Baptists Keep Their Crust-infused Hardcore Perspective on 'Beacon of Faith'

Carrying down on their path of destruction, BAPTISTS return with #BeaconOfFaith, which extends their sonic palette and is their most complete work yet. Out Friday via Southern Lord Recordings.

Coliseum's Ryan Patterson Re-invents Himself As Fotocrime for the Synth-Heavy 'Principle of Pain'

Fotocrime's #PrincipleOfPain is a synth-heavy #postpunk album with elements of #gothrock and #darkwave that shows a whole new side to Ryan Patterson as an artist.​ Out now via Auxiliary Records. #PMPick

Horse Feathers' Metamorphosis From Americana Constructionists to Ccountry-Rock Band Is Complete

Anchored by strong songwriting and an evolving sonic palette, Horse Feathers turn in yet another solid record with #Appreciation. Out now via Kill Rock Stars.

PopMatters Picks: A Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

19. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk sought to bulk up the series with Marvel's green heavyweight. Nothing of the sort occurred in this film.

'The Mandela Plot' Gives a Crash Course in South African Politics

This tale set in Apartheid South Africa aptly demonstrates the contours of political divisiveness, but unfortunately, the characters are flat.

Ready Player None: Paolo Ruffino's 'Future Gaming'

Will gamers complete this textual quest?

Should One Laugh, Cry, or Cringe at This Adaptation of Chekov's 'The Seagull'?

Michael Mayer's take on Chekov's play is an engaging comedy of manners, but it flies by too quickly to appreciate the nuances of the writing.

Conjuring Magic: Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner Talks Band History and 'Dirty Pictures (Part 2)'

INTERVIEW: Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner talks band history and Dirty Pictures (Part 2)

Melvin Seals and JGB Re-ignite the Flame at San Francisco's Warfield Theater

Jerry Garcia's longtime keyboardist Melvin Seals and JGBthrow down a huge three-set show to honor The Warfield's 96th anniversary.

PopMatters Picks: A Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Our staff assembles a ranking of the story so far.

Gas Supplies Darker Ambient Textures on 'Rausch'

After reviving his Gas project with last year's Narkopop, Wolfgang Voigtexperiments with much darker #ambient textures on #Rausch. Out now via Kompakt Records. #PMPick

'Seymour Reads the Constitution!' is Brad Mehldau's 2018 Victory Lap

Reunited with drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, Brad Mehldau dives back into the trio format with gusto. 'Seymour Reads the Constitution!' is out now via Nonesuch Records. #PMPick #jazz

Combing Hurt With Some Fun Works for Ash on 'Islands'

Now that Ash are back to making albums, they made one where all the songs truly count. Out now via Infectious Music.

King Tuff: The Other

King Tuff's nihilistic tendencies overshadow the confusingly hopeful tone he was attempting on #TheOther.

'Black Cowboys' and 'The Best Country Blues You've Never Heard' Chart New Trails through Old-Time Music

Black music's past is a rabbit hole more than big enough for these two vastly different excursions into its secret riches.

Wussy Are the "Aliens in Our Midst" on 'What Heaven Is Like'

Ethereal, otherworldly, and darn near perfect, Wussycontinue to justify their critical praise on #WhatHeavenIsLike. #PMPick

Behold, Two Reasons Why Henry Threadgill Is One of the Greatest at What He Does

There are #jazz musicians and there are composers. And then there's Henry Threadgill. Fans now have 86 minutes of new music into which to dive. Out today via Pi Recordings.

Jarboe and Byla's 2007 LP 'Viscera' Gets Reissue Treatment From Translation Loss (album stream)

#PREMIERE: Still ahead of its time one decade on, Jarboeand Byla's #Viscera moves to vinyl for the first time on 20 July via Translation Loss Records. Listen now.

Gretchen Peters Tells American Stories on 'Dancing With the Beast' Marked by an Abundance of Compassion

Gretchen Peters's 'Dancing With the Beast' is a dark album with songs that manage, with deft use of language, to cram a whole epic into three minutes. #PMPick Out today via Proper Records.

Arctic Monkeys Make a Brilliant Shift of Their Sound on 'Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino'

Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino is an intriguing musical shift from Arctic Monkeyswildly popular and massively dominating AM, but rooted in their style and progressive growth as musicians and performers. #PMPick

Die Wilde Jagd Expertly Capture the Groovier Side of Dark Electronics on 'Uhrwald Orange'

What is it about that electrical hum and deep bass groove that evokes imagery of a dark Berlin cityscape? Whatever, Die Wilde Jagd's #UhrwaldOrange is European groove at its best. #PMPick Out now via Bureau B.

Dispatches from the Sunken Place: Kanye, Kim, and Cosby

Get Out’s Sunken Place is not at a distant location -- it subsists and persists in the here and now. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Bill Cosby should know this.

Capricorn vs. Cancer: The Story of Françoise Hardy

Capricorn vs. Cancer: The Story of French Singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy

Darlyn Vlys' "Learned to Hide" Is a Beautiful Mix of Smooth Melody and Subtle Electronic Textures (premiere)

#PREMIERE: French DJ and producer Darlyn Vlysshares "Learned to Hide", the first single from his forthcoming debut album #PrinceInTheRain, releasing on the esteemed SINCOPATlabel.

