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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, 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

Now Hear This!: The Caribbean - 'Moon Sickness' (album premiere)

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

Wednesday, December 4 2013

The Best Indie-Pop of 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

The Best Indie-Pop of 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

The Best Indie-Pop of 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

High Flying: Pop Goes Country

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

Is the Sadness Gone from Country Music?

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

David Dondero: A Poet of Vehicles

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

On Country Music Outsiders... and Fakers

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

The Beautification of Country Stars

You can call 2013 the year that country-music album covers looked like advertisements torn from fashion and lifestyle magazines.

Sunday, October 13 2013

Getting Gone: David Cantwell's Take on the Iconic Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard's restlessness breaks him out of one prison and sends him towards another.


Thursday, August 21 2014

Literature: Chorus

This is a huge step forward for the band, while preserving all of the most attractive qualities of the debut.

Tuesday, August 12 2014

Bear in Heaven: Time Is Over One Day Old

On Time Is Over One Day Old, there’s always something missing, a mystery hanging in the air, yet it’s the band’s most satisfying album yet.

Wednesday, August 6 2014

The Rosebuds: Sand + Silence

On their sixth LP, the Rosebuds have fine-tuned that balance of intimacy/art, not by lessening either but by heightening both.

Sunday, July 13 2014

Landlady: Upright Behavior

The way Landlady can explode with joy and strangeness puts them on some sort of a pedestal, right from their debut.

Thursday, July 10 2014

Ela Stiles: Ela Stiles

The opening song feels like a traditional folk song, but not; an impression that carries through the album.

Keith Urban: Fuse [24.Oct.13]
Lambchop: Mr. M [22.Feb.12]
YACHT: Shangri-La [30.Jun.11]
Masta Killa: Live [20.Apr.10]
Phish: At the Roxy [24.Feb.09]
Trace Adkins: X [23.Nov.08]
Jean Grae: Jeanius [31.Jul.08]
Mahjongg: Kontpab [17.Mar.08]
Hey Willpower: PDA [21.Jan.08]
Voxtrot: Voxtrot [22.May.07]
Eluvium: Copia [27.Mar.07]
Pipas: Sorry Love [18.Dec.06]
M. Ward: Post-War [15.Aug.06]
Filastine: Burn It [11.May.06]
Beck: Guero [28.Mar.05]
Pole: self-titled [28.Aug.03]
Akrobatik: Balance [19.May.03]
Cali Comm Tour [12.Nov.01]
Fugu: Fugu 1 [3.Sep.01]
R.E.M.: Reveal [14.May.01]
Tipsy: Uh-Oh! [5.Mar.01]
Luna: Live [12.Feb.01]
Versus: Hurrah [2.Oct.00]
The Allies: D-Day [19.Jun.00]
Gauge: I [17.Apr.00]
Sarge: Distant [31.Dec.94]
Snailhouse: Fine [31.Dec.94]


Monday, January 6 2014

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Live 4 Love"

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

Monday, December 16 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Insatiable"

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

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Push"

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

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"

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

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Jughead”

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.

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