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Sunday, April 24 2011

Another Shade of J: An Interview with J Mascis

With Another Shade of Why, the famed Dinosaur Jr. guitarist makes his most Dinosaur Jr.-sounding solo disc to date, and sits down with PopMatters to discuss vocal exercises, "English folky bands", and his tips for those just about to try skiing ...

Thursday, February 17 2011

By Whatever Means Necessary: Brendan Benson Goes Undercover

The songwriter talks pseudonyms, the status of the Raconteurs and maybe not needing to write a song about your first child right away.

Thursday, November 18 2010

One Thing You Can't Hide: The Softer Side of John Lennon

John Lennon the rebel. John Lennon the activist. John Lennon the dreamer. John Lennon... the Lite Rock God? You bet.

Thursday, November 4 2010

Positive Armor: KT Tunstall Returns, Suited Up for Tour

KT Tunstall is back with album number three, its title inspired by a dream, Where the Wild Things Are, and discusses why she thought it would be a cool idea to dress up like a dead rock star on Halloween this year ...


Thursday, February 24 2011

Cage the Elephant: Thank You, Happy Birthday

Squirmy Kentucky boys get wild on their second album, which, while far from perfect, wipes the floor with their retrospectively weak-sounding debut.

Wednesday, February 16 2011

Tyvek: Nothing Fits

Detroit garage-punk trio tears it up on sophomore album, leaving little in its wake, but not quite standing out from today's indie rock wallpaper.

Sunday, January 30 2011

The Dirtbombs: Party Store

Tightly wound sort-of-a-cover-band the Dirtbombs destroy the floodgates for a career best – and four weeks in, make a case for 2011's top album.

Wednesday, January 26 2011

Modern Skirts: Gramahawk

Third album by Athens indie outfit resists the "experimental third" tag, with the arty and pop influences meeting in the middle.

Monday, January 24 2011

I Was a King: Old Friends

On the follow up to its overlooked 2009 album, I Was a King decide to put off ruling in favor of whipping up competent but lazy ear candy.

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