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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, 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."


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 ...


Columns

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 ... Well, You're Not Going to Believe This One 'Til You Read It

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.


Tuesday, July 15 2014

In Defense Of ... HBO's 'Enlightened'

A couple years after its demise, it's time to look back at how brilliant and confusing Mike White and Laura Dern's series really was.


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.


Reviews

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.


Monday, November 3 2014

Lenny Kravitz: Strut

Lenny Kravitz returns to form with an excellent new set of songs that make you dance as much as they make you think.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland

Memory loss. Death. Being under water. A lot. Counting Crows' latest features some of Adam Duritz's best moments ever, and it's now been more than 20 years after their debut.


Monday, September 29 2014

Bruce Hornsby: Solo Concerts

Hornsby explores his many, many sides on a double-disc that might be tough listening for fringe fans.


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.


Tuesday, January 22 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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