Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.
Hard Work: An Interview With Shout Out Louds | 19 Apr 2010 // 4:00 PM
While roaming the streets of Stockholm, Shout Out Louds’ Adam Olenius talks about their new album Work, the effort the band put into it and their passionate new producer, as well as their views on television performances and the Olympics.
The Union Endures: An Interview with the Boxer Rebellion | 3 Mar 2010 // 3:00 PM
Singer/guitarist Nathan Nicholson talks to PopMatters about his band's new album, the return to a label-less existence and his thoughts about the relationship between music and disaster relief.
"We Wanted to Do Something Completely Different": An Interview with Editors | 19 Jan 2010 // 2:59 PM
Guitars for sale! Ditching the moody edge that defined their first two albums, the UK's Editors are now setting out to craft electronic rock music.
The Sunny Side and More: An Interview With John Carter Cash | 15 Jul 2007 // 4:59 PM
John Carter Cash talks to PopMatters about his mother's life and the process of creating the new June Carter Cash tribute album and biography.
Third Time's a Charm: An Interview with Brendan Benson | 1 May 2005 // 8:03 PM
It's been rough getting here, but he's stayed focused and made a new album, and even picked up some friends along the way.
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Vienna Teng: Inland Territory | 1 Jun 2009 // 3:56 PM
Singer-songwriter sounds strong from start to finish, oozing Amos-ish appeal.
Max Morgan: Interrupting the Silence | 14 May 2009 // 3:57 PM
Sweet pop from Liverpool, but it's not a Beatles clone.
Mayda: The Interrogation | 10 May 2009 // 3:55 PM
Strong radio-friendly pop from Korean-cum-Minnesotan singer.
Darla Farmer: Rewiring the Electric Forest | 6 May 2009 // 3:56 PM
Fair album but nothing to get excited about.
Desario: Zero Point Zero | 5 May 2009 // 3:57 PM
Quirky but nifty rock outfit finds fine mix of influences, from Vampire Weekend to the 'Mats.