Jordan Blum is an Associate Editor at PopMatters, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is the founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Bookends Review, an independent creative arts journal called . He specializes in progressive rock/metal and also writes for The Big Takeover, AXS, Progression Magazine, The Lit Pub, and Classic Rock Society Magazine. Finally, he records his own crazy ideas under the pseudonym Neglected Spoon. When he's not focused on any of that, he teaches English courses at various colleges. Feel free to contact him via email, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2016 | 28 Nov 2016 // 9:00 PM
The following ten albums rightly outshine the competition and best represent what made 2016 such a diverse and phenomenal year in progressive music.
The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview | 26 Jan 2015 // 8:20 PM
Forthcoming releases from Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, and many others highlight what is bound to be an excellent year for progressive rock.
The Similitude of Dreams: A Conversation With Neal Morse | 15 Jan 2017 // 8:00 PM
American prog rock icon Neal Morse delves into the creation of his newest opus, The Similitude of a Dream.
Hymns and Confessions: A Conversation With Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter | 10 Oct 2016 // 8:59 PM
Crescenzo is proud yet humble, blunt, and occasionally enigmatic in discussing Act V, as well as the past and future of The Dear Hunter in general.
To Live and Die in Pixelation | 16 Oct 2016 // 8:15 PM
Death by Video Game is a must read not only for gamers, but for anyone interested in learning about well researched and supported argumentation.
Opeth: Sorceress | 26 Sep 2016 // 8:30 PM
This third entry in Opeth's newest phase doesn't quite match Pale Communion, but it's still a wonderfully multifaceted journey.
Emanuel and the Fear - "Meredith" (audio) (premiere) | 11 Mar 2016 // 3:05 AM
The first single from Emanuel and the Fear's upcoming third LP, Primitive Smile, is a charming and intricate slice of romantic synthpop.
Se Delan - "Going Home" (audio) (premiere) | 10 Mar 2016 // 4:05 AM
The first song from (and on) Se Delan's sophomore effort, Drifter, is an industrial yet ethereal gem.