Tuesday, January 21 2014
Repeated listens to Enter the Wu-Tang reminds us that not one of the eight heads of this Voltron raps with more consistency, versatility, and power than Inspectah Deck.
Monday, January 20 2014
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.
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 17 2014
On her latest album, Martha Redbone harvests soul food from the poems of William Blake, and tells PopMatters all about the emotional, powerful journey she went on to get there.
Wednesday, January 15 2014
Given the anticipation level and lack of pre-release availability, Yeezus offered a perfect test case for the nagging question: How has the model of digital media changed the amount of time music critics spend with the records they’re assessing?
Monday, January 13 2014
PopMatters premieres the self-titled debut by Hard Working Americans, the new full-band project spearheaded by singer-songwriter Todd Snider.
Friday, January 10 2014
As the record release schedule wakes up from its year-end hibernation, so too does "Listening Ahead" to cover a strong slate of eagerly anticipated early 2014 albums.
Thursday, January 9 2014
This year is already looking like it'll be filled with great music releases and new artists destined to push the boundaries of their respective genres.
Friday, January 3 2014
From genre-busting electronic music to new highs for the polygot that is "Americana"... from R&B to metal... from hip-hop to rockin' and poppin' indie... 2013 was a great year for new music.
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.
Thursday, January 2 2014
From unforeseen comebacks to heretofore unknown new acts, much of 2013's best noise-rock often came out of nowhere.
Wednesday, January 1 2014
PopMatters lets the artists become the critics, giving them a chance to offer their picks from music and pop culture in 2013. Part 3 features PopMatters favorites the Pastels, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Windhand.
Tuesday, December 31 2013
PopMatters lets the artists become the critics, giving them a chance to offer their picks from music and pop culture in 2013. Part 2 features PopMatters favorites Ha Ha Tonka, Medicine, and the Notwist.
Monday, December 30 2013
In the four years since mixtapes became anything but a mix on tape, rap listeners have grown accustomed to the idea that not only should they feel like a brand new album, but also that they should probably be better than the product you pay for.
PopMatters lets the artists become the critics, giving them a chance to offer their picks from music and pop culture in 2013. Part 1 features PopMatters favorites Zachary Cale, Dum Dum Girls, and Robbie Fulks.
Friday, December 27 2013
It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Blooody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.
Bands across metal's subgenres reached their full potential, be they acts coming into their own, making crowd-pleasing comebacks, or even bowing out at the top of their game.
Thursday, December 26 2013
Spanning genres from electro/synth-pop, indie-dance, nu-disco, to house music territories, what's on the list of 2013's best dance singles isn't just a popularity contest.
Wednesday, December 25 2013
In bluegrass circles, 2013 was a year that welcomed the rise of talented upstarts, the return to form of masters, and collaborations among the best in the business.
Tuesday, December 24 2013
How do we reconcile the joyous holiday season with a nagging sensation that it might not be as jolly as it should be?