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 // 535 Articles
Blogs // 20 Articles
//Features

The Best Indie Pop of 2016 | 7 Dec 2016 // 8:00 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 // 8:00 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 // 8:30 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 // 8:30 PM

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

//Reviews

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service | 20 Nov 2016 // 8:25 PM

This is A Tribe Called Quest’s most political album, but those politics flow naturally from everything the group has given us throughout its existence.

Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price | 30 Oct 2016 // 8:10 PM

You already know what this album sounds like. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

//Blogs

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Live 4 Love" | 6 Jan 2014 // 6:30 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 // 3:00 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

Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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