Articles tagged pop

Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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Sister Sledge: Circle of Love (Special 40th Anniversary Edition)

By the time this record came out in 1975 Sister Sledge had been gigging steadily for some time and releasing small singles. There's little evidence of the powerhouse this quartet became.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: An Interview With Dave Stewart

With his new memoir Sweet Dreams Are Made of This in mind, Stewart joins PopMatters for an in-depth discussion about his new book and his influential catalog of music.

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Benji Hughes: Songs in the Key of Animals

The beauty of the stream of consciousness that bleeds into both Hughes' lyrics and his melodies is that while it feels sporadic, it doesn’t ever become disjointed.

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4 Feb 2016 // 11:49 AM

For Elton John It’s a ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’

In addition to his myriad accomplishments as an artist, Elton John has long maintained a reputation as a tastemaker.

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Anton Barbeau - “High Noon” (video) (premiere)

Respected indie popster Anton Barbeau is back with a new album, Magic Act, releasing Mar 4th on Mystery Lawn Music.

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Ane Brun: When I’m Free

Ane Brun is capable of making strong records, maybe even great ones. But this isn't one of them.

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2 Feb 2016 // 10:04 AM

Panic Is Perfect - ‘Cellspace’ (album stream) (premiere)

San Francisco's Panic Is Perfect are a pure pop band who pen super memorable hooks and create intricate layers of carefully composed music.

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2 Feb 2016 // 2:20 AM

Your Friend: Gumption

Gumption is a pop album and an experimental work, with all of the deep charms of both.

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Fame, Faith, and a Meaningful Life: An Interview With Ruth Pointer

Why is Ruth Pointer so excited? Her new memoir celebrates three decades of sobriety and a lifetime of survival.

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1 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

Sia: This Is Acting

As a pop songwriter who can bend her style into many different forms, This Is Acting is the most compelling when Sia decides to simply be herself.

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29 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Rihanna: Anti

Rihanna has released some of the smartest and sexiest pop of the new millennium. Unfortunately, on Anti she seems lost and unsure about what she’s trying to do and where she’s trying to go.

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28 Jan 2016 // 2:00 AM

How Sia Kept Breathing and Became a Formalist

Although there are for Sia 1,000 forms of fear, if you will, there are only two formal conventions in her manual of pop songwriting.

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Panic! At the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

The precocious Death of a Bachelor may overreach, but it's an undeniably fun pop album through and through.

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The Anchoress: Confessions of a Romance Novelist

Like the medieval anchoresses from whom the artist takes her stage name, Davies carves out a niche for herself and steadfastly inhabits it.

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Armed With a Slew of Hits, Billy Joel Welcomes the New Year in South Florida

Billy Joel unlocked the door to his hit factory in South Florida. His songs tonight happened to be as classic as they were dated; that is, they were both timeless and historical.

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Shawn Mullins: My Stupid Heart

With his new album, Mullins draws ever closer to a breakthrough, thanks to some of the strongest songs he’s ever written.

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14 Jan 2016 // 8:55 AM

Sia - “Reaper” (Singles Going Steady)

This is very much a mid-tempo, MOR pop jam, but also serves as a bit of levity from Sia.

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A Great Big World: When the Morning Comes

A Great Big World's versatility as musicians will carry them through accusations of mediocrity and sameness.

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Lee Hazlewood: The Very Special World of / Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure / Something Special

These records tell a fascinating story of a compellingly eccentric artist given the chance to shine and experiment with his craft.

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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

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"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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