Jumping Over Rainbows: An Interview with Joan Armatrading

INTERVIEW: Inspired as ever, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading explores the complexity of love on her 21st album #NotTooFarAway. BMG US BMG

Stephen Malkmus' 'Sparkle Hard' Slips Out of Twisting Plot Traps As Nonchalantly As It Slides Around Rigid Logic

Indie rock statesman Stephen Malkmus & The Jickshones his sleight-of-hand rock on a fiery collection of songs for #SparkleHard. #PMPick Out Friday via Domino Recording Companyand Matador Records.

The Sidekicks Go in a Power Pop Direction on 'Happiness Hours'

The Sidekickshave made a wonderful #powerpop record about the good stuff in life, but they acknowledge the sour stuff as well. #HappinessHours is nostalgia with a smirk. Out Friday via Epitaph Records.

The Feelies' Side-Project Yung Wu Now Has a CD Release for 'Shore Leave'

A gift for The Feelies fans, this 1987 side project from Yung Wu, #ShoreLeave, is finally available on CD. Out now via Bar None Records

Suffering the Inscrutable: The Ethics of the Face in Dreyer's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc'

Suffering the Inscrutable: The Ethics of the Face in Dreyer's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc'
Silent Film Fans The Criterion Collection

Han Solo? More like Han Zero!

Han Solo? More like Han Zero!

Paul Schütze's 'The Sky Torn Apart' Serves As a Powerful Call for Preventative Climate Change Action

Paul Schütze's 'The Sky Torn Apart' is a bold, expansive piece of isolationist environmental music.

Spacehog's Royston Langdon Returns As Leeds and Asks "What Became of the People" (premiere + interview)

Spacehog's Royston Langdon returns with a new guise and observations on isolation and the role of the artist with his new track "What Became of the People".

Ry Cooder Seeks Comfort in Gospel Music on 'The Prodigal Son'

Ry Cooder's first album in six years, #TheProdigalSon, exchanges pointed political commentary for spiritual songs of comfort and consolation.

Kelly Willis Returns to Old School of Thought to Teach Herself a Lesson on 'Back Being Blue'

In an in-depth interview, #Americana artist Kelly Willis discusses 30 years filled with ups and downs and her decision to make a throwback record that surely will stand the test of time. Americana Music Association

Courtney Barnett Tells Us How She Really Feels

On new album #TellMeHowYouReallyFeel, courtney barnetttwists her style just enough to dig into life's challenges. #PMPick Out Friday via Mom + Pop Music.

Take It Apart by the Seams: Vera Tobin on Your Brain on Fiction

"Dumb-smart stories", fake news, serial narratives, and surprise endings: an engaging conversation about cognitive bias.

In 'Deadpool 2' the Obscenity Delightfully Continues

If you enjoyed 2016's raunchy breakout hit Deadpool, you're almost assured to love its even raunchier sequel #Deadpool2. #PMPick

Pure Intuition Without Any Limits: An Interview with oOoOO and Islamiq Grrrls

The newly-formed electronic duo of oOoOOand Islamiq Grrrlsdiscuss their experimentally-minded new album #FaminineMystique releasing this Friday. The album is also a #PMPick.

Brothers Osborne's 'Port Saint Joe' Offers Riotous Southern Rock That Challenges Mainstream Country Music

Brothers Osborne's #PortSaintJoe is an album that flirts with mainstream country while hearkening a bygone musical era.

'Fenfo' Proves Fatoumata Diawara Is One of the Most Dynamic Voices in Afropop

#Fenfo proves Fatoumata Diawarais one of the most dynamic voices in #Afropop. Out Friday via Shanachie Entertainment. #PMPick

Frank Turner Asks Us to 'Be More Kind'

​For Frank Turneron his new album #BeMoreKind, the self-evident truth is to "make racists ashamed again" and "make compassion in fashion again". #PMPick Out now via Xtra Mile Recordings/Interscope Records.

Satoko Fujii's Orchestra Berlin Plunges Deep on 'Ninety-Nine Years'

As Japanese composer Satoko Fujii's 60th year rolls along, she finds yet another way to challenge her listeners with Ninety-Nine Years.

'Deadpool 2': The (X-)Force Is Strong with This One

The blasphemous, unyielding #Deadpool2 doesn't outdo its predecessor, but rather gives more of a good thing. Deadpool Movie 20th Century Fox Deadpool Movie Deadpool

Dark Connections and Darker Divinity in 'Wonder Woman #46'

The world of mortals, gods, and demigods converge on Wonder Woman and chaos ensues

Pleasure over Exploitation: Fiona Smyth's Wholesome Orgies

Though equally explicit as the works of Robert Crumband Phoebe Gloeckner and often far more bizarre, Fiona Smyth's erotic comics are infused with delight rather than shame. Out via Koyama Press

Bill Gibron, the Movie Man

A tribute to our friend and colleague, long-time PopMatters film writer Bill Gibron.

Historian Martin Duberman Puts Us to Task with 'Has the Gay Movement Failed?'

Historian Martin Duberman puts us to task with 'Has the Gay Movement Failed?' #LGBT

'The Jazz Ambassadors': When Dizzy and Satchmo Diplomacy Swung the Cold War

How the Jazz Ambassadors, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, were sent around the world in the 1950s to help win the Cold War

John Wesley Harding Gives Us a "Wah Wah" (premiere)

#PREMIERE: John Wesley Harding (Wesley Stace) puts his own stamp on the iconic George Harrison tune "Wah Wah" from 'Greatest Other Peoples' Hits' out 5/18 via Omnivore Recordings.