Wednesday, May 8 2013
Karl Hyde's new album consolidates Underworld's lyrical themes through his own unique sense of place, crafting an album which celebrates a generation of British "un-identity". Here, Hyde discusses the album in vivid detail, including his fascination with cities, and the cultural schizophrenia of the modern generation.
Tuesday, May 7 2013
Wrapping folky strums around buoyant pop hooks, the Lighthouse & the Whaler are quickly picking up steam and gaining notice. In this in-depth discussion with PopMatters, frontman Michael LoPresti discusses the art of the album, the state of the industry, and the love-it-or-hate-it nature of their live shows.
Drummer Pat Thetic waxes on Anti-Flag's two-decade run as the most political band in music. Then the band blasts us with a barnburner show at LA's Troubadour.
Monday, May 6 2013
They were big in Australia, but as politics slowly began to inform their lyrics, the band soon began taking off worldwide, and now, with an epic two-disc retrospective out, Rob Hirst walks us through Midnight Oil's entire career, and what a journey it is.
Sunday, May 5 2013
PopMatters premieres Suchness, the debut album by trans-Pacific duo We Are Loud Whispers.
PopMatters premieres Sun Moon, the latest from Bay Area indie-pop vets the Orange Peels.
With their culturally tied blend of eccentricity, intricacy, conceptuality, power, and catchiness, the Mars Volta left an indelible mark on the music industry with its six-album legacy.
Thursday, May 2 2013
Get the scoop on the latest albums by Vampire Weekend, Savages, and Deerhunter, as well as an extensive list of May's new releases.
Wednesday, May 1 2013
What started as a collection of songs for a class project in Engilsh has turned into a career that has garnered comparisons to the wounded-soul recordings of Elliott Smith. Now, Denison Witmer celebrates his new album with a 20 Questions feature full of profound insight for songwriters.
Tuesday, April 30 2013
His second album was called Vol. 1. He's retiring the Young Man moniker given that he's getting older. Yet songwriting wunderkid Colin Caulfield is more than such simple plays on words: he's a DIY bedroom composer who is finishing his last album as Young Man, and tells PopMatters all about it.
Armin van Buuren sat down for an interview before his sold-out New York City "'A State of Trance 600" show, where compatriots Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz would be debuting their project New World Punx, to discuss Intense.
Sunday, April 28 2013
Tobin Sprout has been one of the most important songwriting voices for a long while, part of Guided By Voices' "classic lineup" if you will. Now, with the band's fourth post-reunion album just getting released, Sprout talks to PopMatters about why he left the band to begin with, being inspired by Brian Epstein's death, and his surprising side-career with children's literature.
Thursday, April 25 2013
Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.
Wednesday, April 24 2013
After having released an EP of "psychic" music, Matmos are back with even more expansive results on their latest full-length, and talk to PopMatters about sensory deprivation, Buzzcocks covers, and how they managed to make this album despite not really being musicians ...
Tuesday, April 23 2013
Though it’s earned the tagline, “Norway’s This Is Spinal Tap”, Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced is far more subtle than that, and much closer in tone to BBC’s The Office.
Monday, April 22 2013
We should have more thinking in our writing, even if it slows the normal process of reading to a useful crawl. Intellectual death has already claimed the distracted reader. May vital writers and their dwindling audiences always remain one paragraph ahead of the goon squad.
Sunday, April 21 2013
He started out as a teenage drummer in punk bands, and is now using his lush sense of symphonic melodies to score films, TV shows, and create haunting music of his own. With his new album drawing raves, the one and only Ólafur Arnalds speaks to PopMatters ...
Thursday, April 18 2013
A country traditionalist that stands out with own unique brand of slow-burn ballads, critical favorite Ortega discusses her new album, touching on the secret Nashville scene of alt-country up-and-comers, and why Social Distortion's fans prove genre differences aren't as vital as we're led to believe.
Tuesday, April 16 2013
On 7 May, Gama Bomb will release their fourth album, The Terror Tapes, in North America. Ahead of this, PopMatters caught up with Gama Bomb's affable mouth-mouth comedian, Philly Byrne, to discuss the struggles around creating the new album, singing fast, the band's recent departure from Earache, being a geek and his hopes for The Terror Tapes.
When Kevin Drew co-founded Arts & Crafts, his label was intended simply as a way to get out the music of his band, Broken Social Scene. Now, ten years later, Drew gives PopMatters an unflinching look at the ups and downs of running one of the most influential labels out there today.