Tuesday, July 22 2014
To mark Merge Records' silver anniversary, PopMatters picked 25 memorable albums that help tell the label's remarkable history.
Friday, September 6 2013
I Hate Music is undeniable proof that creating something with resounding beauty is the ultimate defiance of death.
Wednesday, August 21 2013
Debunking the popular opinion that all Superchunk songs sound the same, PopMatters picks a dozen essential tracks from the Chapel Hill band's catalog that proves there's a lot more variety and craft to it than it's given credit for.
Monday, June 11 2012
Some music labels aim to score the next flavor of the week; others, like Saustex in Texas, buckle down and see seminal and compelling backyard styles.
Thursday, September 16 2010
In a year marked by indie comebacks and punk-pop's revival, leave it to Superchunk to show both peers and upstarts alike how it's done.
Wednesday, July 14 2010
On the heels of their Merge debut, Stuart McLamb of the Love Language opens up about signing to the indie mega-label, the major differences in songwriting and recording between the band's debut album and Libraries, and his love of Amy Grant.
Sunday, May 9 2010
Indie is not characterized by a particular business practice, sonic trait, or listening habit alone, but rather as an approach that relies on innovative uses of technology.
Thursday, March 4 2010
Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, Will Oldham, Stephin Merritt, the Mountain Goats, the late Jay Reatard, and dozens more pay tribute to one of the best songwriters no one has ever heard of -- and what a joy it is to listen to.
Friday, September 25 2009
Thursday, September 10 2009
Despite some generous editorializing, Our Noise is as engaging (and human) a music industry tale as you're ever going to read.