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.
Everything Is Easy: The Touring Lives of Third Eye Blind | 28 Jul 2015 // 10:00 PM
"I really, really look at the audience. I'm not one of those people who glosses over; I very directly, soberly engage. I'm going to look you in the eye. And you can just see this summer of America getting better."
Everclear's Art Alexakis Is the Man Who Broke His Own Heart | 11 May 2015 // 10:00 PM
Everclear's Art Alexakis reflects on his career in music as well as his band's "best-sounding" new album.
Thursday's Geoff Rickly on Reissues, the Future, and Selling Crockpots | 24 Mar 2015 // 10:00 PM
Thursday is no more, but their legacy lives on, with singer Geoff Rickly reissuing Waiting on his own label and talking about what chances, if any, there are to the group reuniting.
"That Feels Good in the Heart": An Interview with Butch Walker | 11 Nov 2014 // 11:00 PM
He's produced hits for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more, but on his forthcoming Ryan Adams-produced album, Butch Walker explores some of the darkest corners of his soul.
Cast Off the Ego Scars: An Interview with Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson | 11 Jul 2014 // 3:34 AM
The song was "Flagpole Sitta", and it was everywhere in the late '90s. Nearly two decades later, it finally gets the vinyl treatment.
In Defense of 'Breaking Bad's' Skyler White //14.Aug.13
Third Eye Blind Returns Recharged at SXSW //19.Mar.13
Butch Walker: In Focus at SXSW //17.Mar.13
Blood Brothers: An Interview with Eve 6 //30.May.12
Pop Star //7.Jul.09
Covering Cover Songs | 4 May 2015 // 10:30 PM
Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.
In Defense of Doing Away With Guilty Pleasures | 9 Mar 2015 // 9:29 PM
The CW's excellent Jane the Virgin reminds us there is no such thing as a true guilty pleasure.
In Defense of the Chris Rock Renaissance | 17 Feb 2015 // 9:15 PM
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
In Defense of Not Wanting to Hear Your Band Perform a Favorite Album Live | 23 Nov 2014 // 9:30 PM
When a band performs its best album at shows, over and over, it's like they're admitting that they'll never achieve that particular level of greatness again.
In Defense of, Believe It or Not, TMZ | 1 Oct 2014 // 9:30 PM
Regarding the Ray Rice saga, TMZ not only forced the NFL's hand, it put domestic violence back in the spotlight, where it should be.
In Defense of HBO's 'Enlightened' //15.Jul.14
In Defense of Jesse Winchester //14.Apr.14
In Defense of the Phrase 'Spoiler Alert' //1.Apr.14
In Defense of Modern Family's Writers //24.Mar.14
In Defense of Reading Books, Not E-Readers //16.Mar.14
In Defense of Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour //3.Mar.14
In Defense of a Roku Television Revolution //28.Jan.14
In Defense of an Ugly Betty Movie //11.Dec.13
In Defense of Keith Olbermann and His 12-Round Boxing Match With Politics, Sports and Viewers //19.Nov.13
In Defense of the Aughts' Pop Punk Boom //11.Nov.13
In Defense of Saving the VMAs //24.Sep.13
In Defense of the Influence of 'Difficult Men' //17.Sep.13
In Defense of Fox Sports 1 //27.Aug.13
In Defense of New Radicals //20.Aug.13
In Defense of Retiring the Band Name Sublime //7.Jul.13
In Defense of the Postal Service Reunion //26.Jun.13
In Defense of Podcasting //10.Jun.13
In Defense of Music Festival Fatigue //4.Jun.13
In Defense of Kanye West //29.May.13
In Defense of New Orleans Gospel Music //22.May.13
In Defense of Going to the Movies //8.May.13
In Defense of the Music Collector //30.Apr.13
In Defense of the Rock Drummer //22.Apr.13
In Defense of a Disgust for Reality Television //11.Apr.13
In Defense of March Madness //25.Mar.13
In Defense of Going to South By Southwest //18.Mar.13
In Defense of Binge-Watching Television //27.Feb.13
In Defense of 2012's Best Movie, 'The Master' //18.Feb.13
In Defense of Opening Acts //13.Feb.13
In Defense of Newspapers //5.Feb.13
In Defense of Justin Bieber Smoking Pot //14.Jan.13
In Defense of Being Fed Up with Irony //8.Jan.13
In Defense of End-Of-Year Lists //10.Dec.12
In Defense of Hating Thanksgiving //18.Nov.12
In Defense Keeping It Real, and Live //6.Nov.12
In Defense of VH1s 'Behind the Music' //3.Oct.12
In Defense of Not Buying into '90s Nostalgia //17.Sep.12
In Defense of Being in a Band //12.Sep.12
In Defense of Not Going Goo-goo Over Lady Gaga //22.Aug.12
In Defense of Twitter as the Devil //15.Aug.12
In Defense of Woody Allen's Recent Work //19.Jul.12
In Defense of Boy Band Mania //2.Apr.12
In Defense ofhe HBO Television Series, 'Luck' //21.Mar.12
Jill Scott: Woman | 25 Aug 2015 // 9:10 PM
On Woman, Jill Scott is both reflective and bitter: not only with the world, but also herself.
Lianne La Havas: Blood | 26 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM
With Blood, Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself and adds a prefix to her name.
