Thursday, December 17 2009
PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.
Tuesday, December 8 2009
My indie-pop year 2009 was about young energy and autumnal melancholy, about the rush you feel when you first hear an exciting new band and the bittersweet feeling you get when your favorite band calls it quits.
Monday, December 12 2011
With shoulders slumped and eyes down, it’s the kind of vocal delivery that convincingly captures all the angst of a universe-crumbling teen breakup.
Sunday, March 27 2011
Belong isn’t an album worried about the prospect of pricking its finger on the serrated edges of the stars, like Carl Sagan leafing through a Dorling Kindersley book about being an astronaut.
Wednesday, September 1 2010
The Pains' tried and tested formula has yet to lose its charm.
Wednesday, June 10 2009
I’d give it to Ponytail if I had to name a winner, but it’s rare that two bands succeed so well on different terms.
Tuesday, February 3 2009
The band's debut record begs us to play name the influence. It is a love song to the groups they grew up on, at times purely imitation as flattery, and in those modest goals, it succeeds.
Thursday, December 15 2011
This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...
Friday, May 7 2010
Not sure when summer officially begins, but the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have already kicked off what they're declaring as "The Summer of
Thursday, December 10 2009
We've unveiled our 50 best singles of the year, but that's not really a lot of songs. So, here are others bubbling just under that 50 mark.
Wednesday, September 9 2009
Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago / Words and Pictures by Kirstie Shanley