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Monday, February 17 2014

White Jumpsuits, Catsuited Babes, Pornstaches and Other Joys of ‘70s Sci-Fi Television

As the idealism of the ‘60s congealed into the malaise of the ‘70s, TV offered us small bands of forlorn humans in tight suits, roaming the stars. These are the “the starlost shows”.


Friday, January 31 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for February 2014

Catch an early glimpse at some of February's standout releases, including new albums from St. Vincent, Neneh Cherry, and the Notwist.


Tuesday, January 28 2014

No Medicine for Regret: An Interview with Mogwai

One of the most compelling indie-rock titans out there today, the intriguingly-titled Rave Tapes proves to be yet another fascinating red herring, and the band tells us about the album's development, running a label with a cadre of artists, and oh so much more ...


Thursday, January 23 2014

Eastern Dragons Meet Western Tigers: Wu-Tang Clan’s Debut Helped Asian Films Find a New Audience

Quentin Tarantino himself arguably wouldn’t have been so emboldened to make the Kill Bill films without that fire set forth by the Wu’s debut.


Wednesday, January 22 2014

“I Feel Like I’m Going to Be Able to Do Everything”: An Interview with Sharon Jones

Following some high-profile collaborations and soundtrack features, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings suffered through two deaths and a devastating cancer diagnosis. Jones talks about surviving such hardships and now, her most anticipated album to date.


Monday, January 20 2014

Beware Soaring Yarmulkes! Jon Madof and Zion8 Are Making World Music for a New World

With Zion80, Jon Madof is not making a departure so much as a logical, if inspired, continuation of the ground he’s covered the past decade.


‘This Crisis Has Given Us Power… It’s Time To Use It’: An Interview with Savages

We speak with the intellectually-minded Jehnny Beth of Savages about gigs and the use of phones, while also discussing Throbbing Gristle, Alan Moore and Surrealist Manifestos.


Friday, January 3 2014

The 75 Best Songs of 2013

From the electro-dance of Daft Punk, Disclosure and Rudimental and the boundary-pushing R&B of Janelle Monae and John Newman to the warm sounds of Americana blossoming into the hippest sounds in American music and the always-compelling Kanye West, PopMatters counts down 2013's 75 best songs.


Tuesday, December 10 2013

The Best Country Music of 2013

What's going to be most often said or written about the year in country music, 2013? That it was the "year of the woman" in a Nashville that's still a man's world after all.


The Best Hip-Hop of 2013

Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.


Friday, December 6 2013

The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America

Eminent criminologists make a compelling case for why America's 40 year embrace of the punitive spirit has been morally bankrupt and endangered public safety.


Thursday, December 5 2013

The Best Indie-Pop of 2013

In 2013, the best indie-pop felt like "secret music" meant for our ears only and, at the same time, like we're being pulled into a community.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

Searching For the Old(er) Soul Rebel: An Interview with Dexys’ Kevin Rowland

Following the US release of new Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar, Kevin Rowland talks about why it took so long to get back in the studio, the benefits of meditation, and why he's not your friend.


The Best Indie Rock of 2013

It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.


Wednesday, November 27 2013

Purify: An Interview with Placebo

Placebo have been a cult band of reknown for years, but even after all this time, they are trying new things like taking guitars out of some songs completely, turning down offers to make more money, and loving their process more than ever.


Black Vinyl: Confessions of a Music Collector

When I touched a copy of the Beatles’ Rarities from The Odd, Older Man’s box of records, the hair stood on the back of my neck.


Monday, November 25 2013

Okay, Let’s Talk About Magic: An Interview with Fuck Buttons

Not many noise/electronic duos get their music featured in the Olympics, but Fuck Buttons aren't any ordinary group, and they talk to PopMatters about their big gold medal moment, their new album, and so much more.


Thursday, November 21 2013

“A Keyhole View of Our Goofy World”: Kristin Hersh on ‘Purgatory / Paradise’

Expecting the unexpected has always been a good way to go about experiencing Throwing Muses' music. But if there's a constant to the beloved band and its leader Kristin Hersh, it's that she follows her own, well, muse, as she explains in an interview with PopMatters.


Wednesday, November 20 2013

Wild Melancholy: An Interview with Zachary Cale

Zachary Cale may know everything you'd want to know about the fingerings and folk-picking styles of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell, but he's not interested in recording historical artifacts.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

The Heavenly Reverberations of the Church’s “Under the Milky Way”

Into 1988's pop music climate came “Under the Milky Way”, a moody, jangly song that didn’t fit in. Its closest contemporaries were R.E.M. and the local “paisley underground” scene of Los Angeles, which included bands like the Bangles and Rain Parade.


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