Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Doug Sheppard


Tuesday, September 20 2011

Still Pulling Your Strings: 'Master of Puppets' 25 Years Later

Master of Puppets not only rocketed Metallica into stardom upon its 1986 release, but it also blew a hole in the industry’s unwritten rule that a band without commercial aspirations could not make it and, as a result, helped undermine music censorship.

Tuesday, September 11 2007

Reg King: Reg King

One of the great lost '60s pop and soul also-rans, Reg King's only solo album is a murky snapshot of the dissolution of musical promise as an industry rolled on by, but remains a rawly emotional experience.

Monday, September 4 2006

When MySpace Became HerSpace

A formerly anonymous user finds out what it's like to be a Featured Profile.

Sunday, August 21 2005

Heavy '70s

Think you've heard all you need to hear of the vintage hard rock from the decade that spawned it? Even if you have heard the Tremors compilation, chances are you haven't heard any of these obscure but necessary tracks. Happy hunting.

Saturday, December 31 1994

Where the Buffalo Roamed

With the first-ever legit reissue of the legendary Aussie hard rockers' catalog at hand, PopMatters catches up with Buffalo's original guitarist, John Baxter.


Thursday, November 4 2010

Robin Trower: A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976)

The victim of poor quality CD reissues for years, Robin Trower's seminal Chrysalis albums finally get the remaster they deserve -- displaying the guitar god in all his psychedelic, Hendrix-inspired glory.

Thursday, July 30 2009

Little Richard: The Rill Thing / King of Rock and Roll / The Second Coming

With the public losing interest by the late '60s, Richard was in danger of artistic irrelevance -- a reality he faced head-on with a string of funk albums.

Tuesday, January 6 2009

Various Artists: A-Square (Of Course)

Unavailable for 40 years, the legendary catalog of Michigan's A-Square Records has finally been reissued -- and lives up to its exalted reputation.

Wednesday, March 26 2008

Tad: Busted Circuits & Ringing Ears [DVD]

As they rose from starving Sub Pop indie artists to major label beneficiaries, one couldn’t help but think that Tad could develop into a band every bit as strong as Nirvana.

Sunday, November 4 2007

Betty: Handful

A rare album from 1971 is reissued and still doesn't live up to the hype.

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