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Tuesday, August 19 2014

Johnnyswim Love Their Place in the World

The duo Amber Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez live, die, and make music with the overarching theme of gratefulness.


The Blissful Simplicity of Indie Rock

The goal of indie rock is to make something real, even at the expense of decades of music tradition.


Monday, August 18 2014

Wig in a Nutshell: An Interview with Stephen Trask Co-Creator of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

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

Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings

The story of country music told through hit records by Hank Williams, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and many others.


The Eyes Have It: An Interview with LP

Equal parts swagger and sway, LP is a rock star, in the truest sense.... like the love child of David Bowie and Patti Smith.


Thursday, August 14 2014

Bruce Cockburn’s 1968: Electrocution to Revolution

Being in the orbit of a group of eccentric artists helped to create a transformative year for Cockburn that would further his path toward becoming a world renowned solo artist.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

What Is and What Will Always Be: A Fresh Look at Led Zeppelin’s Familiar Masterpieces

With the exception of the Beatles, no other band has loomed quite so large as Led Zeppelin, to the extent that we’ll never run out of things to say: good, bad and great.


Monday, August 11 2014

Living on Wit: An Interview with Vashti Bunyan

Nine years after Lookaftering, Vashti Bunyan returns with Heartleap, a joy-filled album that may be her last.


Thursday, August 7 2014

Another Jewel in the Crown: An Interview with Ruby’s Lesley Rankine

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

Seasick, But Still Floating: Blur and ‘The Great Escape’

Blur's masterpiece The Great Escape examines the costs—for young lovers or pop stars—of trusting in stasis.


Monday, August 4 2014

They’ll Be Alright: An Interview with Will Oldham and Emmett Kelly

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang decided to record a song for a 1971 surf documentary soundtrack. Things only get stranger from there.


Friday, August 1 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for August 2014

Get advance word on new offerings from Spoon, J Mascis, and Pallbearer, plus an extensive list of August's new releases.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins

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

Storm in a Teacup: An Interview with Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski

Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel.


The 18 Ways of Beginning and Ending an Album

Whether by chance or by careful planning, there is an observable pattern to intros and outros in albums. PopMatters breaks down 18 of them.


Friday, July 25 2014

The Music Playground Presents: The Two Man Gentlemen Band Live on PopMatters

Two Men. Eight Strings. Those are the base ingredients in a party when we’re discussing Andy Bean and Fuller Condon, aka The Two Man Gentlemen Band.


Just Hate Nostalgia: Revisiting the Misanthropic Genius of Luke Haines

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 24 2014

“I Never Believed in Background Music”: Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes

Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

A Tragedy Wanting to Happen: Death and Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is both sculpted by pain and feels creatively defined by it. Her recent feud with the Guardian, however, reveals that she is not entirely lost.


Tuesday, July 22 2014

Merge’s Silver Age: 25 Essential Albums Over 25 Years

To mark Merge Records' silver anniversary, PopMatters picked 25 memorable albums that help tell the label's remarkable history.


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