Sunday, January 1 1995
In the new New South of hip-hop, Bubba Sparxxx is banking on a mixture of contemplation and club-hopping to make his third album, The Charm, true to its name.
Almost exactly a year ago, a brief message appeared on the official At the Drive-In site. Citing total physical and mental exhaustion, the band cancelled
Russell Mael shows why Sparks have lived on the fringes of musical culture for the better part of their 25-plus-year career.
One half of the legendary pop duo Sparks, Russell Mael spent time talking with PopMatters music critic Ari Lauren about their influences, their new record, and the legacy they've left.
Having gone through internal fighting and external challenges, the Swedish retro-rock act hits the road.
Frontman Dave Pirner discusses loss, music, and how their new album The Silver Lining has Soul Asylum back in the rock 'n' roll game.
One of rock's most iconic women talks about music, art, the quick genesis of Sonic Youth's 20th album, and why she doesn't worry too much about how people perceive her.
The Smoosh sisters give us an inside view of life as indie's youngest act.
Bill Callahan modestly explains his place in music and lexicography.
Another ego-driven lead singer with a team of puppets that front as a 'band?' Think again. PopMatters talks with drummer Malcolm Clark of the Sleepy Jackson to figure out who else is contributing to the band's enigmatic sound.
Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny talks about the acoustic blues, raw psyche, and transfiguring rivers that shaped his new album The Sun Awakens.
VHS or Beta's Mark Palgy feels good to not have to be all business.
Mates of State go from inception to conception (and beyond).
Ambulance LTD's Darren Beckett just wants a free hat and a new album.
We gave our correspondent Eddie Ciminelli a tough job for the Siren Music Festival on July 16 in Coney Island. We asked him spend a day in the sun listening to music and drinking free beer. And, oh yeah, if you come across any bands, say hi to them for us. Amid the festivities, Eddie managed to sit down with three of the festival's more engaging acts -- pop duo Mates of State, dance-rockers VHS or Beta, and Brooklyn's own Ambulance LTD -- as they take a deep breath (and some swag) from the festival.
Here's a shocker -- Ashlee Simpson is lovely. She spoke to PopMatters recently about critics, Chrissie Hynde, and finding solace in the arms of friends.
The Silver Jews' David Berman on secret tapes and a mission from God.
Shout Out Louds singer Adam Olenius uses his inside voice.
Michelle Shocked does it her way, and if she wants a threesome, you won't stop her.
Throughout my conversation with John Paul Jones, one word kept popping up again and again: 'freedom'.