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 // 32 Articles
Columns // 26 Articles
Reviews // 533 Articles
Blogs // 20 Articles
//Features

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.

The Best Indie Pop of 2014 | 2 Dec 2014 // 9:20 PM

It's hard to see how any lover of indie pop could find the field of choices lacking in 2014, a year when the top ten albums are just the tip of the iceberg.

//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

Ngaiire: Blastoma | 24 Aug 2016 // 9:10 PM

Blastoma exemplifies the many ways music helps us explain unspeakable feelings, through a combination of words, sounds, moods and melodies that work on each other, through each other and around each other.

Dierks Bentley: Black | 1 Aug 2016 // 9:10 PM

There’s a fog hanging over Dierks Bentley’s ninth album Black. A strategic fog, perhaps.

//Blogs

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.

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Insatiable" | 16 Dec 2013 // 4:00 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

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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