Tuesday, June 25 2013
After becoming one of the most successful classical crossover artists of all time, Sarah Brightman has set her ambitions skyward, talking to PopMatters about her new album Dreamchaser and the practicalities of actually performing in space (no, really).
Monday, June 24 2013
Pearl Jam. Temple of the Dog. Mother Love Bone. Stone Gossard's career is nothing short of iconic. With the release of his first solo album in 12 years, the man himself speaks to PopMatters about creating with his daughter, adjusting to social media, and the chances of a Temple of the Dog reunion.
Sunday, June 23 2013
Speaking just before the release of the band's new album Wilderness, the lyric-writing half of the Handsome Family discusses ecstatic visions, immortal jellyfish, and the old, weird America.
Thursday, June 20 2013
The final installment of PopMatters' Performer Spotlight on the women of 20 Feet from Stardom is a lesson in the power of love; Darlene Love that is.
Revealing how music mediates both the ideology and the lived experience of race, Hidden in the Mix challenges the status of country music as "the white man’s blues."
Wednesday, June 19 2013
Claudia Lennear vanished from music. Morgan Neville found her. 20 Feet from Stardom connects the dots.
Tuesday, June 18 2013
Judith Hill represents the new guard in 20 Feet from Stardom, showing the world just how much the music business has changed for background singers.
Darkwave luminary Lycia had its 1996 album, Cold, issued on LP for the first time recently, and with the band's first full-length in a decade due for release in August, Cold's reappearance is a timely reminder of Lycia's legacy in the sphere of bewitchingly mournful music.
Monday, June 17 2013
It's been awhile since we have come across a young solo singer/songwriter that stops us in our tracks, so we were thrilled to record a session with Our Griffins, the project from musician DJ Brown.
Why do Mick, Sting, and Tina cast the spotlight on Lisa Fischer? As 20 Feet from Stardom reveals, she knows how to stop time.
PopMatters is pleased to premiere Singles by North Carolina underground heroes Spider Bags.
Sunday, June 16 2013
As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.
Tuesday, June 11 2013
Following his time with the legendary Drive-By Truckers and garnering huge accolades for his last effort, Jason Isbell decided to strip things down on his dark, personal new album, and tells PopMatters about its creation and what it's like to have that "hit" everyone wants you to play.
Monday, June 10 2013
The Collection 1967-1970 is a brilliant set that allows us to look at Scott Walker's early years as a solo artist. But none of this clarifies our understanding of him. Instead, it confirms the big questions of identity his music has always posed.
Sunday, June 9 2013
You'll kick yourself for not blasting these prog masterpieces sooner. These pieces represent their creators' highest level of artistic ambition and self-indulgence, and they're often declared the group's best composition.
Thursday, June 6 2013
Is Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, Japanoise? Is it even music at all?
Wednesday, June 5 2013
In 1998, Seattle rock group Harvey Danger had a hit song with "Flagpole Sitta", a hyper-literate alt-rock dissection of the stupidity of the modern age. They were written off as one-hit-wonders. Two years later, they released one of the best albums of the decade. No, really.
Tuesday, June 4 2013
After a devastating divorce, Josh Ritter wasn't sure how to proceed: write angry songs? Turn to drink? It was a dark period, but the striking Beast in Its Tracks is a powerful, rather hopeful document that has gained much notice, and Ritter speaks to PopMatters all about it.
PopMatters is pleased to premiere This Is Another Life, the stunning new album by Case Studies.
Sunday, June 2 2013
After dealing with the critical praise and downfall of Interpol, Sam Fogarino hooked up with one of the key players in Secret Machines and, under the name of EmptyMansions, made something quite special, different, and even a bit unexpected ...