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.
Sunday, February 9 2014
PopMatters is pleased to premiere the latest album by the Caribbean, Moon Sickness releasing next week via Hometapes.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
In 2013, the best indie-pop felt like "secret music" meant for our ears only and, at the same time, like we're being pulled into a community.
Wednesday, December 5 2012
Writing about the best indie-pop seems inherently an individualized, personal experience -- but that is fitting for a type of music that on one level seems more person-oriented than mass-movement-oriented.
Monday, December 5 2011
Perhaps some of the bands on this list aren’t indie-pop in a literal way, but they most definitely are in heredity, influence, or spirit. They prove that our most interesting musicians can express themselves within the essential form of a pop song, while also changing how we think about songs and what they do to us.
Wednesday, October 5 2011
1991 was a significant, even historic year, for country music, giving a strong indication of the direction it would take from then on to now.
Sunday, August 24 2014
Has country music lost its capacity for brutal, unshakeable loneliness? Or are we just experiencing some calm before the next, inevitable heartache?
Tuesday, June 3 2014
Living out of step fits right in with Dondero's songs of tough and kindhearted outcasts, eccentrics and survivors who live out of sight, but in plain sight.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Let's compare Eric Church's macho, white-power Outsiders to some newly reissued country outsiders from the '70s, the out-gay-country group Lavender Country.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
You can call 2013 the year that country-music album covers looked like advertisements torn from fashion and lifestyle magazines.
Sunday, October 13 2013
Merle Haggard's restlessness breaks him out of one prison and sends him towards another.
Monday, November 10 2014
This was no doubt created for fans, but it serves as a decent introduction to the band's music anyway.
Wednesday, November 5 2014
It’s as if she took a previous Grouper album and stripped everything away, down to the bones, down to dust.
Sunday, November 2 2014
As melodic, jangly and occasionally crunchy as this is, there’s a persistent sense of the fading glow of daytime, the feeling that life is slipping away.
Friday, October 17 2014
Overall the album has both a sense of doom and gloom and an intimate, candlelit feeling.
Sunday, September 21 2014
This is a fresh, young band, attractive in sound and approach, playing music with echoes of many great indie-pop bands of the past.
Monday, January 6 2014
It’s an anti-war song, with the answer being “love”, period.
Monday, December 16 2013
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.
Monday, December 9 2013
One major theme of this album seems to be "Meet my new band", yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse.
Monday, December 2 2013
It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
It’s a party, it’s a party song, its purpose is to maintain the impression that Prince’s new band can put on one hell of a show.