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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


Tuesday, October 9 2012

Just Stay Alive: An Interview With John Darnielle of Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, named by several as one of the greatest contemporary songwriters, reveals what happens behind the scenes for the new release Transcendental Youth, among many other topics.

Wednesday, August 1 2012

Turning Black Tables: An Interview with Other Lives

The buzzed about Other Lives are somewhat Americana, somewhat space-bound, and all sorts of acclaimed. Sitting down with PopMatters, Jesse Tabish opens up about songwriting, incessant touring, and new-found fame.


Sunday, August 4 2013

Apricot Rail: Quarrels

After a four-year absence, Apricot Rail have returned with Quarrels, a satisfying second effort.

Thursday, July 25 2013

Escondido: The Ghost of Escondido

A gorgeous record full of underpinnings that are quintessentially Nashville that nonetheless just barely misses a certain mark.

Friday, July 12 2013

Preston Lovinggood: Sun Songs

Sun Songs is a record that invites you to cast aside expectations and live in the moment. It's also just a few hairs shy of absolute brilliance.

Sunday, June 30 2013

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: 1 April 2013 - Chicago

April Fool's Day 2013 in Chicago didn't belong to practical jokes; it belonged to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Thursday, June 27 2013

Beat Mark: Howls of Joy

Howls of Joy is celebratory in tone but there's a dark undercurrent that suggests an awareness of tough times both behind and ahead.

Triple Hex: E.P. [9.Apr.13]
Alek Fin: Mull [19.Mar.13]
Palma Violets: 180 [26.Feb.13]
Camera: Radiate [5.Dec.12]
Ormonde: Machine [20.Nov.12]
Conveyor: Conveyor [31.Oct.12]
Is/Is: III [21.Oct.12]
Caramelo: Ride [3.Sep.12]
Kalen Nash: Ukred [29.Aug.12]
Erika Spring: EP [26.Aug.12]
With Lions: Equipo [26.Aug.12]
K-Holes: Dismania [21.Aug.12]
Whitman: Weekends [17.Jul.12]
Liminal Phase: LP [20.Jun.12]
Parlovr: Kook Soul [14.Jun.12]
Jaill: Traps [12.Jun.12]
Wazu: Wazu [6.Jun.12]
Lemonade: Diver [29.May.12]
Pumice: Puny [24.May.12]
Young Man: Vol. 1 [21.May.12]
CFCF: Exercises EP [16.May.12]
Tomat: 01-06 June [14.May.12]
Devin: Romancing [2.May.12]
Hecuba: Modern [26.Apr.12]
Whirr: Pipe Dreams [12.Apr.12]
Nick Rosen: Violet [12.Apr.12]
Fenster: Bones [8.Apr.12]
Lake: Gravel [29.Mar.12]


Thursday, November 8 2012

Masochist: An Interview with Devin

Devin Therriault opens up about rock 'n' roll, the Strokes, and the case for MySpace's continued relevance.

Thursday, June 28 2012

Steady As He Goes: An Interview with Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson is a musician a lot of history behind him and was more than willing to speak to PopMatters about his roots and his early influences, and how they progressed:

Monday, June 25 2012

Man Without Country - "Closet Addicts Anonymous" (Van Rivers Remix) MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

Van Rivers, a noted Fever Ray collaborator, takes a song off of Man Without Country's most recent LP and works new magic on it.

Monday, April 23 2012

Robert Francis - "Dangerous Neighborhood" Video (PopMatters Premiere)

Robert Francis premieres the beautiful acoustic clip for "Dangerous Neighborhood", off of his upcoming Strangers in the First Place, exclusively for PopMatters.

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