Sunday, January 1 1995
Our society assumes that musicians want to maintain their celebrity for infinity, and are constantly working to keep their place in the limelight. For Xiu Xiu, the recent surge in popularity has Jamie Stewart making big plans...for grad school. Is a break-up in the works?
At this point, the Wrens' backstory - major label woes, six years without and album and all - has become something of a legend in indie rock circuits. But what's less discussed is what it takes to survive a half-decade plus hiatus - and apparently, the answer is a white collar career. PopMatters investigates.
After having suffered through the pressures and losses of the past seven years and labored on their album in practical anonymity, the Wrens have hit the ground running.
Former member of the wildly successful '90s boy band New Kids on the Block Danny Wood chats with Nikki Tratner about his trek back into the spotlight.
While it might not make perfect sense right off the bat, Slug and Murs have made a good fit with their new rock label and artists Vox Vermillion.
A middle-aged man with a heart full of songs makes a career change and leaves an indelible print on pop music. Over 30 years later, he's still Bill Withers. And thank goodness for that.
EDGAR WINTERThe Best of Edgar WinterEpic/Sony Legacy7 May 2002 Imagine what it was like back in the old days, when the Winter brothers first dropped
'I'm concerned with selling my magazine and doing it with integrity.' Elliott Wilson, editor-in-chief of XXL Magazine, wants his props for rising to the top of the music publishing world, and oh yeah, please buy the compilation CD.
PopMatters converses with the lengendary, often controversial, poet-cum-prophet Saul Williams.
A Flugel, an Echoplex, and a Winnebago: Keller Williams explains which of these is not like the other ones.
'America needs to get a little less anal, 'cause you got kids fighting this big war, supposedly dying, and you're gonna get upset over shit, fuck, and goddamn? Come on! It's 2006. Get fucking real -- wake up, grow up, catch on to some of the European ways, and quit being so goddamn uptight.' PopMatters kicks her boots off for a balls-out natter with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hank III.
For folkie Dar Williams, it's not about a fast zip to the top of the charts. PopMatters music critic Jennifer Bendery talks with her about keeping her stamina.
MTV's runaway reality hit 'Making The Band 2' has been a guilty pleasure for millions of Americans for nearly two years. PopMatters caught up with Jason Wiley in between meetings at the Bad Boy headquarters.
He's not known for honesty, but on Yoni Wolf's new album, he's not taking the piss.
In light of his upcoming film, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, White reflects on the elusive identity of the American South, impromptu communal joy, and the tenacity of self-consciousness.
West Indian Girl, after a lengthy studio process, heads out to take on the world.
PopMatters music critic Matt Gonzales digs deep to find out what makes Ween evil to the core - and good to the last drop.
Abigail Washburn reflects on the two worlds that inform her art.
Two drummers? A sound reminiscent of Swinging London? An evasive lead singer? PopMatters sets out to determine the myths and truths about mystery-rockers the Warlocks.
These Brooklyn softies are in great danger every day.