Corey Beasley is a staff writer at PopMatters and Cokemachineglow. He graduated from George Mason University with an MFA in Creative Writing in 2011. He lives in Brooklyn. You can contact him at coreylaynebeasley_at_gmail_dotcom, but he will only read your promo email if you open by naming your favorite Fugazi song (it can’t be “Waiting Room”).
Monday, October 13 2014
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke talks his new solo album, Trick, and explains how the album pushed him to make music in an entirely fresh way.
Sunday, April 6 2014
Composer and Wild Cub frontman Keegan DeWitt talks the differences between pop songcraft and film scoring, what it means to grow up, and how life's smaller moments always last longer than the big ones.
Monday, March 3 2014
Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis talks her band's new EP, the blog hype bottleneck, why Boston treats its bands right, and nerding out about music with Stephen Malkmus.
Tuesday, February 4 2014
After over a decade of crafting his visceral avant-pop sound, Xiu Xiu shows no signs of slowing down,
Monday, December 2 2013
It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
This year saw a number of interesting developments in the indie rock world, all reflective of the genre's ever-expanding palate.
Sunday, September 16 2012
With a high-stakes presidential election around the corner, many people have wondered what's happened to protest music in America. From Pussy Riot to Paul Ryan, taking stock might not be as simple as it was a few decades ago.
Wednesday, August 22 2012
On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.
Wednesday, July 11 2012
Grimes's Claire Boucher is the indie heroine of the year, which makes it all the more interesting that she's using her newfound celebrity to subtly challenge what we expect of women in the entertainment industry.
Monday, May 21 2012
What happens when the world of rock music collides with the world of the fine arts?
Thursday, October 30 2014
A 40-foot Taylor Swift stomps through Manhattan in chelsea boots and a pencil skirt, bodegas and halal carts crumbling under her heels, waving one enormous pinky finger to Jay and Beyoncé as they cower in their Tribeca penthouse.
Wednesday, August 13 2014
FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.
Sunday, July 27 2014
Late-'90s emo heroes Braid return with their first record in almost two decades.
Thursday, March 6 2014
Wild Beasts pushes its sound further away from the high-wire theatrics of its early records to create another indispensable album in a catalog quickly becoming one of rock's most distinctive.
Thursday, November 21 2013
Each new artist that treks to New York to play a few sets over four or five days does so to gain exposure, to use CMJ as a launching pad toward a wider audience. They’re trying, and trying isn’t cool.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
New York shoegazers Wry Climate premiere new track "Fire Escape Games" on PopMatters.
Friday, October 4 2013
On a joint tour, Waxahatchee and Screaming Females prove why they're two of the best rock acts in the world right now.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
To celebrate the National's new record, Trouble Will Find Me, we count down frontman Matt Berninger's best lyrics.
Monday, October 29 2012
Grimes brings a newly perfected live set to a thrilled crowd in DC.
Thursday, October 18 2012
Twin Shadow brings lovely, thick swaths of melodrama to the stage in DC.
Tuesday, April 24 2012
Sweetlife has its eye on the future of summer festival culture.