Basic Income Is the Future; Basic Income Could Be the Present

The Epilogue to BASIC INCOME correctly identifies that the cause for economic anxiety and stagnation is the “dictatorship of the market”. From this, universal basic income would inarguably set us free.

Out now via Harvard University Press.

Nick Lowe: Reissues, 1982-1990

This collection is plenty of proof that Nick Lowe is one of the finest songwriters of his -- or any -- generation.

Nick Lowe: Reissues, 1982-1990 is out now via Yep Roc Records.

The Society of the 'Fight Club' Is the Society of the Spectacle

This week's film #longread examines David Fincher's Fight Club. All work and no play make Jack deconstruct life, cinema, and his own sanity.

When American Women's Dreams of Equality Carried Them to Russia

When American women's dreams of equality carried them to Russia: AMERICAN GIRLS IN RED RUSSIA.

'The Female Animal' Is Better Than She Seems

Film buffs interested in Hollywood's stealthy attempts to be more frankly sexual may enjoy THE FEMALE ANIMAL.

The Top Tier X-men Assemble for a Top Level Blockbuster in 'Astonishing X-men #1'

Astonishing X-men may be the most important X-men comic to come along since Secret Wars.

Laura Nyro: A Little Magic, A Little Kindness - The Complete Mono Albums

Laura Nyro was known to prefer the mono versions of these albums that would sound good on a cheap radio, so this new collection from Real Gone Music honors hair spirit.

'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor Who has some fans up in arms. Why all the fuss?

A Feminist Reads Philip Roth

Thoughts about Philip Roth's The Dying Animal, as brought on by the season 6 episode of Girls, "American Bitch".

The True Origin of the Superhero Film Craze? 'X-Men' Comics

Bryan Singer's first X-Men film launched the comic book film craze that is still sweeping through Hollywood. But it had a predecessor in Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1.


Bolstered by powerful production SZA's CTRL is as resonant and sure-footed of an R&B debut as any this year. Out now via Top Dawg Entertainment.

'Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies' Joins the Debate on the Origins of Rock 'n' Roll

DEVIL'S MUSIC is a fine primer on and overview of the ongoing debates surrounding the origins of rock ‘n’ roll.

Awesome Tapes From Africa: An Interview with Brian Shimkovitz

What started as a blog soon turned into a label, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and the founder/curator Brian Shimkovitz reflects on the newest reissue and the cassette's diminishing African presence.

'Dunkirk' Is a Masterpiece of Overwhelming Realism

Arguably Christopher Nolan’s best film, Dunkirk is a propulsive descent into Hell that celebrates the indomitable human spirit.

'Assassins Creed: Syndicate': Power Abhors a Vacuum

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate's politics are painted with broad strokes, but in these times of absurd politics, those broad strokes become pointed commentary.

Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Michelle Zauner follows her breakout Japanese Breakfast debut with Soft Sounds From Another Planet out now via Dead Oceans, easily one of the more compulsively listenable indie records of 2017.

Erasure - World Be Gone (Boxed In Remix) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: Legendary synthpoppers Erasure return with their second single from their latest album World Be Gone and a stunning remix.

The 'World Be Gone Remix EP' releases July 28th via Mute Records

The Guinness-drinking Folks at 'The Forensic Records Society' Sure Know Their Music

The Guinness-drinking folks at THE FORENSIC RECORDS SOCIETY sure know their music.

Legendary Shack Shakers - After You've Gone (audio) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: Legendary Shack Shakers' new LP After You've Gone drops 8/25 via Last Chance Records and here's the lead single.

Everything Was Fake: 'Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris'

In the wake of the 'Terrible Year', Gustav Flaubert railed against the stupidity of his fellow citizens. Are we any smarter 150 years later?

Learn more in Peter Brooks' FLAUBERT IN THE RUINS OF PARIS out now via Basic Books.

Tau Cross: Pillar of Fire

Tau Cross displays no intention of slowing down or conforming and delivers an alchemical work of crossover thrash and brainy post-punk with folk deviations.

PILLAR OF FIRE is out on Friday via Relapse Records.

'Dunkirk' Is a Compelling, Paralyzing, Nightmarish Vision of War

With Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan delivers his most cinematic work yet, assaulting the senses while examining courage and cowardice in wartime.

A Look Back but a Step Forward: An Interview with Steve Earle

INTERVIEW: Steve Earle has blazed his own trails but now, at 62, he reflects on fallen heroes, chance encounters, and how he'll always be a political rabble-rouser.

Earle's latest album SO YOU WANNABE AN OUTLAW is out now via Warner Bros. Records.

'Threads' Is a Cartoon Sojourn in a Metaphorical Jungle of Real-world Refugees

Kate Evans' THREADS is a cartoon sojourn in a metaphorical jungle of real-world refugees.

Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift in Decorum - Live at the Village Vanguard

Our most intriguing young trumpet player, Ambrose Akinmusire, live and with just a rhythm section, making magic on Blue Note Records. #PMPick

INMusic Festival Wows Record-breaking Crowd

Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon deliver wildly disparate spectacles as thousands gather for Croatia's INmusic Festival.

