Monday, April 6 2015
The prolific songwriter and now acclaimed author John Darnielle tells PopMatters how he created his wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, what he calls the Mountain Goats' "most musically interesting record by a country mile".
Friday, March 27 2015
From Romanticism to structuralism, the musical ingenuity of Phish pays tribute to a variety of cultural movements; they're more dada than dad rock.
Tuesday, March 17 2015
In 2014, the legendary jam band Phish released its 12th studio LP, Fuego. Here are some reasons why this group's legacy is one worth celebrating.
Monday, February 16 2015
As a young professional in the entrepreneurial world of Silicon Valley, Ayori Selassie argues that technology's primary purpose should be to serve human needs first and foremost.
Thursday, January 22 2015
Browsing a record shop with Ben Watt is one way to learn about those artists he admires and those that inspired him.
Tuesday, December 23 2014
Midge Ure reflects on just how far his career has come since his days in the new wave pioneers Ultravox, including what he's realized 30 years after the release of the classic charity single he wrote with Bob Geldof, "Do You Know It's Christmas?"
Monday, November 17 2014
In reinterpreting the words and music of their male peers, songwriters like Tori Amos and Joan Baez create whole new works of art.
Thursday, October 30 2014
Sloan's jaw-dropping double album Commonwealth strikes a perfect synergy between the band's identity and the collective identities of its members.
Wednesday, October 29 2014
We look through the varied and vivacious 20-year discography of Sloan album by album, charting this underrated group's significant achievements.
Tuesday, October 28 2014
Picking up where the Fab Four left off isn't easy, but if one band has done it in the past 30 years, it's Toronto's Sloan.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
No matter what hat he wears as an artist, the impulse to voyage beyond defines Sting, as do the impulses that compel him to stay.
Thursday, October 16 2014
Lara Meyerratken, the Los Angeles-by way of-Australia indie pop musician, returns with her first new album in four years.
Wednesday, September 17 2014
Following its name change, Parsonsfield, New England's most exciting folk band, is letting its music speak for itself.
Monday, August 25 2014
Despite missing out on being one of the Fab Four, Pete Best is as happy as ever: "I have no complaints, I’ve enjoyed life. Wouldn’t change anything."
Monday, June 16 2014
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
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 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
"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
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
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
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.
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
Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano chat about improvisation, working without a bassist, and how they keep things democratic.
Thursday, November 1 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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.