Wednesday, November 5 2014
After a comeback album last year, the funkiest group alive, Earth, Wind & Fire, decided to record a holiday album, and also open up about their legacy, performing for the President, and more.
Artists like OutKast and R.E.M. were first heard on college radio. As corporations take over these stations, what will it mean for artists and students?
Tuesday, November 4 2014
Jukebox the Ghost talk about their most collaborative album to date, how Rolling Stone begged to hang out in the studio with them, and their lack of knowledge about classic ghosts.
PopMatters caught up with Mike Farris at the 2014 Americana Music Festival. His work places him firmly in the legacy of soul greats like Sam Moore and Otis Redding.
Monday, November 3 2014
Following the release of their new album 48:13, Kasbian guitarist and producer Serge Pizzorno discusses ripping off the Silver Apples and ponders why, even now, people still aren't getting the joke.
For artists a big as Beyonce, U2, and Thom Yorke, the surprise album release model offers minimal risk and maximal reward. It's a paradigm that's sure to be replicated by others going forward.
Friday, October 31 2014
It’s the strangest of strange troikas; Nevadan statehood, Halloween and comics. But this Halloween, marking the 150th anniversary of Nevadan statehood, might just be the most elegant comment on the current state of comics.
In the last installment of "Listening Ahead" of 2014, read up on new albums by Marianne Faithfull and Andy Stott, as well as comprehensive boxsets of the third Velvet Underground album and the Bedhead catalog.
Thursday, October 30 2014
I remember that Halloween, Halloween 1975. I wanted to dress as Spider-Man…
Sloan's jaw-dropping double album Commonwealth strikes a perfect synergy between the band's identity and the collective identities of its members.
Wednesday, October 29 2014
Many Jaxx fans were surprised by the relatively-straightforward nature of the duo's latest effort, Junto, but the way Felix tells it, it's a deliberately unexpected move from the Grammy-nominated duo.
We look through the varied and vivacious 20-year discography of Sloan album by album, charting this underrated group's significant achievements.
Tuesday, October 28 2014
Picking up where the Fab Four left off isn't easy, but if one band has done it in the past 30 years, it's Toronto's Sloan.
Although our heroes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Grimm are initially alone, accepting help, and valuing their found families, is a virtue.
Monday, October 27 2014
Buried deep in the emotional grain of Valery Gore's music, there is some semblance of order, some sense of undisclosed truths.
Love the Apes or hate them, you should see what they almost threw at us!
Friday, October 24 2014
After an 18-year absence on the global stage of popculture, the 2000 AD Specials returned earlier this year. The Winter Special is a thematic return to the magazine's roots.
Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones—the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief time with the band was volatile and tragic.
Thursday, October 23 2014
I refuse to accept that I am too old to enjoy a live-action, stunt bike, superhero arena show. I'm not too old. I love superheroes and I was ready to love Marvel Universe LIVE! But "good enough for the kids" just isn't good enough.
Cory Branan's brand of rocking country doesn't fit very well into music industry slots, but the Nashville-based songwriter is carving an idiosyncratic niche for himself regardless.