Colin McGuire is a columnist and a Music Reviews Editor here at PopMatters, as well as an award-winning blogger and copy editor for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Maryland. He has worked in newspapers for five years, writing columns, editing stories and trying to make sure the medium doesn’t completely fall off the Earth anytime soon. You can follow him on Twitter @colinpadraic.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Counting Crows have never played things by the book, which is why the Oscar-nominated group's third live release is filled with covers, and Duritz talks to PopMatters about his process, his regrets, and what fans can expect next ...
Wednesday, August 14 2013
She's been called a bitch. She's been called worse. Yet given the amount of loathing the character has had to endure in her run on Breaking Bad, what people are largely missing is the point. Skyler is so much more than what she appears. So, so much.
Tuesday, March 19 2013
Stephan Jenkins and friends debut three new songs at Austin set and remind us all -- even the city of Austin's finest -- how powerful and beloved they can be.
Sunday, March 17 2013
One of America's greatest songwriters has been one of the hardest working artists at South By Southwest this year. That commitment, however, shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has followed his long and unpredictable career.
Thursday, March 14 2013
As the featured speaker of this year's music festival, the Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighters lead singer reflects on what it took to get where he is today.
Sunday, March 16 2014
Even if an e-reader might be more practical than a heavy book, there isn't an electronic screen on the planet that rivals the prestige attached to such a time-tested medium.
Monday, March 10 2014
Thanks to Seth Meyers, the community of after-hours talk-show hosts just got a whole lot friendlier. Call it fresh. Call it new. I call it interesting.
Monday, March 3 2014
Seeing Kanye West perform, I learned not only what it's like to see a master at the top of his game in the prime of his career, but also what it is that makes the polarizing artist so fascinating. And so, so breathtaking.
Sunday, February 16 2014
An institution once associated with class, heroism, athletic superiority, equality and, of course, proud patriotism has been deduced to yet another pawn in the ongoing game of international passive-aggression.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
All it took was a trip to the Royal Rumble to see how similar the warped reality of the WWE is to The Kardashians. Or The Real World. Or Duck Dynasty. Or Honey Boo Boo.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
Collective Soul leader branches out and the results are surprisingly well rounded.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
The UK pop star barely avoids a sophomore slump with this retro, hook-heavy set.
Monday, November 4 2013
Eminem returns to his 2000 smash sophomore effort and again earns his place on top of hip-hop's Mount Rushmore. Ever worry about what it might be like once he begins to age? This set is all the reassurance you need.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
There are many things to value within Sean's second official full-length, but when considering the expectation that found him after such a promising debut, Hall of Fame might be the most successful sophomore slump ever.
Tuesday, October 15 2013
On the trombonist's latest effort, he teams with Raphael Saadiq to bring the funk, soul and rhythm back to his signature blend of New Orleans-bred music. The result is one of his most well-rounded albums ever.
Tuesday, July 2 2013
As Hov readies the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it's time to take a look at the 20 best songs his career has offered so far.
Monday, March 18 2013
If a dive bar, tiny stage, and light beer couldn't phase this Seattle septet, nothing could.
Wednesday, March 13 2013
Upstart pop country duo outshines bigger, more established names in surprising Tuesday night set.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
From the type of honest and revealing storytelling that some have mastered to the wit-centric, mind-bending lines that ooze with double entendres and third, fourth, and fifth meanings, the best hip-hop will forever be contingent on the power of its lyrics. Here, PopMatters takes a look at 10 of the best lyricists the rap form has to offer.
Tuesday, December 11 2012
PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 albums that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.