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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ,,, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY,, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print.  Please give us traffic on our website at


Thursday, August 23 2012

Special Beat Service: An Interview with the English Beat

Though disappointed with UK football, English Beat frontman Dave Wakeling is excited about The Complete Beat , a five-disc box set. He chats about that, touring with the Clash, and the prevalence of reggae.

Wednesday, December 16 2009

The Best Live Albums of 2009

This has been a year teeming with one of the most robust outputs of live recordings in recent memory.

Monday, August 31 2009

Wide-Eyed Wonder: An Interview with Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance

Six Organs of Admittance/Comets on Fire frontman Ben Chasny has a lot on his mind. Sitting down with PopMatters, he lets it all out, spilling a couple unique secrets in the process ...

Monday, July 14 2008

"Once You Saw Them Live, You Were Hooked Forever": An Interview With Don Letts

With the 30th Anniversary release of the seminal Clash documentary Revolution Rock, director Don Letts reflects on the sheer power of seeing the Only Band That Mattered in a live setting, the possibility of a Big Audio Dynamite reissue, and his unabashed love... for Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Thursday, January 24 2008

The Best Music DVDs of 2007

The last few years have seen some mind-blowing DVD repackaging of a wide variety of musically projects. 2007 is the best yet.


Sunday, September 11 2011

Honey Ride Me a Goat: Udders

Limited to only 500 copies by the Lexicon label, this is the definitive collection from the UK underground's hidden treasure.

Wednesday, August 24 2011

Paterson & Pults: Grand Tetons

Originally released in 1977, Grand Tetons is a lost treasure of private prexss psych-folk from Texas by one of the Lone Star State's most talented duos.

Monday, August 15 2011

Severance & Cassidy Severance & Cassidy

The late '70s/early '80s was a time that saw rock 'n' roll get louder, faster and weirder in the advent of punk and new wave. However, such seismic sea changes on the college and commercial radio charts had little to no effect on the music of the New Hampshire duo of Dan Severance and Gary Cassidy.

Wednesday, August 3 2011

Idiot Glee: Paddywhack

A chance encounter with an old cassette copy of Pet Sounds sends a young classical music prodigy into an experimental pop tizzy on the debut album from Idiot Glee.

Monday, July 25 2011

Mani Neumeier & Kawabata Makoto: Samurai Blues

A half-decade of collaboration between two of improvisational rock's finest talents finally comes to fruition in the studio with the release of Samurai Blues, the debut album from Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier and Acid Mothers Temple guitarist Kawabata Makoto.

Saroos: See Me Not [22.Jun.11]
Jammer: Jahmanji [26.Apr.11]
Warm Widow Widower [17.Apr.11]
Peder: Dirt & Gold [10.Apr.11]
Aufgang: Aufgang [2.Feb.11]
Nedry: Condors [8.Aug.10]
Isaac Hayes: Shaft [21.Jan.10]
Grooms: Rejoicer [14.Jan.10]
Suck: Time to Suck [15.Dec.09]
Yoga: Megafauna [15.Dec.09]
Joakim: Milky Ways [17.Nov.09]
Smoke: Routes [6.Jul.09]
Vanna: A New Hope [15.Jun.09]
Gangi: A [8.Feb.09]
Adele: 19 [30.Jun.08]
Ween: La Cucaracha [23.Oct.07]


Thursday, August 29 2013

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': The ??? on !!!

Brooklyn dance rock veterans !!! are currently overseas on tour in support of their excellent new album THR!!!ER. PopMatters was able to catch up with the band to discuss the origins of the group's punctuation-friendly handle, diva vocals, Big Audio Dynamite, and the strength of the hottest !!! lineup to date.

Tuesday, December 15 2009

Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison Legacy Edition

Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison Legacy Edition - Sony Legacy [$39.98]

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