Thursday, June 5 2014
We cannot understand Lorde’s success without recognizing that it happened in the context of Miley Cyrus’ disgrace.
Wednesday, June 4 2014
RAC has been remixing indie wunderkids (and video game themes) for years. Matthew Koma co-wrote songs for Zedd and Carly Rae Jepsen. Together, their song "Cheap Sunglasses" is unquestioned pop perfection.
That Hedwig is claiming so much success without losing its more challenging aspects and picking up “quadruple threat” Neil Patrick Harris in the process is nothing short of a miracle.
It's June. School's out, the kids are antsy, and Hollywood is serving up the spectacle. We'll get more Transformers, more Tom Cruise, more animated adventure, and a bit too much found footage.
Tuesday, June 3 2014
If Days of Open Hand is an album of dreams, then there's surely the awareness of awakening, a consciousness hovering outside of the songs that is longing to be identified.
Monday, June 2 2014
Over 25 years after its release, the band and the video’s director reflect back on a song full of promise.
No other festival has as many stages, as many incredible culinary offerings, or as many evening and late shows that can take music fans all the way until the break of dawn.
Friday, May 30 2014
If you picked up the launch issue of C.O.W.L. earlier this week thinking that, with the season finale of Mad Man, ‘60s nostalgia is now back in, you’re maybe missing the sheer depth of Mad Men, and definitely of C.O.W.L.…
From Broadway to Casablanca, David Hodo reflects on 40 years in show business.
Thursday, May 29 2014
We miss him now that he’s gone—Al Feldstein was one of the dynamos of MAD.
When not doing strings for the likes of Grizzly Bear or Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett is putting out his own gorgeous string- and synth-laced pop, like his latest, In Conflict, which he gives PopMatters a guided tour of.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
With 2014's World Cup being held in Brazil, Six Degrees Records has put together a stunning collection of Brazilian music. We premiere that as well as offer a free download of one of the tunes.
June's release schedule isn't just about the summer jams of 2014. Catch early glimpses of the latest from Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, and the Antlers.
Tuesday, May 27 2014
Rodney Crowell is a country legend in every sense of the word. He speaks with us about Tarpaper Road and the legends that inspired and influenced this stunning new album.
Friday, May 23 2014
Jonathan Hickman writes himself into very exclusive fraternity that includes greats like Philip K. Dick and William Shakespeare, where the writer is recast as public intellectual.
When the police began using their discretion with African American gang leaders, gay and lesbian bar owners, Haight-Ashbury hippies and other postwar San Franciscans, a rise in liberal cosmopolitism would follow throughout America.
We speak with Elizabeth Bernholz, the woman behind the Gazelle Twin project, about the relation of music to the natural landscape, the nature of performing, and the work of David Lynch.
Thursday, May 22 2014
Sometimes, it’s nice for the words to step aside in a comic and just let the art tell the story for a while.
Yann Tiersen has charmed audiences the world over with his score to Amélie, but that was only after years of putting out brilliant, lushly melodic solo albums, not unlike his ambitious new disc ∞.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.