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by Adrien Begrand

30 Jun 2015

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Deborah Zeolla

If the name Eszter Balint doesn’t ring a bell, if you’re a regular viewer of Louie CK’s acclaimed series Louie, you’ll remember her as his character’s love interest Amia last season. In addition to being an actress, though—she’s appeared in films by Jim Jarmusch, Woddy Allen, and Steve Buscemi—the Hungarian-born Balint is an accomplished musician, and has played on albums by Marc Ribot, Angels of Light, and Swans. As you can tell, she’s clearly highly regarded by some of the biggest talents in two different mediums.

Her new album Airless Midnight is her first since 2004’s Mud, and PopMatters is pleased to premiere it here. Featuring appearances by Ribot and Sam Phillips, Balint, who plays guitar, mandolin, violin, and more, creates an eclectic collection of songs, but retains a remarkable consistent tone and theme throughout.

by Brice Ezell

29 Jun 2015


Antonin Scalia remains the United States Supreme Court’s most famous curmudgeon. Even more attention-grabbing than his textualism are his vociferous dissents, which often evoke the classic, “Hey, you kids get off my lawn!” mentality. Such was certainly the case with Scalia’s dissent on the 26 June decision on the case Obergefell v. Hodges, the 5-4 call of which made same-sex marriage the law of the land in the United States. With lines like “ask the nearest hippie” (yes, an actual thing said in a Supreme Court dissenting opinion), Scalia made his legendarily cantakerous presence known.

Not ones to let a dissent ripe with humor go to waste. the progressive rock/metal outfit Coheed and Cambria took some choice bits of Scalia’s opinion and set it to music. This undoubtedly humorous interpretation, hosted by Funny or Die, can be viewed in the player below.

by Adrien Begrand

29 Jun 2015

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Andreas Werner

The credits Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven have racked up since the ‘60s and ‘70s are impressive enough to warrant a listen to their new album out of sheer respect. Poet Kalinich collaborated with the Beach Boys as early as the late-‘60s (co-writing the single “Little Bird” with Dennis Wilson), while Tiven has worked with everyone from legends the Rolling Stones and Alex Chilton to contemporary acts like Warpaint and Alabama Shakes.

Together, however, the prolific duo make awfully fine music on their own. Their latest album Each Soul Has a Voice is the result of songwriting sessions that yielded a whopping 700 tracks, and 14 of the pair’s best were chosen.

by John M. Tryneski

29 Jun 2015


Toronto’s the Autumn Stones released their first album of lush, dreamy and sharply written pop tunes in 2011. That record, Companions Of The Flame, was so beguiling that it left some people (such as yours truly) wondering what the holdup was for album number two. Regarding that follow-up, singer and songwriter Cieran Megahey reports that, “we have a full-time horn player so our sound has a lot more character and nuance. Escapists has been four years in the making, which gave us lots of time to refine and shape it, and give the public something that really is our best work.”

by Adrien Begrand

29 Jun 2015


Nashville-based writer and musician Ted Drozdowski helms Scissormen, a trio that for the past decade, much like the North Mississippi All-Stars, combined the North Mississippi Hill Country blues with raw garage rock ‘n’ roll and even a little hazy psychedelia tossed in as well. Their new album, the excellent Love & Life, follows that tradition set by legends R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Jessie Mae Hemphill, only giving the arrangements an even more ragged tone. Those influences can all be heard on the album’s lead-off track “Beggin’ Jesus”, and we’re very pleased to premiere the new animated video here at PopMatters.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Pop Anniversaries and the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face"

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"To celebrate the one year Anniversary of the Pop Unmuted Podcast, the panel discusses pop anniversaries and the latest single from the Weeknd.

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