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Corey Beasley
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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 and makes a big show out of missing the South. You can contact him at coreylaynebeasley_at_gmail_dotcom.


Features

Monday, October 13 2014

The Afterparty: An Interview with Bloc Party's Kele

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

Smaller Moments: An Interview with Wild Cub

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

No Big Hair: An Interview with Speedy Ortiz

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

A Knife in the Sun: An Interview with Xiu Xiu

After over a decade of crafting his visceral avant-pop sound, Xiu Xiu shows no signs of slowing down,


Monday, December 2 2013

The Best Indie Rock of 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.


Columns

Wednesday, December 12 2012

The Indie Rock Trends of 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

Pussy Riot, Paul Ryan, and Protest Music in 2012 America

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

Those People's Lists: On Pitchfork's Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

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 and Female Celebrity

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

Kraftwerk and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Crash the High Art Party

What happens when the world of rock music collides with the world of the fine arts?


Reviews

Thursday, October 30 2014

Taylor Swift: 1989

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: LP1

FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.


Sunday, July 27 2014

Braid: No Coast

Late-'90s emo heroes Braid return with their first record in almost two decades.


Thursday, March 6 2014

Wild Beasts: Present Tense

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

CMJ Music Marathon 2013: 19 October 2013 - New York

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.


Vondelpark: Seabed [23.May.13]
Xiu Xiu: Always [7.Mar.12]
Girl Talk: All Day [17.Nov.10]
Coil Sea: Coil Sea [25.Aug.10]

Blogs

Tuesday, November 19 2013

Wry Climate - "Fire Escape Games" (MP3) (Premiere)

New York shoegazers Wry Climate premiere new track "Fire Escape Games" on PopMatters.


Friday, October 4 2013

Waxahatchee + Screaming Females + Tenement: 16 September 2013 - New York

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

A Festival, a Parade: The National's Best Lyrics

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: 29 September 2012 - Washington, D.C.

Grimes brings a newly perfected live set to a thrilled crowd in DC.


Thursday, October 18 2012

Twin Shadow: 24 September 2012 - Washington D.C.

Twin Shadow brings lovely, thick swaths of melodrama to the stage in DC.


Bloc Party: 17 September 2012 - Washington, D.C. (Notes from the Road) [8.Oct.12]
Thrill Jockey's 20th Anniversary in Baltimore (Notes from the Road) [26.Sep.12]
Japandroids: 30 June 2012 - Washington, D.C. (Notes from the Road) [19.Jul.12]
Chairlift: 21 April 2012 - Washington, D.C. (Notes from the Road) [3.May.12]
1, 2, 3, Go: The 10 Best Fugazi Songs (Sound Affects) [22.Nov.11]
Still Ill: The Best 13 Songs by the Smiths (Sound Affects) [30.Jun.11]
A Rare Beast: Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 (Notes from the Road) [18.Apr.11]
A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Shit Luck" (Sound Affects) [31.Jan.11]
A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Out of Gas" (Sound Affects) [17.Jan.11]

News

Tuesday, April 24 2012

Sweetgreen's Sweetlife Food & Music Festival 2012 on Saturday

Sweetlife has its eye on the future of summer festival culture.


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