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The Best Progressive Rock of 2014
By Jordan Blum
From idiosyncratic tales of dastardly aliens to concept albums about a mysterious demon, prog maintained its reputation for eclecticism in 2014. [26.Dec.14]
The Best Bluegrass of 2014
This year's rich pickin's of traditional bluegrass, jamgrass, and newgrass make it the best year for recorded bluegrass music in quite some time. [25.Dec.14]
The Best Country Music of 2014
By Dave Heaton, Taylor Coe, and Steve Leftridge
Take more than a quick glance at country music in 2014 and you'll see a varied landscape -- in terms of gender, age, experience and song content. [24.Dec.14]
The Best K-pop of 2014
By Scott Interrante
Due to current events, 2014 was largely a rough year for K-pop. Still, these 15 songs represent the best K-pop had to offer this year, both inside and outside the mainstream. [23.Dec.14]
Do You (Still) Know It's Christmas?: An Interview with Midge Ure
Midge Ure reflects on just how far his career has come since his days in the new wave pioneers Ultravox, including what he's realized 30 years after the release of the classic charity single he wrote with Bob Geldof, "Do You Know It's Christmas?" [23.Dec.14]
Recent Features
By Zachary Houle, Adrien Begrand, and Alan Ranta
From Steph Cameron to White Lung, these 15 releases showcase the very best of Canadian music in 2014, and illustrate that the Canadian music community is definitely thriving and maturing. [22.Dec.14]
Sony’s cancellation of the 25 December screening of The Interview may not be the free speech catastrophe that it's being made out to be.[22.Dec.14]
By PopMatters Staff
From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.[22.Dec.14]
By PopMatters Staff
From electro to Americana... from R&B to metal... from hip-hop to rockin' and poppin' indie... 2014 had something great for everyone.[22.Dec.14]
By PopMatters Staff
There was no shortage of new and exciting music in 2014. From an avant-garde saxophone quartet to soul-inflected pop from the UK, this crop of artists gave us a lot of great music this year.[19.Dec.14]
Who better to talk about the future of the comics industry than someone who’s been inventing the future of comics for nearly four decades now? To wrap up this year, we sit down for a full session with Dark Horse Publisher and President Mike Richardson.[19.Dec.14]
By Will Layman and John Garratt
The skeptics who claim jazz is weaker than before simply aren't listening. As these 16 albums reveal, jazz remains on the cutting edge.[18.Dec.14]
By Deanne Sole and George de Stefano
The best world music albums of 2014 often possessed some element of exaggeration or extremeness that seemed too unlikely to be fully true, and made you listen to them again and again.[18.Dec.14]
By Andrew McDonald
With new albums from icons like Swans, the continued proliferation of vaporwave, and a bevy of exciting new acts, 2014 has been a wonderful year for experimental and avant-garde music.[17.Dec.14]
With a mind as encyclopedic as Scott Snyder’s all interviews seem to become a single interview. And talking about Wytches #3 (released today) also means talking about parental love, childhood fears and the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA.[17.Dec.14]
By Colin Fitzgerald, Benjamin Aspray, and Alan Ranta
The most compelling electronic music of 2014 could be found in thoughtful experimentation and dancefloor-ready fun. But the ones who led the way tended to be pioneers who made their reputations doing just that.[16.Dec.14]
By PopMatters Staff
The music world saw reissues from all over the genre map, spanning classic rock titans to electronic music legends.[15.Dec.14]
Beware: what follows may contain tubas. Also accordions, clarinets, canned gunfire, protest songs, dance songs, songs about roosters, songs about drug cartels, songs using drug cartels as metaphors to make the singers seem intimidating and/or awesome and/or "authentic", songs using roosters the same way, and amor.[15.Dec.14]
By PopMatters Staff
This year's push of stylistic diversity, craft, and experimentation adds fuel to hip-hop's movement into the future.[12.Dec.14]
By Edward P. Comentale, Aaron Jaffe
The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center answers any questions you might have about the burgeoning field of zombie studies.[12.Dec.14]
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