Tuesday, September 16 2014
Drummer Matt Johnson shares his reflections 20 years later on working with Jeff Buckley and recording what turned out to be a masterpiece, 1994's Grace.
Monday, September 15 2014
Mostly Other People Do the Killing have taken on an ambitious task: recreate Miles Davis' landmark Kind of Blue note for note. Except, as bassist Moppa Elliott notes, note-for-note might just be impossible.
Drawing from 20 years worth of reviews and books, in addition to new interviews with those involved in Jeff Buckley's music, David Chiu looks back on Grace, which two decades later remains just as impactful.
Monday, September 8 2014
Like Kierkegaard did more than a century-and-a-half ago, Arcade Fire has the courage to ask whether our experience of the world is really as spectral, thin, and shallow as it sometimes seems.
Wednesday, September 3 2014
With years between albums, a lot of factors, including a "get here now so we can record" email from the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, was what got Matt Sharp's the Rentals back into gear.
Tuesday, August 26 2014
The value of violence in the hardcore punk movement is not what it fought against, but rather the new ground it forged.
Thursday, August 21 2014
Movies create iconic, mythical teacher figures who, in two or so hours, do both more harm and more good than any actual human could achieve in a lifetime.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
Like the book that inspired it, Radio Free Albemuth works as a vindicating love letter to spiritual seekers who feel that humanity is capable of more than the Orwellian rat race.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
The duo Amber Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez live, die, and make music with the overarching theme of gratefulness.
The goal of indie rock is to make something real, even at the expense of decades of music tradition.
Monday, August 18 2014
Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator and songwriter Stephen Trask animatedly answers questions about the production’s success on Broadway and more.
Friday, August 15 2014
Equal parts swagger and sway, LP is a rock star, in the truest sense.... like the love child of David Bowie and Patti Smith.
Monday, August 11 2014
Nine years after Lookaftering, Vashti Bunyan returns with Heartleap, a joy-filled album that may be her last.
Thursday, August 7 2014
After more than a decade on hiatus, Ruby returns with another set of intriguing, thought-provoking tunes. Lesley Rankine speaks with PopMatters about the return.
Tuesday, August 5 2014
Blur's masterpiece The Great Escape examines the costs—for young lovers or pop stars—of trusting in stasis.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.
Monday, July 28 2014
Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel.
Friday, July 25 2014
The Auteurs transcend the music of their time and place and subvert the notion of Britpop, Britishness, and the whole darkness of humanity.
Thursday, July 17 2014
"The rangers risk their lives every day because of their hope for the park, and the hope that this amazing place promises for Eastern Congo."
Monday, July 14 2014
"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.