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Colin McGuire
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PopMatters Music Reviews Editor

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, March 25 2014

Good Morning Tycoon: An Interview with The Presidents of the U.S.A.

An unexpected jam led to the Presidents of the United States of America recording an unexpected, crowdfunded album, but according to the band's drummer: "I don't think we have another one in us."

Tuesday, November 12 2013

Start Again: An Interview with Counting Crows' Adam Durtiz

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

In Defense of... Breaking Bad's Skyler White

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

Third Eye Blind Returns Recharged at SXSW

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

Butch Walker: In Focus at SXSW

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.


Monday, April 14 2014

In Defense Of ... Jesse Winchester

With the news that the singer-songwriter has passed, it's time to look back on someone Bob Dylan once dubbed 'The Greatest Living Songwriter'.

Tuesday, April 1 2014

In Defense Of ... The Phrase 'Spoiler Alert'

Hey, did anybody else have the Good Wife plot twist spoiled for them last week? Thanks to Google, Time and the Associated Press, I did.

Monday, March 24 2014

In Defense Of ... Modern Family's Writers

Right when the adult actors of ABC's most successful series in years were forced to file suit against 20th Century Fox, the minds behind the dialogue took an entire episode to make their points known. Subliminally or not.

Sunday, March 16 2014

In Defense Of ... Reading Books, Not E-Readers

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

In Defense Of... The Seth Meyers / Jimmy Fallon Late-Night Team

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.


Tuesday, March 4 2014

Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project: Devils 'n Darlins

Collective Soul leader branches out and the results are surprisingly well rounded.

Tuesday, December 3 2013

Jessie J: Alive

The UK pop star barely avoids a sophomore slump with this retro, hook-heavy set.

Monday, November 4 2013

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP2

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

Big Sean: Fall Of Fame

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

Trombone Shorty: Say This to Say That

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.

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Tuesday, July 2 2013

The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date

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

Hey Marseilles Soft-Rocks SXSW

If a dive bar, tiny stage, and light beer couldn't phase this Seattle septet, nothing could.

Wednesday, March 13 2013

Striking a Match at SXSW

Upstart pop country duo outshines bigger, more established names in surprising Tuesday night set.

Wednesday, January 23 2013

The 10 Greatest Lyricists in Hip-Hop

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

Bubbling Under the Top 75: Leonard Cohen - 'Old Ideas'

PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 albums that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.

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