Evan Sawdey
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PopMatters Interviews Editor

Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He is the co-founder and host of The Chartographers, a podcast for pop music nerds, and has hosted PopTalk for PopMatters. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.

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Blogs // 173 Articles

Assessing Their Performance: The Burnside Project Legacy | 26 Aug 2016 // 3:13 AM

Burnside Project had audience members screaming their quirky electropop lyrics back at them one moment and shrugging the next. Here, Burnside Project's rise and fall is documented, culminating in a free download of their unreleased private masterpiece.

Capable of Anything: An Interview with Ben Folds | 3 Jun 2016 // 3:27 AM

"I think most of the gold was mined out of [rock music] probably in the '60s -- and then I think since then you're just mining for dust now."


The 24-hour News Cycle Rhetoric Yields to Something Far More Human in 'The Promise: President Obama' | 17 Oct 2010 // 5:00 PM

This book works because it doesn't skimp on details: the reason behind every major Obama Year One decision is explained, and the result is fascinating. If only Alter toned down the declarative statements...


Lady Gaga: Joanne | 21 Oct 2016 // 3:25 AM

Even with all her extracurricular endeavors paying off cultural dividends, Gaga's greatest achievement is yet to come, and Joanne, flaws and all, feels like the necessary step to get there.

Phantogram: Three | 6 Oct 2016 // 2:50 AM

Phantogram's third (and best effort) hides a lot of sadness behind that swagger, and that tension helps define their most scintillating set yet.


20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata | 27 Sep 2016 // 5:32 AM

After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

Andre Cymone - "Hallelujah" (premiere) | 23 Sep 2016 // 5:00 AM

Prince's childhood friend and bassist came back with socially-conscious rock in 2014, but with his new EP, addresses America's race issues head-on.

//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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