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Michael Franco

Michael Franco is a Professor of English at Oklahoma City Community College, where he teaches composition and humanities. An alumnus of his workplace, he also attended the University of Central Oklahoma, earning both a B.A. and M.A. in English. Franco has been writing for PopMatters since 2004 and has also served as an Associate Editor since 2007. He considers himself lucky to be able to experience what he teaches, writing and the humanities, firsthand through his work at PopMatters, and his experiences as a writer help him teach his students to become better writers themselves.


Features

Monday, February 17 2014

"A Matter of Balance": An Interview with Phantogram

Josh Carter may be one half of the noted electronic group Phantogram, but in a few short years, the group has gone from Barsuk signees to major label heroes. Carter walks PopMatters through the creation of their excellent new record Voices.


Sunday, October 13 2013

"I Just Let Things Happen": A Conversation with Yoko Ono

Though she turned 80 this year, Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. As her conversation with PopMatters reveals, her career continues to explore new territory -- and defy all expectations.


Sunday, July 7 2013

"Kind of Serendipity, I Think": An Interview with Jody Stephens of Big Star

Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...


Wednesday, November 7 2012

“You Leave Having Traveled a Distance”: An Interview with Tift Merritt

One of the artists who made alt-country cool opens up about the journeys she traveled on her new record, Traveling Alone.


Monday, November 5 2012

"We're Kind of Fired Up": An Interview with Ann Wilson of Heart

As Heart marks a pivotal year in their long and storied career, Ann Wilson reflects on their history, their music, and why the band confidently pushes forward in an ever-changing music business.


Reviews

Sunday, February 24 2013

Johnny Marr: The Messenger

A quarter century after the demise of the Smiths, Johnny Marr finally steps out into the limelight, front and center.


Monday, July 23 2012

The Gaslight Anthem: Handwritten

“I can’t move on and I can’t stay the same,” Fallon sings in “45”. That may be the most truthful revelation to be found in all of Handwritten.


Thursday, April 26 2012

Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

When Billy Bragg and Wilco undertook the Mermaid Avenue project, they simply wanted to lead people back to the music of Woody Guthrie. What they actually achieved was so much more.


Tuesday, March 13 2012

Delta Spirit: Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit have explored new territory with each album, but with the exit of their former guitarist and the entrance of a new one, they go to completely foreign places.


Tuesday, October 25 2011

Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

Chris Isaak makes a pilgrimage to Sun Studio to record the songs of his heroes. The music-loving world smiles.


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