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Thursday, January 2 2014

The 75 Best Songs of 2013

From the electro-dance of Daft Punk, Disclosure and Rudimental and the boundary-pushing R&B of Janelle Monae and John Newman to the warm sounds of Americana blossoming into the hippest sounds in American music and the always-compelling Kanye West, PopMatters counts down 2013's 75 best songs.


Thursday, December 26 2013

The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Blooody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.


Monday, December 23 2013

The Top 10 Pleasant Surprise Albums of 2013

To counterbalance the set of disappointing albums, there are those that you probably barely noticed at first, or ones that you thought nothing of upon release that slowly but surely knocked your socks off.


Monday, December 9 2013

The Best Hip-Hop of 2013

Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.


Tuesday, June 25 2013

An Open Letter to Kanye West

Kanye West is a genius who needs our doubt, and his own contradictions — whether he says it or not.


Columns

Monday, March 3 2014

In Defense Of... Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour

Seeing Kanye West perform, I learned not only what it's like to see a master at the top of his game in the prime of his career, but also what it is that makes the polarizing artist so fascinating. And so, so breathtaking.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

In Defense Of... Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

Watch the Discourse: Luxury Rap, Success and Self-Absorption

The value of a release as large as Watch the Throne is that it goes beyond the gargantuan personalities involved or even the monster show dates designed to promote it. Part of the value is the discussion it generates.


Reviews

Thursday, June 27 2013

Kanye West: Yeezus (take two)

Yeezus will be brilliant to some, terrible to others. The truth lies somewhere in between.


Sunday, June 16 2013

Kanye West: Yeezus

Yep, it's here. It may not change the game like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did, but there's still plenty to keep your attention on album that, of course, has to be called Yeezus.


Friday, June 14 2013

Governors Ball 2013: Mud, Music and Finding Yeezus (Photos)

Torrential rains on the first day caused Friday to end early and left the Governors Ball grounds very very muddy. But throughout the weekend, music from Kanye, Cut Copy and several other bands made trudging through the sloppy field worthwhile.


Thursday, September 27 2012

G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer

Everything about Cruel Summer is steeped in grandiosity, but that's not always a good thing.


Tuesday, January 17 2012

Pusha T: Fear of God II: Let Us Pray

Fear of God II: Let Us Pray rarely highlights the strenghts Pusha T established as one-half of Virginian rap duo Clipse.


Blogs

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.


Tuesday, June 25 2013

'Yeezus' Displeases: The First Week of Reactions to Kanye West’s New Album

After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.


Thursday, September 15 2011

Chamberlin Cover's Kanye West's "Lost in the World" MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

Vermont's very own it-band Chamberlin covers a Kanye West tune and releases Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP to aid Vermont flooding victims.


Monday, August 8 2011

Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – "Coldest Winter" and "Pinocchio Story"

808s & Heartbreak -- and this Between the Grooves series -- wraps up with a two-song tandem that exemplifies everything Kanye West's masterpiece-before-the-masterpiece is about.


Monday, August 1 2011

Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – "See You in My Nightmare"

West consciously kept the guest spots and big-name collaborations at a minimum when constructing his fourth album. That mantra allowed this particular joint effort to stand firmly on its own among some of the best work he has ever been a part of.


News

Thursday, November 15 2012

Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West to appear at New York Sandy benefit

LOS ANGELES — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will help anchor another all-star benefit to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, once again joined


Wednesday, November 30 2011

West gets 7 nominations, but Adele gets Grammy spotlight

LOS ANGELES — Rapper Kanye West scored a leading seven nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, but ceded the brightest spotlight of music industry esteem


Tuesday, August 9 2011

Jay-Z and Kanye West ascend the 'Throne'

JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST "Watch the Throne" Roc-a-Fella Records (3 1/2 stars) The kingdom is in peril. Confidence has been shaken: "Tears on the mausoleum floor/Blood


Monday, December 20 2010

Taylor and Kanye rule the music scene now, but which one will last?

As she accepted her award for favorite female country artist at November's American Music Awards, Taylor Swift said, "I only want to thank the fans."


Tuesday, November 30 2010

Kanye West shapes the message his way

LOS ANGELES — Early this fall, before any kind of promotional push for Kanye West's new album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," had begun in earnest,


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