Thursday, September 29 2011
Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.
Wednesday, June 8 2011
Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.
Wednesday, November 4 2009
Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
From neo post-punk upstarts to full-blown avant garde rockers, These New Puritans have come a long way in three albums' time.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
The female trio's new album is equal parts inviting and distanced.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
The Canadian group aims big for its sophomore full-length.
Monday, May 27 2013
The Motown revivalists find themselves up contending with a standard sophomore struggle: a bigger recording budget.
Tuesday, May 14 2013
R.E.M.'s major label debut found the group confronting the realization that it was becoming kind of a big deal, and the impulses to either carry on like normal or address the situation head-on proved to be equally enticing.
Thursday, June 26 2014
For the first time since 1998, Australia's most recognizable music festival will not be on the schedule. In what appears to be an ever-expanding live music calendar, competition for headliners, audiences, and cash is only becoming fiercer and fiercer.
Tuesday, June 24 2014
The rock icon gives the public its first listen of his new "trance meets Zep" album.
Thursday, June 19 2014
The press is buzzing about YouTube's threat that it will remove content by labels that do not agree to the terms of its forthcoming subscription-based service. Is this good for YouTube?
Thursday, April 24 2014
Damon Albarn's got a new album arriving in a few days, and his band's most popular album commemorates its 20th birthday. What better time to pay tribute to the period when Blur put the "pop" in Britpop?
Wednesday, April 9 2014
Simultaneously invoking the age of the pharaohs and propagating hip-hop futurism, the Egyptian Lover was a stalwart of the West Coast pre-gangsta scene.