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Tuesday, April 3 2012

“But If We Did That, We’d Be Lying”: An Interview with Gareth Campesinos!

Gareth Campesinos! talks about how a recent breakup affected the new record, the role that depression plays in his lyrics, and why touring is a weird thing to do.


Wednesday, October 5 2011

R.E.M's 'Out of Time' Over Time

On Out of Time, R.E.M. wasn't too big to be cool -- yet.


Monday, March 28 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Dollhouse

Dollhouse is in many ways Joss Whedon's most challenging and most cutting edge show, trying to deal with issues that are rarely or never addressed on television. With low ratings making a third season unlikely, Joss Whedon and his writers packed the second and final season with several seasons' worth of story arcs, resulting in one of the richer narrative arcs found on TV.


Wednesday, June 9 2010

"An Adult Person": An Interview with Gareth from Los Campesinos!

In four years, Los Campesinos! have put out three albums, toured the world several times, and become critically-adored indie-rock darlings. So why is Gareth Campesinos! still obsessed with gloom and doom? Atheism, meeting fans expectations, and an aversion to their poppier early songs all make up this insightful interview.


Wednesday, April 28 2010

You Better Mind: An Interview with Sam Amidon

What do R. Kelly, bacon sandwiches, and a land-surfing Jesus have in common? They all make up a part of Sam Amidon's world, and with his stunning sophomore disc just out, he tells PopMatters all about it ...


Reviews

Thursday, June 26 2014

Life Without Buildings: Any Other City

A new reissue of the Glasgow band's only LP reveals a powerful and idiosyncratic method to their music


Wednesday, May 28 2014

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: Someday World

Two naturally complementary collaborators make half of an OK album and half of what could have been one of the best records of the year.


Sunday, March 16 2014

Picastro: You

Dark-hued Toronto band makes another "quiet and aggressive" album that's as much a source of connection and support as it is scary.


Thursday, February 13 2014

Magik Markers: Surrender to the Fantasy

After four years off, Magik Markers return with a dark, compelling album that demonstrates the power of good sequencing to craft its own narrative


Thursday, January 9 2014

Leverage Models: Leverage Models

Ultimately this is pop music in the same sense as the New Pop that reshaped and expanded things in such interesting ways after punk: prescriptive and aspirational rather than content to huddle within the boundaries of existing forms and formulas.


Jesu: Ascension [22.Jun.11]
Low: C'mon [13.Apr.11]
Max Richter: Infra [22.Jul.10]
Aarktica:In Sea [29.Nov.09]
Ben Klock: One [7.Jun.09]
Client: Command [5.May.09]
Tindersticks [12.Apr.09]
Milosh: iii [10.Feb.09]
Wire [2.Nov.08]
Tape: Luminarium [15.Sep.08]
Gas: Nah Und Fern [12.Aug.08]
Philip Jeck: Sand [28.Jul.08]
Wire: Object 47 [17.Jul.08]
Mogwai: Young Team [16.Jul.08]

Blogs

Wednesday, January 22 2014

Noises Sound Like the End: 13 Essential Mogwai Songs

With the very fine new album Rave Tapes out this month, PopMatters looks back on Mogwai's rich career by picking 13 of the finest songs from the full span of the post-rock band's work.


Monday, December 5 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Songs of 2011: A$AP Rocky

Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...


Tuesday, October 11 2011

Junior Boys - "Banana Ripple" (video)


Friday, June 3 2011

Careers & Beards: A Video Interview with Nick Offerman

Refraining from shaving can save the planet. To honor World Environment Day on June 5th, Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman sat down with PopMatters to discuss everything burly, bushy, and beardy ...


Hurts - "Blood, Tears & Gold" (video) (Mixed Media) [18.Jan.10]
The Stylus Decade (Mixed Media) [8.Jan.10]
Slipped Disc: Mountains – Choral (Mixed Media) [17.Dec.09]
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