Brice Ezell has written for PopMatters since 2011. He loves to write about music of any kind, literature, film, television, and philosophy. Progressive rock and metal are his primary interests, though there’s little in the music world he doesn’t like to engage with. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Hidden Track. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you’re so inclined. You can also contact him through email. He is a resident of the greater Portland, OR, area.
Monday, July 15 2013
PopMatters talks with Arthur Ashin, the man behind the Autre Ne Veut name, about making one of the year's best albums in the avant-R&B masterpiece Anxiety, along with the trends in R&B and contemporary pop that have influenced his diverse sound.
Monday, July 8 2013
PopMatters talks with lead screamer George Clarke of Deafheaven about his band's creative process, his writing influences, and the simultaneous allure and darkness of the pursuit of wealth in the Bay Area.
Wednesday, May 22 2013
Having established himself at the forefront of global progressive music, Steven Wilson won't rest on the success of Porcupine Tree if sonic borders remain to be breached. But first he has to find a way to signal past the noise, in a world where too many choices often send listeners screaming for the exits.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
Matthew Cooper of Eluvium talks to PopMatters about the creative process, taking the leap into the world of the double album, and following up the most daring album of his career.
Wednesday, October 31 2012
TV shows come and go, but sometimes looking back on the programs that networks have axed can reveal some real gems. The 2006-2007 TV season on NBC had three such programs: one an over-hyped Aaron Sorkin vehicle, another an underappreciated hostage drama, and another a misunderstood examination at the lives of young mobsters.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.
Sunday, October 20 2013
PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.
Wednesday, September 4 2013
PopMatters speaks with Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez about working with Nicolas Winding Refn, writing music for bloody movies, and finding success in film music.
Thursday, August 8 2013
No matter how classically trained (John Williams) or pop-minded (Hans Zimmer) a composer might be, the skill set required for making great movie music is unlike any other form of composition.
Wednesday, June 5 2013
The Newsroom isn’t just Sorkin’s follow-up to the hyped-then-failed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; it’s his argument that the current generation has almost irrevocably maligned public discourse, and as a result America needs a savior. Enter: Will McAvoy.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Far from "bowing their heads and leaving out the back", the Los Angeles-based post-hardcore/screamo outfit Touché Amoré is doubling down on its clean guitar/screamed vocal contrast, and successfully so, at that.
Thursday, November 21 2013
Forever Becoming is an apt title for the Chicago-based post-metal outfit Pelican, who despite significant name recognition and years of experience is still struggling to come to its own.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
Those who love Jon Hopkins’ stellar 2013 release Immunity will find a lot to love in his work for the film How I Live Now, which brings together spare piano chords with textural ambient and noise backgrounds to a Malick-esque effect.
Monday, November 4 2013
British folk songwriter and guitarist Matt Elliott has made a name for himself in writing the music most macabre, but with Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart he sounds... optimistic. Well, as conceivably close to optimistic as anyone with his MO could be.
Monday, October 21 2013
Russian Circles' fifth studio album, Memorial, is the first landmark post-metal release since Isis' Panopticon, the band's greatest achievement, and unquestioningly one of 2013's true artistic masterpieces.
Monday, October 21 2013
The German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue has kindly offered PopMatters the premiere of the fourth video from their Tales of Transit City LP, "Dream On."
Friday, September 20 2013
PopMatters offers an exclusive look at an interview with film scorer Christopher Lennertz, the composer behind Stuart Blumberg’s dramedy Thanks for Sharing.
Monday, August 19 2013
PopMatters is proud to premiere the new music video from the soundtrack to Destin Cretton’s film Short Term 12, “Brushbloom Glow". Composer Joel P West is in top form, interweaving strings and piano into a gorgeous romantic pop gem.
Wednesday, July 24 2013
PopMatters has an exclusive look at the new music video from LA dark synth-pop band Night Club's EP Love Casualty, "Poisonous".
Thursday, July 11 2013
Ten years have passed since the death of Warren Zevon, undoubtedly the most underrated of the great American songwriters. With his acerbic, graceful, and macabre wit still lingering long after his death, PopMatters looks back on his most lasting lyrical contributions.