today is dealing with equally new dizzying discoveries?

Paul Thomas Anderson Tailors a Masterpiece in ‘Phantom Thread’

Not a single frame of Paul Thomas Anderson's latest drama Phantom Thread fails to mesmerize with romance, suspense, and interpersonal politics coalescing into something wholly unforgettable. #PMPick

The Best Metal of 2017

The Best Metal of 2017: There's common ground between all 20 metal albums despite musical differences: the ability to provide a cathartic release for the creator and the consumer alike, right when we need it most.

The Pressing Pitfalls of Powerful Minds: 'Astonishing X-men #6'

Another psychic battle between Charles Xavier and Shadowking finds a way to be one for the ages in #XMen comics.

The BFI Re-Opens Silent Film 'Pandora's Box'

The big-eyed Louise Brooks makes a comeback on the big screen. Silent London critic Pamela Hutchinson talks about her new book on G. W. Pabst's cult classic.

Freedom As the World Falls: An Interview with ROPE SECT

PopMatters delves into the psyche of one of underground music's most fascinating new bands -- ROPE SECT.

The Hard Workers - "Ayoba Yo" (audio) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: In this exclusive interview with ​DJ Okapi, he takes us through the development of the unique variety of South African EDM from the late 1980s, plus we share the premiere of The Hard Workers' "Ayoba Yo".

Taylor Phelan - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (video) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: Taylor Phelan, the indie rocker of The Voice acclaim, offers a synth-swept take on the #Christmas classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

Moonsville Collective - 'Moonsville IV' (album stream) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: #Americana group Moonsville Collective do good by their promise to release four EPs throughout 2017 with the acoustic thrills of Moonsville IV.

The Best Pop Albums of 2017

The Best Pop Albums of 2017: Only a precious few releases -- from voices old and new -- were truly able to capture the pop culture zeitgeist. These are those albums. #bestof2017 #bestmusic2017

DUNE RATS Kesha Miami Horror House of Feelings Jessie Ware LANY Jens Lekman White Sea Nightshifters Dan Auerbach Amelia Airhorn St. Vincent Mack Keane Lorde!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

‘The Post’ Is an Exhilarating Love Letter to Journalistic Integrity

Steven Spielberg's inspired rabblerousing THE POST may be preaching to the choir, but it's a damn good sermon. #PMPick

When One's 'True Sex' Is Discovered in America

The rich portraits Emily Skidmore creates of the #trans men in TRUE SEX helps illuminate not only their lives but those of many trans people who remain undiscovered and anonymous. #LGBT

Psychedelic Fabulousness: 'Hendrix: The Illustrated Story'

Psychedelic fabulousness! In HENDRIX: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, Gillian Gaar stitches together a smooth story from the many grey areas of Jimi Hendrix's life and work. Out now via Hal Leonard Books.

Revisiting the Sexual Power Politics in 'Mary Tyler Moore' in the Era of #MeToo

Revisiting the Sexual Power Politics in 'Mary Tyler Moore' in the Era of #MeToo

Here we are, perched upon our mountaintop, comforted by experience and enlightenment, by our "wokeness" -- and we cast our judgment upon this '70s-era show. Rightly so.

Nothing But a Good Time: An Interview with Oneohtrix Point Never

An Interview with Oneohtrix Point Never: For #GoodTime, he gives it his all, pulling out every trick in his sleeve (and an Iggy Pop collaboration) to land the emotions perfectly.

The Best Hip-Hop of 2017

The Best Hip-Hop of 2017: In a genre that's so incredibly productive, these are the ten albums that we think tell the biggest stories of 2017's hip-hop scene. #bestmusic #bestof2017

Various Artists: To the Outside of Everything: A Story of UK Post Punk 1977 - 1981

This five-CD anthology of post-punk is a challenging and enlightening listen, a triumph of curatorship that provides near-encyclopedic insight into this important chapter of UK popular music history. Out now via Cherry Red Records. #PMPick

Apocalypse, American Style

Apocalypse Now is the most iconic American film about America's War in Vietnam. But we are not here to expand the myth. We are here to explode it.

The Best Indie Rock of 2017

The Best Indie Rock of 2017: The genre is wide and unwieldy, but the musicians selected here share an awareness of one's place on the cultural-historical timeline. #bestmusic #bestof2017

Priests Charly Bliss Barsuk Records Spoon The National the Mountain Goats Algiers Matador Records Fleet Foxes Nonesuch Records The War On Drugs Thee Oh Sees Big Thief Saddle Creek Records

'Ants Among Elephants' Is a Riveting Account of Left-wing Politics and Casteism in India

Sujatha Gidla's memoir is an example of history as told from down below, by the people who were involved in the labour and caste protests and the women who did the reproductive labour for the revolutionaries.

