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Jonathan Sanders
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Jonathan Sanders writes from Tell City, Indiana, where he lives with his wife Aimee. A 2008 graduate of Ball State’s Journalism school with degrees in Magazine Writing / Design and History, Sanders has written extensively for Stereo Subversion, among other online publications. He currently edits “Hear! Hear!”, a pop-music centered online blog, and writes for PopMatters and Pajamas Media. He has a voracious appetite for new music, and bristles at the thought that some still believe good music died with [insert band name here.]


Features

Monday, October 7 2013

"Nothing Recalibrates Your Brain Like Life": An Interview with the Dodos

A new album freshly minted and already back at work on more material, Meric Long of the Dodos simply can't rest on his laurels. Instead, he sits down with PopMatters to break down his entire process, illuminating why his band is at the forefront of creative indie music.


Monday, August 12 2013

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer: Gale Boetticher As Alternate-Universe Walt

Few characters in the history of television have arrived as fully and oddly formed as Gale Boetticher did during Breaking Bad's Third Season.


Tuesday, May 7 2013

"A Sense of Grandeur Is in My DNA": An Interview with Lighthouse & the Whaler

Wrapping folky strums around buoyant pop hooks, the Lighthouse & the Whaler are quickly picking up steam and gaining notice. In this in-depth discussion with PopMatters, frontman Michael LoPresti discusses the art of the album, the state of the industry, and the love-it-or-hate-it nature of their live shows.


Thursday, April 18 2013

Every Mile of the Ride: An Interview with Lindi Oretga

A country traditionalist that stands out with own unique brand of slow-burn ballads, critical favorite Ortega discusses her new album, touching on the secret Nashville scene of alt-country up-and-comers, and why Social Distortion's fans prove genre differences aren't as vital as we're led to believe.


Monday, February 18 2013

The Substance and the Light: An Interview with Mike Doughty

In this sprawling, revealing interview with former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, PopMatters learns from the alt-hero-turned-troubadour what makes a good cover song, how it's like growing up in a bipolar household, and the details of the collapse of the music industry straight from the inside of it.


Reviews

Tuesday, July 16 2013

Barenaked Ladies + Ben Folds Five + Guster: 6 July 2013 - Cincinnati, OH

Having successfully found the space they so avidly looked for, Ben Folds Five are back to show us you really can go home again. Their live set seamlessly blends classics with their new songs, showing there's plenty more hit material to mine with this threesome.


Sunday, January 22 2012

Azita: Disturbing the Air

Though she is unlikely to ever fully relinquish her “acquired taste” label, let’s be honest: none of Azita's dedicated listeners truly want her to.


Wednesday, January 11 2012

Supreme Dicks: Breathing and Not Breathing

As much as we want to think every underground band in the 1990s was producing quality just because no one was listening, the truth is sometimes underground bands are unknown for a reason. This is the kind of alternative music indie snobs drool over.


Monday, January 9 2012

Scotty McCreery: Clear As Day

You can throw money at a project in the hope of receiving short term notice, but once a singer like McCreery steps off the Idol reservation, giving him material this weak leaves him to swim with the sharks while having no real talent to defend himself with.


Tuesday, December 13 2011

Will Currie and the Country French: Awake, You Sleepers!

These songs show a distinct vision for what pop can become, a far-reaching panorama of music aimed at adults who have discerning musical palates and are willing to support a band for daring to aim high. Awake, You Sleepers! is a winning combination of daring and verve.


Blogs

Friday, August 30 2013

FRAME-BY-FRAME: Breaking Bad S05E10/11 - “Buried / Confessions”

In a final season where the ultimate end-game is up for grabs, every character's motivations are up for dissection. Whether anyone can have the ending he seeks, however, remains the ultimate question.


Tuesday, August 13 2013

Frame-By-Frame: Breaking Bad S5E9 - Blood Money

I've been saying it for years and tonight it held true: Introduce a DEA brother-in-law during season one and eventually you'll get a big boom. In "Blood Money", Dean Norris proves he's easily Bryan Cranston's acting equal.


Tuesday, July 16 2013

20 Questions: Sonen

Atlanta's great electro-pop hope, Sonen hits the ground running with their debut full-length Inside The Sun, finally capturing the excitement of their live shows. They also have plenty to say in our latest 20 Questions segment, which is best enjoyed with the premiere of their new music video to boot!


Tuesday, July 9 2013

20 Questions: Imaginary Cities

Oh Canada, where pop music bears the most fruit! Rusty Matyas, of Winnipeg's own Imaginary Cities, turns his attention from the band's stunning sophomore effort Fall of Romance to play a game of 20 Questions in which we're all winners.


Monday, June 17 2013

20 Questions: Nico Vega

It's taken four years but Nico Vega stands poised to revive all things rock with its long-awaited sophomore album Lead to Light later this year. Until you get the chance to hear those songs, however, there's always PopMatters' "20 Questions" series to have your back.


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