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Friday, September 6 2013

Superchunk: I Hate Music

I Hate Music is undeniable proof that creating something with resounding beauty is the ultimate defiance of death.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

Not So Incidental Music: A Dozen Essential Superchunk Songs

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

Texas Music Triumphs in the iTunes Era

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

Superchunk: Majesty Shredding

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

More Than a Summer Fling: An Interview with Stuart McLamb of the Love Language

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

Progressive Sounds: Technology and Innovation in Indie Music

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

Various Artists: Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox

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.


Thursday, September 10 2009

Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small by John Cook

Despite some generous editorializing, Our Noise is as engaging (and human) a music industry tale as you're ever going to read.


Monday, March 5 2007

Band of the Year: An Interview with Arcade Fire

The artistic license offered by an indie label led to the darker and more ambitious Neon Bible. It brims with arrangements that include a symphony orchestra and a choir recorded in Budapest, Hungary, and a massive church organ. "It felt sometimes like we were making a film rather than a record," Win Butler says.


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