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.
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.
Sunday, June 30 2013
These explorations of the African-American presence in country music are welcome at a time when country music is treated, by insiders and outsiders, as a purely white genre, and exceptions to that are treated as aberrations, gimmicks or novelty songs.
Tuesday, August 12 2014
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
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
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
The opening song feels like a traditional folk song, but not; an impression that carries through the album.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
White Hinterland's whole existence seems to be balancing conflicting interests: to be abstract/direct, about feelings/ideas, of genre/not tied to any genre.
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.