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.
Friday, July 11 2014
The song was "Flagpole Sitta", and it was everywhere in the late '90s. Nearly two decades later, it finally gets the vinyl treatment.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Eve 6's Max Collins is back, releasing his first-ever solo record, and learning valuable lessons from Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty.
Tuesday, March 25 2014
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
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.
Monday, June 16 2014
The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.
Monday, June 2 2014
With Mad Men now wrapped up until spring 2015, it's time we stop resisting the trend of this new television practice. It ain't over, but it's still a finalé.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?
Sunday, April 27 2014
Turning 30 means you still might be able to achieve some sort of greatness, but your definition of greatness changes more often than your pant-size.
Monday, April 14 2014
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'.
Saturday, March 15 2014
Whitey Ford revisits his self-proclaimed lost gems. The results amount to a collection made for die-hard fans only.
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, 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.