Recent Features
“There Are No Half-Measures”: An Interview with the Zombies’ Rod Argent

How many rock stars have opened the World Cup, performed with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Who, created two distinct and massively successful rock bands and released an album of classical music? One. Rod Argent is back to talk about the past, present and future of the Zombies.

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“The Closer I Look”: A Conversation with Small Black

Recovering from a devastating loss at the hands of Hurricane Sandy, Small Black's Josh Kolenik crafted not only his best record, but also one inspired by his loss, his affinity for Blue Nile records, and, of course, '70s American cinema.

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Moon Taxi Marries Person and Professional On ‘Daybreaker’

Once known primarily for its live shows, Moon Taxi continues its glide toward become an established--and memorable--studio band.

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As Long as There’s Fire: David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ to ‘The Next Day’

Forty years after "Heroes", we discover the doomed couple wasn’t so doomed after all, those declarations of love weren’t as futile as we thought, and there are indeed heroes to be found.

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Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC

A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.

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29 Oct 2015 // 10:02 AM

Seeing Traces With Son Volt’s Jay Farrar

As Rhino Records prepares to release the 20th anniversary set of Son Volt’s classic debut, Farrar relives the success of Trace.

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Part Past Part Fiction: A Conversation with the Chills’ Martin Phillipps

Martin Phillipps discusses his struggles as well as his creative reawakening and his newest album, Silver Bullets, a record that's been in the works some form or another for nearly two decades.

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27 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

“Music Is Colorblind”: An Interview with MFBTY

As one of Korea's biggest rap groups, MFBTY still strive for a universal themes relatable to a worldwide audience, and with Wondaland, they may reach their biggest audience yet.

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All in a Day’s Work: The Kurt Vile Interview

In the midst of supporting new album b'lieve i'm goin' down, Kurt Vile talks about family, inspiration, and blue-collar life (Philly style).

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We’re Not Groupies, We’re Band-Aids: How the Fans Loved and Destroyed One Direction

The millions of young women in One Direction's fan base both made the band -- and made sure that they would never be artists in their own right.

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The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’—But Oh, That Magic Feeling, Nowhere to Go

Abbey Road still fills me with the sense of wonder and fascination it did when listening to it over and over on my dad’s turntable.

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Turnpike Troubadours Return with Intimate New Album and Talk with PopMatters

Recorded at former chicken farm north of San Francisco, the new release from Turnpike Troubadours seems like the one that will finally solidify the group's reputation as the best of its kind. And one member says it all comes down to getting what you deserve.

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Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Behaviour’ 25 Years Later

Behaviour is an important album with incisive songwriting and mature, sophisticated arrangements. The gamut of human emotion running through the fabric of 10 songs that are highly polished and real. It’s due for a serious reassessment.

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21 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Darius Jones, Jazz Bohemian

With his new collaboration with French singer Emilie Lesbros, Darius Jones cements his position as a brilliant, model jazz musician in the new century.

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Ratatat’s Intuitive Creative Process: “It Just Feels Right”

When you're a duo of instrumental guitar beatsmiths who start headlining festivals in Poland, you know you're on to something good. Even more amazing though? How Ratatat's new album features the band's first-ever cover song (and the story behind it).

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19 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Auto-Tune In or Out?

Those who would doubt the influence of music technology on the development of pop music need to remember that rock music would not be possible without the invention of the electric guitar.

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The Young Turk: Kamufle’s Basement-Deep Hip-Hop

In his full proper debut album, Turkish rapper Kamufle creates brilliant soundscapes that evoke the vibrant and animated colours of graffiti art, where daisy-age hip-hop meets an Eastern sensibility.

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15 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

Good Christian Bad Girls: Britney Spears and Lana Del Rey

Both Lana Del Rey and Britney Spears have walked the line between virgin coquette and sexual object, and the similarities between them suggest Del Rey has taken up Spears’ mantle of good girl gone bad.

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Running From Sane: An Interview with Adult Swim’s Jason DeMarco

Jason DeMarco is the man behind Adult Swim's Singles Program, was instrumental in getting Run the Jewels together, and still geeks out over Slayer. DangerDoom's album just turned 10, Singles Program 2015 just finished, and DeMarco looks back on all of it with PopMatters.

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Ryan Adams by Taylor Swift: Authoring ‘1989’

Even if you've never heard Swift's original performances, you're hearing them when you listen to Ryan Adams perform 1989.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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