Wednesday, August 28 2013
The most fascinating thing about Carrier is how it finds a confident songwriter flushed with uncertainty.
What happens when our sense of security is diminished and the lines between good and evil are no longer identifiable? What happens when heroes take on characteristics of villains, and perceived villains garner our sympathy?
Ages is a by-rote example of a group struggling to find its own identity by channeling its influences and winding up sounding more like a band playing covers rather than referencing their forbearers or offering homage
Jazz/hip-hop fusion that creates a hypnotic, minimal groove, with some thrilling variety.
Brian Tighe has exhibited his pop songwriting chops with groups like the Hang Ups and the Owls. Now, with the '90s rock-loving the Starfolk, he may have crafted his masterpiece, and shares "Sleeping Without Dreaming" with PopMatters readers exclusively.
Pictures from Afropunk Fest Day 1, including ones of Saul Williams and the kids of Unlocking the Truth, are here.
It's hard to think of any current band that's gotten as much mileage out of non-album releases as Belle and Sebastian has.
Hate Plus demonstrates some of the best virtues of video games in the way that it's structured as something to be explored with no clear starting point and as something that is completed only after a process of player exploration. In other words, it isn’t meant to be read cover to cover; it’s a process of discovery.
Tuesday, August 27 2013
After months of hype and expectation, Fox Sports' latest go at giving ESPN legitimate competition got off to a respectful start. As for the network's timing, well, it was perfect.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a musical institution. On their new album, That's It!, original compositions come into play, and with the likes of Jim James, no less. Tubist and double bassist Ben Jaffe tells PopMatters all about it.