The Best Indie Pop of 2017

The Best Indie Pop of 2017: These ten bands share a perspective on the world that doesn't shy away from tough questions or feelings. #bestmusic #bestof2017

Top Shelf Productions Flying Nun Records The Courtneys School Damage Perfume Genius The Clientele Merge Records The Ocean Party Alvvays Polyvinyl Record Company Milk Teddy Fred Thomas Lost & Lonesome Recording Co.

Fallen Nations, Eclipsed Colonies, and Other 'Nowherelands'

Bjorn Berge‘s ‘Nowherelands’ is a gentle reminder that history -- told here through stamps -- rolls on and the land will outlast us all. Out now via Thames & Hudson.

The Disaster Artist' Hilariously Unlocks 'The Room

The Disaster Artist, James Franco's new comedic biopic about The Room, is a gleeful celebration of unrestrained (and disastrous) cinematic dreams. #PMPick

Mamma First: Considering 2013's Critique of Child-rearing, 'The Conflict'

On French scholar Élisabeth Badinter's critical deconstruction of the maternal expectations that create a backlash against women's rights.

Björk: Utopia

On her latest album #Utopia, Björk leaves heartbreak behind and shares a dazzling world of love and perfection. #PMPick

Princess Leia May Be Tough, but She Wasn’t Always the Feminist She Is Today

Today the character of Star Wars' Princess Leia is celebrated as a feminist icon. But the initial reviews of the first #StarWars film in 1977 make clear that Leia wasn't always a feminist...

The Best Metal of 2017

The Best Metal of 2017: There's common ground between all 20 #metal albums despite musical differences: the ability to provide a cathartic release for the creator and the consumer alike, right when we need it most. #bestmusic #bestof2017

ROYAL THUNDER Spinefarm Records EX EYE Relapse Records The Flenser Succumb CLOAK Season of Mist Code Orange Southern Lord Recordings Power Trip Aosoth Agonia Records Elder Spirit Adrift 20 Buck Spin Mastodon Bell Witch ENDON Spectral Voice Dark Descent Records DODECAHEDRON Nuclear Blast Enslaved Akercocke Peaceville Records Profound Lore Records Pallbearer Converge Deathwish Inc. Pyrrhon Rebirth of Nefast

Angry Again: An Interview with the Bronx

INTERVIEW: From mariachi side projects to questioning whether or not to sell out on a regular basis, the fascinating contradictions that make up The Bronx's aesthetic are as compelling as their music is headbanging. #punk #punkrock

Doubling (And Tripling) Down On Time Travel in 'X-men Blue #16'

Even with a glut of time traveling shenanigans in the pages of comic books, the time-displaced X-men find a way to keep it interesting in 'X-men Blue #16'. #XMEN

'The Last Mrs. Parrish' Nods to and Subverts the Classics with Aplomb

This debut novel by sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine fits well within the mold of Gone Girl-esque thriller. 'The Last Mrs. Parrish' is out now via HarperCollins.

Louis CK’s Unconvincingly Self-Flaggelating ‘I Love You Daddy’

Louis C.K. draws attention to sexual harassment problems while indulging in being able to have such problems in #ILoveYouDaddy.

The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2017

The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2017. It was a year of rejuvenation for progressive rock and metal.

#bestof2017 #bestmusic #progrock

Inside Out Music Caligula's Horse Steven Wilson Sky Architect FREIA Music Kscope Lunatic Soul Wobbler Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly Ayreon Major Parkinson Big Big Train Pain of Salvation

Credibility Not Required or Desired: 'Cop-Out' and 'The High Commissioner'

Kino Lorber's Blu-rays of 'Cop-Out' and 'The High Commissioner' fall on the disposable but fun end of the spectrum of sophisticated film thrillers

The Understudy: Theatre Historian Charles Duff on His Memoir, Charley's Woods

An unexpurgated account of an extraordinary life could, in lesser hands, have been a misery memoir. But Charles Duff created a delightful literary work throughout which, even when revisiting the darkness of his past, he sprinkles gaiety and humour.

Secrets, Convergence, and the Sacred: DC's 'Doomsday Clock #1'

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank gamble on the sacred status of #Watchmen and it pays off.

Ang Lee's Bruce Banner Can't Carry the Weight of Hulk

Compared to the Bixby/Ferrigno television series and even most of the Hulk comics, Ang Lee's Hulk was not what audiences were expecting. The Incredible Hulk

The Best Ambient/Instrumental Music of 2017

The Best Ambient/Instrumental Music of 2017: This roundup of brilliant new voices proves that #ambient artists are taking more risks and breaking more ground than we ever thought possible. #bestof2017 #bestmusic

Kiasmos Hayden Pedigo the seven fields of aphelion Indian Wells Teen Daze CFCF Aris Kindt Prins Thomas Leandro Fresco Rafael Anton Irisarri Erased Tapes is ten. Rad Cult Driftless Recordings Smalltown Supersound A Strangely Isolated Place