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Monday, December 16 2013

Edging Toward the Mainstream: Extreme Music in 2013

By breaking previous genre constraints, Deafheaven and its peers have created a new template, with strangeness no longer the selling the point for extreme music.


Friday, December 13 2013

The Best Electronic Music of 2013

Above all, 2013 was a year when electronic music's cream of the crop did what they do best and left no one wanting for more.


Thursday, December 12 2013

The Top 10 Overlooked Albums of 2013

So now we go back and look at the records we maybe missed when we sped through the year, back to great dream-pop records from January, or great rock records from the spring, or great rap records we're still figuring out.


The Best R&B of 2013

The best R&B albums of 2013 feature long-time stalwarts and compelling new voices.


Wednesday, December 11 2013

“Crumbs on the Trail”: A Conversation with Nora Guthrie About Her Father, Woody Guthrie

With a newly uncovered collection of songs Woody Guthrie recorded for the government, his daughter Nora talks about who he really was, what she learns from the scholars that come in, and how Woody could write five songs a day.


The Best Americana of 2013

Our list for 2013 is predictably diverse, ranging from progressive newgrass to tradition-minded country to old-time acoustic to California canyon rock to psych folk to singer-songwriter and all points between.


Tuesday, December 10 2013

The Best Country Music of 2013

What's going to be most often said or written about the year in country music, 2013? That it was the "year of the woman" in a Nashville that's still a man's world after all.


The Best Hip-Hop of 2013

Jewel running, megalomania, acid rap, and sasquatches -- hip-hop continues to surprise in 2013.


Thursday, December 5 2013

The Best Indie-Pop of 2013

In 2013, the best indie-pop felt like "secret music" meant for our ears only and, at the same time, like we're being pulled into a community.


Wednesday, December 4 2013

The Best Progressive Rock (and Metal) of 2013

This year saw the release of some of the best modern progressive music from a wide array of subgenres and idiosyncratic approaches.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

Searching For the Old(er) Soul Rebel: An Interview with Dexys’ Kevin Rowland

Following the US release of new Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar, Kevin Rowland talks about why it took so long to get back in the studio, the benefits of meditation, and why he's not your friend.


The Best Indie Rock of 2013

It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.


Wednesday, November 27 2013

Purify: An Interview with Placebo

Placebo have been a cult band of reknown for years, but even after all this time, they are trying new things like taking guitars out of some songs completely, turning down offers to make more money, and loving their process more than ever.


Black Vinyl: Confessions of a Music Collector

When I touched a copy of the Beatles’ Rarities from The Odd, Older Man’s box of records, the hair stood on the back of my neck.


Monday, November 25 2013

Okay, Let’s Talk About Magic: An Interview with Fuck Buttons

Not many noise/electronic duos get their music featured in the Olympics, but Fuck Buttons aren't any ordinary group, and they talk to PopMatters about their big gold medal moment, their new album, and so much more.


Mixturam Metallum VII: Fall 2013 Metal Releases

Welcome to another edition of Mixtarum Metallum. Heavy tunes aplenty have their best features amplified and illuminated here, and there's sure to be something to add to the naughty list just waiting to be discovered.


Friday, November 22 2013

Mama Rosin Explodes the Myth That the Swiss Got No Grit

Mama Rosin is breathing new life into Cajun and zydeco, and this from a group an ocean and a continent away from the music’s origins in southwest Louisiana.


Thursday, November 21 2013

“A Keyhole View of Our Goofy World”: Kristin Hersh on ‘Purgatory / Paradise’

Expecting the unexpected has always been a good way to go about experiencing Throwing Muses' music. But if there's a constant to the beloved band and its leader Kristin Hersh, it's that she follows her own, well, muse, as she explains in an interview with PopMatters.


Wednesday, November 20 2013

Wild Melancholy: An Interview with Zachary Cale

Zachary Cale may know everything you'd want to know about the fingerings and folk-picking styles of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell, but he's not interested in recording historical artifacts.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

The Heavenly Reverberations of the Church’s “Under the Milky Way”

Into 1988's pop music climate came “Under the Milky Way”, a moody, jangly song that didn’t fit in. Its closest contemporaries were R.E.M. and the local “paisley underground” scene of Los Angeles, which included bands like the Bangles and Rain Parade.


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