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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.


Features

Friday, July 11 2014

Cast Off the Ego Scars: An Interview with Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson

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

This Lonely Life: An Interview with Max Collins of Eve 6

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

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.


Columns

Monday, June 16 2014

In Defense Of ... Ann Hornaday, No Matter What Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen Say

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

In Defense Of ... Calling It a Finalé Even Though It's Not Over

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

In Defense Of ... Live Performances That Make the Audience Feel Alive

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

In Defense Of ... Turning 30 and Living to Tell About It

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

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'.


Reviews

Saturday, March 15 2014

Everlast: The Life Acoustic

Whitey Ford revisits his self-proclaimed lost gems. The results amount to a collection made for die-hard fans only.


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.


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Blogs

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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