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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

Tuesday, March 24 2015

Thursday's Geoff Rickly on Reissues, the Future, and Selling Crockpots

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.


Tuesday, November 11 2014

"That Feels Good in the Heart": An Interview with Butch Walker

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.


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."


Columns

Monday, March 9 2015

In Defense of Doing Away With Guilty Pleasures

The CW's excellent Jane the Virgin reminds us there is no such thing as a true guilty pleasure.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

In Defense of the Chris Rock Renaissance

Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.


Sunday, November 23 2014

In Defense of Not Wanting to Hear Your Band Perform a Favorite Album Live

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.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

In Defense of, Believe It or Not, TMZ

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.


Tuesday, August 19 2014

In Defense of a Second Season for 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.


Reviews

Sunday, March 1 2015

Kelly Clarkson: Piece By Piece

With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

An all-grown-up Andrew McMahon forgets the appeal in keeping parts of himself forever young.


Wednesday, January 28 2015

Bettye LaVette: Worthy

More than 50 years into her career, Bettye LaVette still has a voice for the ages.


Tuesday, December 2 2014

Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?


Sunday, November 23 2014

Future: Monster

Future's latest mixtape proves to be the sonic equivalent of a 40-degree day.


Jessie J: Alive [3.Dec.13]
Hanson: Anthem [18.Jun.13]
Joss Stone: LP1 [24.Jul.11]
Ne-Yo: Libra Scale [22.Nov.10]
June: Make It Blur [25.Oct.07]
The Tossers: Agony [17.Jun.07]

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.


Bye, Bye Abby (Sources Say) [12.Aug.09]
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