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 24 2015
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
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
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."
Monday, March 9 2015
The CW's excellent Jane the Virgin reminds us there is no such thing as a true guilty pleasure.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
Sunday, November 23 2014
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
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
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.
Tuesday, April 7 2015
Becca Stevens makes a giant leap into pop music complexity with her latest, an exhilaratingly fun listen.
Sunday, March 1 2015
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
An all-grown-up Andrew McMahon forgets the appeal in keeping parts of himself forever young.
Wednesday, January 28 2015
More than 50 years into her career, Bettye LaVette still has a voice for the ages.
Tuesday, December 2 2014
Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?
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.