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.
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.
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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.
Melkbelly: Nothing Valley | 11 Oct 2017 // 9:05 PM
The Chicago band’s combustion engine runs on chaotic cohesion.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Talk Tight | 9 Oct 2017 // 3:43 AM
The Melbourne band's first EP gets an official US release.
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.