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Sunday, December 16 2012

The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.


Thursday, December 13 2012

The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.


Sunday, January 29 2012

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for February

PopMatters previews some of February's most eagerly awaited offerings.


Sunday, January 1 2012

The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.


Columns

Wednesday, July 11 2012

Grimes and Female Celebrity

Grimes's Claire Boucher is the indie heroine of the year, which makes it all the more interesting that she's using her newfound celebrity to subtly challenge what we expect of women in the entertainment industry.


Reviews

Thursday, June 12 2014

Governors Ball Music Festival 2014: Recap + Photos from Randall's Island

Perfect weather and fantastic music lent Governors Ball 2014 the sensation of escaping from New York, even though the island itself sits snug atop the East River.


Sunday, August 5 2012

Capitol Hill Block Party: 20 - 22 July 2012 - Seattle

A weekend full of live music including performances by Neko Case, Aesop Rock, Major Lazer, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Twin Shadow, Youth Lagoon, Thee Oh Sees, Doomtree, Father John Misty, John Maus, Porcelain Raft, Spaceghostpurrp, King Tuff, Blood Diamonds and more.


Sunday, April 1 2012

SXSW Music 2012: Santigold + Best Coast + Grimes + YACHT

Recapping some of the SXSW fun featuring Santigold and Best Coast and the troubles for Grimes and YACHT.


Monday, February 20 2012

Grimes: Visions

She may have the name of a hobo and the look of a streetpunk, but Grimes sounds like a dream.


Blogs

Monday, October 29 2012

Grimes: 29 September 2012 - Washington, D.C.

Grimes brings a newly perfected live set to a thrilled crowd in DC.


Wednesday, August 22 2012

Grimes - "Genesis" (video)

Grimes self-directs her latest video from the recent Visions album.


Thursday, July 12 2012

Predicting the 2012 Polaris Prize Short List

This is probably a dumb idea. But, here is what I expect to make the Polaris Prize's Short List.


Friday, May 11 2012

Grimes - "Nightmusic" (video)

The Tron gridlines of "Nightmusic" are similarly captivating.


Tuesday, February 14 2012

New Grimes Album 'Visions' Is Streaming at NPR + MP3s

The eagerly awaited new Grimes album, Visions, releases next week. Look for our review then, but in the meantime, you can sample a few MP


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