Dave Heaton
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PopMatters Associate Music Editor

Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Features // 31 Articles
Columns // 26 Articles
Reviews // 515 Articles
Blogs // 20 Articles
//Features

The Best Indie Pop of 2014 | 2 Dec 2014 // 9:20 PM

It's hard to see how any lover of indie pop could find the field of choices lacking in 2014, a year when the top ten albums are just the tip of the iceberg.

Now Hear This!: The Caribbean - 'Moon Sickness' (album premiere) | 9 Feb 2014 // 9:14 PM

PopMatters is pleased to premiere the latest album by the Caribbean, Moon Sickness releasing next week via Hometapes.

//Columns

Do iPhones Dream of Boxcars? Joe Ely and Sci-Fi Country | 8 Feb 2015 // 9:30 PM

In 1983, road-weary Texan Joe Ely hovers over gadgets and wires, entering a brave new world of technology. Is he creating science-fiction country music?

Is the Sadness Gone from Country Music? | 24 Aug 2014 // 9:30 PM

Has country music lost its capacity for brutal, unshakeable loneliness? Or are we just experiencing some calm before the next, inevitable heartache?

//Reviews

Ashley Monroe: The Blade | 19 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM

Her first album that can’t be construed as a debut, The Blade comes from a place of absolute confidence in talent, of assurance in what she’s doing.

Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol | 15 Jul 2015 // 9:20 PM

Twenty five years in, Alan Jackson is sounding more like Alan Jackson than ever, which might be a splendid thing.

//Blogs

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Live 4 Love" | 6 Jan 2014 // 7:30 AM

It’s an anti-war song, with the answer being “love”, period.

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Insatiable" | 16 Dec 2013 // 4:00 AM

On this track, Prince seems slightly more interested in the video-recording than in the act itself. “Doesn’t my body look good in the shadows?”, he asks her.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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