Tuesday, July 9 2013
Over a decade after the tragic loss of their frontman, a devoted fan base and a high-profile U2/Green Day cover helped put Big Country right back on the map, and for the first new album in years, Bruce Watson walks through every step of this truly amazing Journey.
Monday, July 8 2013
An oral history of Detroit and its music told by the people who were on the stage, in the clubs, the practice rooms, studios, and in the audience, blasting the music out and soaking it up, in every scene from 1967 to today.
PopMatters talks with lead screamer George Clarke of Deafheaven about his band's creative process, his writing influences, and the simultaneous allure and darkness of the pursuit of wealth in the Bay Area.
Sunday, July 7 2013
Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...
Monday, July 1 2013
While Dinah Shore, Duke Ellington, and the Andrew Sisters entertained civilians and G.I.s with swing and boogie-woogie, Fauser shows it was classical music that truly distinguished musical life in the wartime United States.
All of these bands covered reflect the Age of Aquarius rotting, with their twisted psychedelia or progressive rock, doom-laden or whirlwind riffing, or dissonant arrangements; and you can hear their echo throughout heavy metal’s many sub-genres today.
Sunday, June 30 2013
Legions of underground musical legends litter the heavy rock graveyard, and this feature surveys a horde of those rowdy rockers.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
The heavy rock superstars of the late '60s and early '70s who inspired and nurtured metal's burgeoning years are all well known. However, there are innumerable more obscure or unheralded groups that fortified the heavy metal machine too, and many are infinitely more interesting than their more famous brethren.
Sunday, June 23 2013
Mipham, a Tibetan lama who is somewhat akin to a Gen-X version of the Dalai Lama, is the leader of the international Shambhala organization. His presence in the Bay Area is viewed as rare and auspicious.
Thursday, June 20 2013
The final installment of PopMatters' Performer Spotlight on the women of 20 Feet from Stardom is a lesson in the power of love; Darlene Love that is.
Revealing how music mediates both the ideology and the lived experience of race, Hidden in the Mix challenges the status of country music as "the white man’s blues."
Wednesday, June 19 2013
Claudia Lennear vanished from music. Morgan Neville found her. 20 Feet from Stardom connects the dots.
Monday, June 17 2013
Why do Mick, Sting, and Tina cast the spotlight on Lisa Fischer? As 20 Feet from Stardom reveals, she knows how to stop time.
Sunday, June 16 2013
As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.
Friday, June 14 2013
Who are the Mythbusters? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take time off the set of Mythbusters to answer Gillette's challenge of "How Does He Shave?" And in a discussion with PopMatters, the Mythbusters get to the heart of why they make popular culture, and why it matters.
Monday, June 10 2013
George R.R. Martin's series looks and feels like a historical drama, except the audience doesn't know how the story will turn out. Martin's 'fantasy' is preoccupied with power -- its relations, differentials and dynamics -- because he's interested in the way 'history' is really made.
Thursday, June 6 2013
Is Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, Japanoise? Is it even music at all?
Sunday, June 2 2013
After dealing with the critical praise and downfall of Interpol, Sam Fogarino hooked up with one of the key players in Secret Machines and, under the name of EmptyMansions, made something quite special, different, and even a bit unexpected ...
Wednesday, May 29 2013
She's been called "dream folk", and at one point even "Narco-folk", but Marissa Nadler simply continues doing what she's doing best: crafting the arc-based, personality-driven songs that have become her trademark, and also talks to PopMatters about that eternal debate of Joni Mitchell vs. Riot Grrrl, of course.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
Nosound mastermind Giancarlo Erra discusses his music, inspirations, and method of melancholic creation and direction.