Raheem DeVaughn: Love Sex Passion | 28 May 2015 // 10:00 PM
An underrated soul singer offers up one of his strongest sets to date.
Becca Stevens Band: Perfect Animal | 7 Apr 2015 // 9:05 PM
Becca Stevens makes a giant leap into pop music complexity with her latest, an exhilaratingly fun listen.
Kelly Clarkson: Piece By Piece | 1 Mar 2015 // 9:06 PM
With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger.
Bettye LaVette: Worthy //28.Jan.15
Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions //2.Dec.14
Future: Monster //23.Nov.14
Lenny Kravitz: Strut //3.Nov.14
Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland //1.Oct.14
Bruce Hornsby: Solo Concerts //29.Sep.14
Bleachers: Strange Desire //31.Jul.14
David Gray: Mutineers //22.Jul.14
Everlast: The Life Acoustic //15.Mar.14
Jessie J: Alive //3.Dec.13
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP2 //4.Nov.13
Big Sean: Fall Of Fame //30.Oct.13
Trombone Shorty: Say This to Say That //15.Oct.13
Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost //15.Sep.13
Hugh Laurie: Didn't It Rain //5.Aug.13
Jay-Z: Magna Carta...Holy Grail (take two) //11.Jul.13
Amy Speace: How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat //23.Jun.13
Hanson: Anthem //18.Jun.13
The Black Crowes: Wiser for the Time //14.May.13
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite: Get Up! //30.Jan.13
Kris Kristofferson: Feeling Mortal //28.Jan.13
Mint Condition: Music @ The Speed of Life //16.Jan.13
Maceo Parker: Soul Classics //25.Nov.12
Gary Clark Jr.: Blak & Blu //23.Oct.12
Nelly Furtado: The Spirit Indestructible //16.Oct.12
Ralph 'Soul' Jackson: The Alabama Love Man //11.Oct.12
Paul Simon: Live in New York City //2.Oct.12
Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth //17.Jul.12
Jason Mraz: Love Is a Four Letter Word //28.May.12
Peter Gabriel: Live Blood //9.May.12
Our Lady Peace: Curve //18.Apr.12
The Fray: Scars & Stories //20.Mar.12
Rufus Thomas: Do The Funky Chicken //22.Nov.11
Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do //16.Oct.11
Buddy and the Juniors: Buddy and the Juniors //6.Oct.11
Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass: Easy Living //29.Sep.11
Frank Sinatra: Ring-A-Ding-Ding //22.Sep.11
Galactic: The Other Side of Midnight //25.Aug.11
Joss Stone: LP1 //24.Jul.11
Leon Russell: The Best of Leon Russell //12.Jun.11
Booker T. Jones: The Road From Memphis //19.May.11
Shady Ave.: Common Sound //15.Mar.11
Ne-Yo: Libra Scale //22.Nov.10
David Gray: Foundling //14.Sep.10
Various Artists: Stax Number Ones //27.Jun.10
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Live in Las Vegas //31.Mar.10
Joss Stone: Colour Me Free //8.Dec.09
Kermit Ruffins: Livin' a Tremé Life //27.Jul.09
Beyoncé: I Am... Sasha Fierce //5.Feb.09
B.B. King: B.B. King and His Orchestra Live //5.Jan.09
Donnie Klang: Just a Rolling Stone //5.Nov.08
John Mayer: Where The Light Is //23.Jul.08
Saves the Day: Under the Boards //22.Jan.08
Motion City Soundtrack: Even If It Kills Me //3.Dec.07
Toots and the Maytals: Light Your Light //8.Nov.07
June: Make It Blur //25.Oct.07
Diana Ross: Last Time I Saw Him //7.Oct.07
Chris Cornell: Carry On //3.Oct.07
Marc Broussard: S.O.S.: Save Our Soul //30.Sep.07
Hot Hot Heat: Happiness Ltd. //24.Sep.07
Sister Hazel: Bam Vol. 1 //17.Sep.07
Koko Taylor: Old School //4.Sep.07
The Honorary Title: Scream and Light Up the Sky //30.Aug.07
Fishbone: Still Stuck in Your Throat //21.Aug.07
The Click Five: Modern Minds and Pastimes //19.Aug.07
Straylight Run: The Needles the Space //25.Jul.07
Sound the Alarm: Stay Inside //15.Jul.07
T.I.: T.I. vs. T.I.P. //2.Jul.07
The Tossers: Agony //17.Jun.07
Ne-Yo: Because of You //6.Jun.07
Shitdisco: Kingdom of Fear //31.May.07
This Is Me Smiling: This Is Me Smiling //8.May.07
Stephen Marley: Mind Control //19.Apr.07
The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date | 2 Jul 2013 // 1:00 AM
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.
Hey Marseilles Soft-Rocks SXSW | 18 Mar 2013 // 4:00 AM
If a dive bar, tiny stage, and light beer couldn't phase this Seattle septet, nothing could.
Striking a Match at SXSW | 13 Mar 2013 // 3:00 AM
Upstart pop country duo outshines bigger, more established names in surprising Tuesday night set.
The 10 Greatest Lyricists in Hip-Hop | 23 Jan 2013 // 12:00 AM
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.
Bubbling Under the Top 75: Leonard Cohen - 'Old Ideas' | 11 Dec 2012 // 5:00 AM
PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 albums that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.