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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 ...


Monday, January 27 2014

Nothing Shocking: The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Was this a great broadcast? It hasn't been for years. But quite frankly, the Grammy Awards may very well turn into a consistently solid event if they just focus on the performance styles that work and slightly retool their format.


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.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Inspectah Deck: Wu-Tang’s Unsung Hero

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

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 17 2014

Tales from Black Mountain: A Conversation with Martha Redbone

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

The Year of the Overnight Release: How Much Time Should a Critic Get?

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

Now Hear This!: Hard Working Americans - ‘Hard Working Americans’ (album premiere)

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

Listening Ahead: Anticipated Releases for Early 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

The Best Hopes to Break Out in 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

The 75 Best Albums of 2013

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.


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.


Thursday, January 2 2014

The Best Noise Rock of 2013

From unforeseen comebacks to heretofore unknown new acts, much of 2013's best noise-rock often came out of nowhere.


Wednesday, January 1 2014

The Artists Pick the Best of 2013, Part 3

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

The Artists Pick the Best of 2013, Part 2

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

The Best Mixtapes of 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.


The Artists Pick the Best of 2013, Part 1

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

The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

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.


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