Russ is constantly striving to hear something a bit different. This has resulted in his current obsession with music from South America (he is the editor of Sounds and Colours, a magazine about South American music and culture) and his quest to find the best indie and pop music out there. He writes regularly for PopMatters, as well as Drowned In Sound and a number of other publications.
Wednesday, November 3 2010
Paddy McAloon, the mercurial front-man for Prefab Sprout is British Pop's greatest secret. PopMatters catches up with Paddy to find out what the new album is all about, and why he decided to step out of the limelight ...
Thursday, July 7 2011
Red Hot + Rio 2 is a new compilation featuring Beck, Seu Jorge, Beirut and David Byrne performing songs inspired by tropicalia, a unique style of pop music from 1960s Brazil.
Wednesday, May 25 2011
Afrodiaspora is a journey through the African diaspora of Latin America featuring unlikely journeys into Puerto Rican hip-hop and New Orleans funk.
Thursday, March 10 2011
The fourth volume of Tompkins Square's excellent Imaginational Anthems series shines the light on some of the brighest folk guitarists in the UK and US.
Tuesday, February 8 2011
As rock 'n' roll fever took over the US and UK, musicians in Peru were busy developing their own style. Latin rhythms, stinging guitars, and Amazonian attitude are the lasting thrills of this collection of songs recorded by Ranil y su Conjunto in the 1970s.
Wednesday, December 8 2010
Dream-pop duo Azure Ray releases its first recording in six years.
Monday, October 3 2011
Vincent Moon and Warp Films launch Kickstarter campaign for new ATP Festival Short Film Project.
Monday, August 8 2011
Thursday, May 19 2011
With the release of Deerhoof vs Evil, Deerhoof continues on its merry way, making music that is gloriously idiosyncratic and accessible. Guitarist John Dieterich talks about the new album, his musical frustrations, and a love for Brazilian music.
Monday, September 13 2010
After a recent diversion with the Piratas de Sudamerica EP El Guincho prepares to follow up his debut Alegranza with Pop Negro, releasing on September 14th but available now as a live stream.