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 // 33 Articles
Columns // 26 Articles
Reviews // 542 Articles
Blogs // 21 Articles
//Features

The Best Indie Pop of 2016 | 7 Dec 2016 // 9:00 PM

In 2016, indie pop's highlights often went hand-in-hand with a general feeling of fading away, falling apart, saying goodbye.

The Best Indie Pop of 2015 | 30 Nov 2015 // 9:00 PM

In 2015 indie pop, there are recurring appearances by the Dunedin Sound, brevity, the changing of the seasons, and the spectre of childhood that hangs over our adult lives.

//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

The Mountain Goats: Goths | 1 Jun 2017 // 9:30 PM

Goths, like the Mountain Goats' music in general, is based on a deep understanding of what it feels to be out of step with the world, and of the sort-of communities built around that feeling.

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. | 20 Apr 2017 // 9:30 PM

The title is our reaction to his verbal gymnastics, his brazenness. And it’s a question: are we damned?

//Blogs

Last Leaves - "The World We Had" (video) (premiere) | 26 Jun 2017 // 7:00 AM

Former Lucksmiths return with lovelorn fuzz-pop.

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.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Inside' and the Monstrosity of Collectivism

// Moving Pixels

"An ability to manipulate a collective is a hint at what a little boy's power as an individual might be.

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