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.
Still "Outside the Accepted Framework": An Interview with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson | 5 Jun 2012 // 6:00 PM
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.
Not The Beginning of the End: An Interview With Laura Veirs | 6 Nov 2011 // 3:00 PM
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 ...
Ane Brun: Songs 2003 - 2013 | 27 Oct 2013 // 9:03 PM
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.
Blitzen Trapper: VII | 1 Oct 2013 // 10:04 PM
Now veterans releasing their seventh album, Portland's Blitzen Trapper lose their way somewhat in attempting to update their sound.
We Love Them: The Top 20 Manic Street Preachers Songs As Voted By Fans | 18 Sep 2013 // 4:46 AM
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.
Five Dark Parallels Between NIN's 'The Downward Spiral' and the Manics' 'The Holy Bible' | 14 Nov 2012 // 12:02 AM
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.