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Monday, June 16 2014

Finding Some Shrink Dust in a Hedge with Chad VanGaalen

It starts with a dream about his own severed hands running away, and it only gets stranger from there. Welcome to Chad VanGaalen's world.


Friday, June 13 2014

Yann Tiersen Breaks Down ∞ Track-By-Track (video) (Premiere)

Following the release of Yann Tiersen's much-acclaimed new album, the atmospheric and enveloping , PopMatters has the exclusive track-by track breakdown of the LP by Tiersen himself.


Tuesday, April 9 2013

Momus in the Aftermath of the End of History

Momus may be the musician who most consistently makes me laugh and his wordplay and his logician’s ability to follow a funny premise to its often troubling culmination are as admirable as any comic’s.


Friday, November 9 2012

Shifting Perception: An Interview with Jeff Orlowski, Director of ‘Chasing Ice’

"Chasing Ice is a film that I’m approaching from an artistic perspective and also, to some degree, the activist perspective: I want this message to be heard and the film to be seen."


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.


Tuesday, November 6 2012

Quite Beautiful Things: An Interview with David Greilsammer

The internationally renowned pianist is a force unto himself: breaking records, releasing informed ones of his own, and reaching out to younger audiences to get them interested in classical music. Greilsammer speaks to PopMatters in his usual smart, conversational manner ...


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.


‘Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992’: Interview with Dagmar Schultz

Through my relationship with Audre [Lorde], one thing I learned is that I could not just assume that the other person would judge and accept or reject me. It was something that I had to keep working on, recreating the trust.


Sunday, November 4 2012

Just Don’t Call Them a Super-Group: The Rangda Interview

Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano chat about improvisation, working without a bassist, and how they keep things democratic.


Thursday, November 1 2012

Go to the Light: An Interview with Murder by Death

Ten years into their career, the Indiana band (who is not, by the way, a metal band) reveals their Kickstarter secrets and why not every record is a concept album.


Sunday, October 28 2012

The Ladylike-Defying, Guitar Playing Debra Devi and ‘The Language of the Blues’

For aficionados of American history, music and etymology, the blues is the ideal confluence of all three fields. Devi's book is a roadmap for observing how their paths overlap.


Wednesday, October 24 2012

Fit to be Tied: An Interview with Philippe Petit

Best known for being the subject of Man on Wire, wire-walking, knot-tying, street-juggling, magician Philippe Petit talks to PopMatters about his forthcoming book Why Knot?.


Tuesday, October 23 2012

Even If You Knew: An Interview with Six Organs of Admittance

After bringing in some friends from his many other projects, Ben Chasny's Six Organs of Admittance has just put out their most thundering record ever, and sits down for his third go-round with PopMatters, telling us all about it ...


Wednesday, October 17 2012

Dancing to the Revolution: An Interview with Laetitia Sadier

Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Monade discusses her latest solo album, Silencio, and her unique blend of art and politics in a conversation with PopMatters.


Tuesday, October 16 2012

At Home With Mama: An Interview With Martha Wainwright

Martha's Wainwright's third album comes a moment where her life is becoming uncharted. Lucky for us, she's a Wainwright, so she had no problem talking about those changes, including motherhood, death, and naked pictures.


Sunday, October 14 2012

The World Moves On: An Interview with Jens Lekman

He doesn't read Stieg Larsson, hasn't heard Blood on the Tracks, and found Melancholia rather uplifiting. Welcome to the unique world of the inimitable Jens Lekman, who tells PopMatters all about his new album and why he accidentally stole something from Paul McCartney ...


Monday, October 8 2012

The Carnival’s Begun: An Interview with Dead Can Dance

"That's something in the mind, isn't it?" Lisa Gerrard asks PopMatters, saying "the complexity of how an artist views themselves and the work that they do is very much a story of the mind also. That can become quite complicated."


Friday, October 5 2012

In Due Order: An Interview with iamamiwhoami

iamamiwhoami's surreal videos, mysterious origins, and gorgeous electronic music have redefined not only viral marketing in our modern day and age, but also how to maintain an air of mystery in an age of oversharing. The alluring iamamiwhoami gives PopMatters a rare, insightful interview about the projects beginnings, development, and where it's going ...


Tuesday, October 2 2012

‘Gold Dust’: The Tori Amos Interview

Tori spoke with PopMatters in September about the impetus behind her newest project, the orchestral retrospective Gold Dust, which features new arrangements and vocals for some of her most enduring songs, as well as some more surprising additions.


Tuesday, September 25 2012

Better Than the Truth: An Interview with Patterson Hood

In this candid, unflinching interview, Patterson Hood not only talks about the family affair that was his new solo album, but also speaks point blank about the Drive-By Truckers RNC scandal, the thrill of getting a new album, and why he might need to rewrite his bio ...


Sunday, September 9 2012

Ego Music: An Interview with the Pet Shop Boys

With their lush new album just hitting ears now, Neil Tennant of synth-pop icons the Pet Shop Boys sits down with PopMatters to talk about performing at the Olympics, what went into their latest disc, and why the world "needed" that Adele album ...


Wednesday, September 5 2012

Today’s Supernatural: PopMatters Interviews Animal Collective

A few months before the release of their latest opus, Centipede Hz, the psyilocybin Super Friends sat down with PopMatters to talk about the past, the present and the future of Animal Collective.


Monday, August 27 2012

The Seer Returns: An Interview with Swans’ Michael Gira

Upon the release of Swans' 12th album, Michael Gira opens up about why this is not a Swans reunion album, music piracy, and what fans can expect from the upcoming tour.


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