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Wednesday, May 7 2014

The Top Ten Most Exciting British Artists Playing at the Great Escape 2014

With the European South by Southwest about to start in Brighton, PopMatters gives you the heads-up about the UK acts to keep an eye on over the coming year.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

Keep on Moving: A Conversation with the Horrors

Speaking just before the release of their new album Luminous, PopMatters talks to the British alt-pop heavyweights the Horrors about artistic progression, the need to escape your influences, and the terrifying tedium of East London.


Monday, May 5 2014

Hallelujah the Hills - ‘Have You Ever Done Something Evil?’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Have You Ever Done Something Evil?, the new album by Boston's Hallelujah the Hills.


Evocation of the Ancestors: An Interview with the Bad Plus

In tackling Stravinsky, the Bad Plus tell PopMatters how they've met their most interesting challenge yet.


Friday, May 2 2014

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

This is a portrait of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved for the prophets.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for May 2014

Get the early word on highly anticipated albums from tUnE-yArDs, Swans, and Owen Pallett, along with a comprehensive list of May's new releases.


The Past Always Runs Faster: An Interview with Will Stratton

He started out as a too-young folk prodigy, and evolved into an immaculate songsmith, before a severe cancer diagnosis left him fighting for his life. Now, Will Stratton is back in good health, but also with a new album reflecting his experience, Gray Lodge Wisdom, which is already one of the year's absolute best.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

Her Best Is Yet to Come: An Interview with Paulette McWilliams

Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Mathis all share one voice in common. Her name is Paulette McWilliams.


Tuesday, April 29 2014

Getting Naked, Playing with Guns: An Interview with Andrew Jackson Jihad

They started out as a fiery "folk-punk" outfit, but have drifted far away from such genre confinement. The band tells us about Nicholas Cage films, Temple Grandin, and why their new album is about not one, but multiple apocalypses.


Monday, April 28 2014

Wesley Wolfe - ‘Numbskull’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Numbskull, the latest power-pop nugget from North Carolina's Wesley Wolfe.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

Conquering Demons: A Conversation with Gazpacho’s Thomas Anderson

"If we were a soda, we’d be a soda with pepper and ginger." A humorous, insightful, and honest discussion with the founding keyboardist of Gazpacho, Norway's leading prog storytellers.


Monday, April 21 2014

More Beautiful Blues: An Interview with Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett

The Eels prime-mover answers questions about the band's new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, which follows the tradition of other tragedy-driven greats in his storied and beautifully sorrowful discography.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

Goldieblox vs. the Beastie Boys: A Parable on Permissions

When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Monday, April 14 2014

Rock the Cashbox: The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Sellout

How you can’t sell your soul to rock ‘n’ roll because it has already sold its soul... There once was a time during the new Age of Aquarius when the length of someone’s hair meant more than the balance in their bank account.


Wednesday, April 9 2014

Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila

With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with ‘A Dotted Line’

PopMatters got an advance listen to the new recording from the "newgrass" sensation -- and an interview with guitarist Sean Watkins.


Monday, April 7 2014

Smaller Moments: An Interview with Wild Cub

Composer and Wild Cub frontman Keegan DeWitt talks the differences between pop songcraft and film scoring, what it means to grow up, and how life's smaller moments always last longer than the big ones.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

Rage Against the Mundane: An Interview with Protomartyr

PopMatters talks to Protomartyr's frontman Joe Casey about his band's working class roots, the pros and cons of making music in Detroit and his fascination with spinning cultural flotsam into surreal narratives.


Friday, March 28 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for April 2014

April's "Listening Ahead" offers some early impressions of the month's most intriguing albums, including new releases by the Afghan Whigs, Wye Oak, and Cloud Nothings.


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