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by Carrington Wythe

17 Jun 2015


Photo: Tatiana Suri

A 20-Year Pregnancy

Slow Dakota’s 2013 concept album Bürstner and the Baby destroyed my faith in the music world. Not in a “I’ve just listened to a Nickelback album” kind of way; no, in a slow way, over time, as I finally came to understand what the album is about.

by Ian King

15 Jun 2015


“I can’t obsess / Over you anymore / I can’t confess / That I love you”

Let’s get the definition of “Neurasthenia” out of the way: “an ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance.” A serious case of “the sads”, then.

by Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger

12 Jun 2015


Klinger: Few mainstream artists this side of the Eagles took as consistent a critical beating as Billy Joel. Throughout his career, critics have taken immense delight in razzing and belittling him. When he wrote polished ballads, they accused him of not knowing how to rock. When he’d record more rock material, they teased him for being a poser. The poor bastard just couldn’t win. Of course, part of the reason critics kept picking on Billy Joel was he made it so much fun for them. Joel would actually go so far as to read his bad reviews onstage, which had be a perverse delight for the writer who got that far in his head.

by Evan Sawdey

11 Jun 2015


Photo: Scarlet Page

The Darkness have, like their heroes AC/DC, withstood life’s hard knocks.

While everyone knows that their iconic 2003 hair-pop confection “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” will outlive most millennials, that overindulgent sophomore disc One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back sank most chances of the group rising above One Hit Wonder status. Frustrated, the group ventured off into other bands, with high-pitched vocalist Justin Hawkins trying his hand with the group Hot Leg, while guitarist Dan Hawkins and bassist Richie Edwards formed Stone Gods, both outfits releasing albums within a year of each other. Yet fate had other plans in store, and in 2012, the band released a long-awaited third disc, Hot Cakes, which contains what is arguably the greatest song they have ever done, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us”.

With solid sales and a fanbase that never really left them, the band made their way out Valentia Island to record the aptly-titled Last of Our Kind, a disc which spends its time talking about barbarians and ancient conquests while still delivering the roaring riff rockers that have become their signature. As if that wasn’t enough, the group even crowdsourced some group vocals on the soaring title track to their fans, known as The Darkness Army, who were more than happy to comply.

To celebrate the disc’s release, Dan Hawkins took on PopMatters’ 20 Questions and revealed to us a love of Watership Down, Yves Saint Laurent, and why he’d want to take a peek at what’s going on in the year 3000.

by Adrien Begrand

11 Jun 2015


For the longest time, it looked as if pop metal (or glam metal, or hair metal: pick your term) was dead in the water, relegated to being just another oldies channel on satellite radio. Many bands from that era between 1983 and 1991 kept soldiering on through the ‘90s and early-‘00s, but they all sounded so hopelessly lost, desperately trying to keep up with the times by resorting to such gimmicks as tuning down to grunge that sound more, or employ more blatantly pandering ideas to make it seem they were more “alternative”. In the process, they all lost touch with what made them so great, so fun in the process, and by 1996 MTV was running a “where are they now?” special about pop metal bands that remains one of the saddest metal docs I’ve seen since The Decline of Civilization Part Two. All the musicians they interviewed sounded so lost, almost in disbelief that decade of decadence had ended so abruptly.

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Country Fried Rock: Dex Romweber

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"Dex Romweber may feel that his age is catching up with him, but that hasn't stopped him from making the music he loves one bit.

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