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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.


Reviews

Sunday, March 22 2015

Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Even though Courtney Barnett has tightened and punched up her sound, her songwriting still gets stuck in your head because she gets lost in her own imagination.


Sunday, March 15 2015

Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves

On Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse often come off like strangers to themselves.


Tuesday, February 10 2015

Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass is technically a self-titled singer-songwriter debut. It's just that it doesn't sound like any of those things.


Sunday, January 18 2015

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Contrary to their twee reputation, Belle and Sebastian prove they don't shy away from taking risks with a techno-pop heavy new album.


Tuesday, December 16 2014

Unwound: No Energy

The No Energy boxset provides a valuable opportunity to place the unsung Unwound in a proper context, both offering nostalgia-tinged appreciation of a band at the height of its powers, as well as putting the music of the '90s Kill Rock Stars stalwarts in a new light.


Ex Hex: Rips [9.Oct.14]
M.I.A.: Matangi [3.Nov.13]
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]

Blogs

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Sleater-Kinney - "Bury Our Friends" (video)

What Sleater-Kinney reunion? "Bury Our Friends" makes you think the pathbreaking trio never went on hiatus in the first place.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

Sallie Ford - 'Slap Back' (album stream) (Premiere)

On the boisterous Slap Back, the first full-length under her own name, Sallie Ford hopscotches between folk, blues, psychedelia, and punk intuitively and convincingly.


Monday, September 29 2014

Hamish Kilgour - "Smile" + David Kilgour - "Lose Myself in Sound" (videos) (Premieres)

This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

Mecca Normal - "Between Livermore & Tracy" (video and Q&A) (Premiere)

PopMatters caught up with Mecca Normal's Jean Smith on the Vancouver duo's upcoming album Empathy for the Evil. The video for album track "Between Livermore & Tracy" premieres here.


Tuesday, July 8 2014

Lightfoils - 'Hierarchy' (album stream) (Premiere)

There's nothing lightweight about neo-shoegazers Lightfoils on their new album, Hierarchy.


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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