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Sunday, January 12 2014

Now Hear This!: Hard Working Americans - 'Hard Working Americans' (album premiere)

PopMatters premieres the self-titled debut by Hard Working Americans, the new full-band project spearheaded by singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

Wednesday, November 20 2013

"A Keyhole View of Our Goofy World": Kristin Hersh on 'Purgatory / Paradise'

Expecting the unexpected has always been a good way to go about experiencing Throwing Muses' music. But if there's a constant to the beloved band and its leader Kristin Hersh, it's that she follows her own, well, muse, as she explains in an interview with PopMatters.

Tuesday, October 1 2013

Wild Child - 'The Runaround' (album premiere)

PopMatters premieres The Runaround, the second album by up-and-coming Austin band Wild Child.

Monday, September 23 2013

The Best Ever Nirvana Recording 'In Utero' Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

In Utero has always been thought of in the context of conflict, so it's only appropriate that Nirvana would mark its 20th anniversary by reviving the debate over what the album was supposed to sound like versus what it turned out to be.

Monday, August 19 2013

Now Hear This!: Capsula - 'Solar Secrets' (album premiere)

PopMatters premieres Solar Secrets, the latest album by Buenos Aires-bred, Bilbao-based rock outfit Capsula.


Sunday, March 23 2014

The Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams

While the Hold Steady's catalog has consisted of detailed character sketches and scenarios extolling the virtues of indulging the devil whispering in your ear, Teeth Dreams deals with the demons left in the wake.

Monday, January 6 2014

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Wig Out at Jagbags

Parsing Stephen Malkmus' lyrics has been an indie pastime for going on close to a quarter century, so can it be any surprise that Wig Out at Jagbags serves up its fair share of lines that beg for reading too much into?

Wednesday, November 13 2013

Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

With just enough self-consciousness to shape her stream-of-consciousness songs, it's when indie eccentric Courtney Barnett gets caught up in her own head that her music gets stuck in yours.

Sunday, November 3 2013

M.I.A.: Matangi

The most telling line on Matangi is when M.I.A. boasts, "If you're gonna be me, you need a manifesto," because it's ironic that she's not really able to articulate a statement of purpose for herself on her latest album.

Wednesday, October 16 2013

Anna Calvi: One Breath

What makes One Breath a captivating and compelling listen is Anna Calvi's knack for conveying multiple, even competing, tones at the same time.

Glasser: Interiors [15.Oct.13]
Polvo: Siberia [9.Oct.13]
Ty Segall: Sleeper [18.Aug.13]
Austra: Olympia [20.Jun.13]
Mikal Cronin: MCII [19.May.13]
Yo La Tengo: Fade [13.Jan.13]
Clinic: Free Reign [13.Nov.12]
Taylor Swift: Red [30.Oct.12]
The xx: Coexist [10.Sep.12]
Cults: Cults [7.Jun.11]
Yuck: Yuck [24.Feb.11]
Tennis: Cape Dory [17.Jan.11]
Abe Vigoda: Crush [18.Nov.10]
Delorean: Subiza [5.Jul.10]
Jeremy Jay: Splash [25.May.10]


Wednesday, August 28 2013

Make a New Cult Everyday: The 10 Best Belle and Sebastian Non-Album Songs

It's hard to think of any current band that's gotten as much mileage out of non-album releases as Belle and Sebastian has.

Thursday, February 28 2013

The History of Colour TV - "Let's Get Sick" (Video) (PopMatters Premiere)

On "Let's Get Sick", young German shoegazers the History of Colour TV show they have a way with conjuring up trippy soundscapes.

Wednesday, February 20 2013

Ace Reporter - "Stick To" (MP3) (PopMatters Premiere)

"Stick To" offers a good sampling of Ace Reporter's sound, which recalls the moody drive of the National, just a little more immediate in its scale.

Friday, February 15 2013

Panda Riot - "Amanda in the Clouds" (MP3) (PopMatters Premiere)

There’s no reason to wait another two decades for the next My Bloody Valentine opus to get a satisfying fix of shoegazing harmonies, not after you give up-and-comers Panda Riot a listen.

Wednesday, January 16 2013

Popular Songs: 15 (or So) Essential Yo La Tengo Tracks

To coincide with the release of Yo La Tengo's 13th LP Fade this week, Sound Affects compiles the essential tracks by the unlikely last band standing from indie rock's '90s golden era.

Tender Trap - "Girls with Guns" (video) (Mixed Media) [28.May.10]
Divas Discover Indie Rock! (streams) (Mixed Media) [21.May.10]
M.I.A. - "XXXO" single (stream) (Mixed Media) [13.May.10]
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