Ian King

In addition to PopMatters, Ian King is a contributor to The Line of Best Fit, and has written for Nylon, Slice Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Wondering Sound, Redefine, Stereo Subversion, Line - A Journal, and other places. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Appetite for Definition: An Encyclopedia of Rock Music Genres, scheduled for publication by HarperCollins in 2018. Visit at: www.ianfking.com, @dearjerksmusic, and ian_f_king.

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13 Must-See Artists at This Week’s Northside Festival | 6 Jun 2017 // 3:00 AM

Northside’s unique geographical situation and organizational openness makes it an ideal alternative to what has become the cookie cutter weekend-long concert experience in America.

The Best Emo Albums of 2014 | 11 Dec 2014 // 3:02 AM

Like emo's first wave, today's revival has taken issue with the category itself. But concerns over labels shouldn't get in the way of appreciating the connections between the subgenre's up-and-comers and legacy acts that reconvened like Y2K never happened.


Kacey Johansing: The Hiding | 18 Jul 2017 // 3:10 AM

The L.A.-based singer’s third solo album softly grasps the art of holding back.

Ride: Weather Diaries | 15 Jun 2017 // 4:11 AM

Oxford’s dreaming sons erase their ending with an album that is fondly unfamiliar and more rewarding for it.


Banny Grove: 'Cars in Control EP' (audio) (premiere) | 18 Jul 2017 // 4:45 AM

Banny Grove's new Cars in Control EP is much more a product of, and response to, Southern California’s bright sprawling artifice.

A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "You're a King" | 6 Jul 2015 // 6:00 AM

Like too many great bands, Lowercase have never received their full due. Ragged, deeply, sometimes even awkwardly, personal music like theirs typically becomes the property of small but passionate fanbases.

//Mixed media

How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

// Sound Affects

"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

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