Andy Johnson began writing about music in earnest in 2008, when he became a staff writer for the UK alternative music site The Line of Best Fit and has written for PopMatters since 2010. He runs two blogs - one called Wordcore which links to new reviews, features, and blogs and one which seeks to cover every song recorded by Manic Street Preachers in chronological order. He has been also known to tweet.
Tuesday, June 5 2012
In 1972, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" took ambitious prog rock to the top of the charts. Forty years on, frontman Ian Anderson means to do it all over again and discusses his plans with PopMatters.
Sunday, November 6 2011
Not everyone follows up their acclaimed singer-songwriter albums with a disc of children's music, but few children's albums are as mature, upbeat, or dark (trust us), as Laura Veirs latest, which she tells PopMatters all about ...
Tuesday, August 2 2011
She's toured with Jeff Beck, been spearheading a fantastic rockabilly revival, and has even been the recipient of some Presidential M&M's. This is the world of Imelda May, and she tells us all about it ...
Tuesday, April 12 2011
With convention season in the US rapidly becoming a yearlong calendar event, the London Comics Small Press Expo still makes those small, personal connections between reader, newbie creator, and established pro.
Tuesday, September 14 2010
Far from enforcing sexually exploitative stereotypes in the female action hero genre, Bloody Mary and sequel Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty simply explodes them.
Sunday, October 27 2013
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun has been in the music business for ten years, and Songs is a fine selection from her work so far.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
Now veterans releasing their seventh album, Portland's Blitzen Trapper lose their way somewhat in attempting to update their sound.
Monday, June 3 2013
New York pop duo Savoir Adore return with an album that is rich with pop gems, but far outstays its welcome at almost 60 minutes.
Wednesday, May 8 2013
Releasing a third album at the tender age of 22, Alessi Laurent-Marke is still a precocious talent. But in a crowded field, these songs will not be memorable enough.
Monday, April 1 2013
The long-awaited debut from London pop group Theme Park makes no grand statements, but it is so much fun that no one will mind.
Wednesday, September 18 2013
Manic Street Preachers are in the midst of promoting their 11th LP Rewind the Film. To celebrate, PopMatters explores the top 20 of a special fan poll of the most popular Manics songs.
Wednesday, November 14 2012
Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral is one of the most grueling albums of the '90s and represents a creative high and personal low that Trent Reznor has never matched. In Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible, however, the album has a dark twin which matches its irresistible horror blow for blow.
Monday, October 10 2011
Tuesday, February 8 2011
When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at Oxford University recently, he was interesting and unafraid to criticise, but being such a high-profile figure, did not entirely escape criticism himself.
Monday, January 24 2011
Will the dying UK music print zines drag the indomitable 2000 AD with them? The fates of the two very separate institutions maybe be entwined to a degree not yet expected.