Brush Up on Your Film Studies With 'Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2'

The Criterion Collection's MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT NO. 2 Like an international film studies master class.

Our Times of Political Turmoil and Upheaval Call for Grace Paley's Astute Criticism

'A Grace Paley Reader' is a powerful, captivating, and extremely relevant survey of Paley’s work from the field. It's a fine example of the personal as political. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Gotta Stay Up 'Til the Sunrise: An Interview with Animal Collective's Avey Tare

Animal Collective's Avey Tare talks with PopMatters about his California album 'Eucalyptus' and the importance of space and mystery in music. Domino Recording Company

Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts

Think of Offa Rex as The Decemberists and UK singer Olivia Chaney jumping into a wormhole to come out the other side as Fairport Convention. It works magically in every way.

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS is out now via Nonesuch Records.

Goran Therborn's Scholary Study, 'Cities of Power' and the Global Moment

"Capital cities are by definition sites of political power... they are open also sites of resistance, of political counter-power, of protest rallies and headquarters of opposition movements, parties and trade unions."

Learn more in Göran Therborn's CITIES OF POWER out now via Verso Books.

Whitehorse: Panther in the Dollhouse

Whitehorse's music has a Western movie vibe and aural CinemaScope in black and white where color sometimes bleeds in.

The band's new album Panther in the Dollhouse is out now via Six Shooter Records.

Poetry, Art, and the New Spirit of Capitalism

Poet and critic Joshua Bernes seeks nothing less than a complete reconsideration of poetry and art over the past 50 years in this book, which heralds the appearance of an important new voice in criticism.

THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF DEINDUSTRIALIZATION is out now via Stanford University Press.

Algiers and the Political Structures of Noise

How can there be a political movement if we're unwilling to move? Find out in Robert Loss' essay on Algiers and the political structures of noise.

Algiers' new album THE UNDERSIDE OF POWER is out now via Matador Records.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Echo of Pleasure

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back to show us that '80s alternative #synthpop isn't dead, and it's perfectly fine to be mopey as long as there's a good beat.

The Story's Jennifer Kimball Makes Folk Music for the New Century

One-half of the '90s duo The Story, Jennifer D Kimball, collaborates with Cuddle Magic's Alec Spiegelman to create mature Americana that has a modern groove.

The Flipside #2: Baby Driver

In #TheFlipside, our critics saw Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and trace its heist-film lineage and iPod fetishization to its funky ends.

Quindar: Hip Mobility

Quindar's two-man instrumental combo provide a lush, futuristic soundtrack of NASA's glory days on HIP MOBILITY, out today via Butterscotch Records.

'Puffin Rock' Opens Up a World of Ecological Imagination for Children

What differentiates Puffin Rock Official from its peers in children’s educational TV is how it imagines authority.

Erasure: From Moscow to Mars - An Erasure Anthology

Erasure's 50 singles represent an arresting 30-plus year journey through #electropop and #synthpop history.

Low and Slow: David Lowery on the Simplicity of 'A Ghost Story'

Director David Lowery talks with PopMatters about his ambitious indie A Ghost Story, a movie that revels in intimacy and the passage of time.

Jillette Johnson - Flip a Coin ( audio) (premiere)

Listen to #premiere of Jillette Johnson's stunning new song "Flip a Coin". LP drops 7/28 via Rounder Records. Produced by Dave Cobb.

Radiohead Music Theory, Pure and Simple

The most intelligent bunch of musicians to ever sell out an arena (Radiohead) are the subject of rich, in-depth critical analysis. Have a highlighter and headphones handy.

Brad Osborn's EVERYTHING IN IIS RIGHT PLACE: ANALYZING RADIOHEAD is out now via Oxford University Press.

Does Western Civilization Owes a Classical Debt to Greece?

Does Western civilization owe a "classical debt" to Greece? Johanna Hanink makes an interesting argument.


Ex Eye: Ex Eye

Led by Colin Stetson and augmented by drummer Greg Fox, EX EYE makes a black metal/jazz amalgam that is cathartic in its athleticism. Their self-titled album is out now via Relapse Records.

The Dark, Funny, Subversive Chamber of Angela Carter's Imagination

In this expansive yet detailed and nuanced biography, Edmund Gordon allows the complex and endlessly fascinating Angela Carter to come alive on the page again.

THE INVENTION OF ANGELA CARTER: A BIOGRAPHY is out now via the Oxford University Press.

'Star Wars #33' Has Luke and Leia Stranded on a Watery Planet

This STAR WARS #33 comic is basically the sci-fi equivalent of CAST AWAY, but with more sea monsters and fewer volleyballs.

Truth ≠ Clarity: Antonionis 'Blow-Up' and the Melancholy of Discovery

Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOW-UP taunts its viewers with a significance that never manifests, a Truth that always recedes.

Do You Want to Be Dead or a Monster?: An Interview With Jen Goma

INTERVIEW: While known for work in A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Jen Goma surprised even herself by going solo and embracing all the craziness that comes with it.

The Highway Is for Gamblers: Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen Take a One-way Trip

How Joyce Carol Oates, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen traveled out of a small town towards the great unknown.