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Erin Lyndal Martin

Erin Lyndal Martin is a poet, fiction writer, music journalist, and music promotional writer. She runs and can be reached on Twitter @erinlyndal.


Tuesday, June 4 2013

"I Could See Where the River Was Flowing": An Interview with Josh Ritter

After a devastating divorce, Josh Ritter wasn't sure how to proceed: write angry songs? Turn to drink? It was a dark period, but the striking Beast in Its Tracks is a powerful, rather hopeful document that has gained much notice, and Ritter speaks to PopMatters all about it.

Wednesday, May 29 2013

Alabaster Queen: An Interview with Marissa Nadler

She's been called "dream folk", and at one point even "Narco-folk", but Marissa Nadler simply continues doing what she's doing best: crafting the arc-based, personality-driven songs that have become her trademark, and also talks to PopMatters about that eternal debate of Joni Mitchell vs. Riot Grrrl, of course.

Sunday, April 21 2013

"I Really Wanted to Break People's Expectations": An Interview with Olafur Arnalds

He started out as a teenage drummer in punk bands, and is now using his lush sense of symphonic melodies to score films, TV shows, and create haunting music of his own. With his new album drawing raves, the one and only Ólafur Arnalds speaks to PopMatters ...

Tuesday, February 5 2013

"I Want It to Be More Purple!": An Interview with EELS' Mark Oliver Everett

Following an exhaustive trilogy of albums, Mark Oliver Everett opens up to his band on his new record, and details the highs and lows of his songwriting process in this in-depth interview ...

Tuesday, January 15 2013

How Do You Ruin Me?: An Interview with Black Prairie

Despite being comprised of members of the Decemberists, Dolorean, and Bearfoot, Black Prairie is not just a supergroup. Rather, they are five pedigreed musicians who fuse indie rock, folk, bluegrass, and gypsy music to create a sound all their own.


Tuesday, November 13 2012

Vanessa Veselka on Giving a Voice, at Least a Little Bit, to a World that Has No Voice

The world around us is the world of the book, says Vanessa Veselka. In Zazen, there's a highly fetishized identity politics world that someone is getting lost in.

Tuesday, November 6 2012

Claire Vaye Watkins Walks the Tightrope Between Chaos and Control

Claire Vaye Watkins' first short story collection, Battleborn is winning well-deserved rave reviews. Here, she discusses monkeys in chinaberry trees, Yo La Tengo, and what it's like to be a putter-inner.


Wednesday, March 27 2013

Leonard Cohen: 14 March 2013 - Milwaukee

After a long hiatus from Milwaukee, Leonard Cohen returned with a three-hour show that left little room for complaint.

Wednesday, February 13 2013

Erin McKeown: 7 February 2013 - Madison, WI

Despite jet lag, Erin McKeown rocked an intimate show at Madison, Wisconsin's High Noon Saloon with her new, explicitly political songs.

Monday, January 7 2013

Welcome to the Gagapocalypse: 'Gaga Feminism'

In J. Jack Halberstam's latest work, Mama Monster videos appear alongside discussions of the healthy queerness of Finding Nemo, and the many problems inherent in gay marriage and Bridesmaids alike.

Sunday, November 18 2012

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra: 11 November 2012 - Milwaukee, WI

The crowd at Milwaukee's Turner Hall witnessed the kind of unique concert experience that only Amanda Palmer could provide.

Monday, October 22 2012

You've Got Mail: Joshua Cohen's 'Four New Messages'

A lot of metafiction, a hefty dose of wit, and even some surprisingly tender language in unexpected places.

Sia: We Are Born [6.Jul.10]
O+S: O+S [5.Oct.09]
Shawn Colvin: Live [14.Jul.09]
Beast: Beast [5.Jul.09]
Zee Avi: Zee Avi [15.Jun.09]
Hecuba: Paradise [4.Jun.09]


Tuesday, October 4 2011

Infamous Love Songs: An Interview with Over the Rhine

Their latest album was funded by their fans, Lucinda Williams stopped by to sing on a track, and the group's new record label is named after their dog. Welcome to the wonderful world of Over the Rhine ...

Tuesday, July 19 2011

Nonsense With a Purpose: An Interview With Times New Viking

On the verge of breaking through, Times New Viking sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new record, Dada art, and what it's like having played over 700 shows.

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