Recent Features
20 Questions: Cowboy Mouth’s Fred LeBlanc

Does Cowboy Mouth’s maniacal drummer/lead singer Fred LeBlanc remind you of Animal from The Muppet Show?

READ more

27 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Murder, My Sweet

They might kick me out of the feminist club for this, but I love murder ballads, even the ones in which women get killed—though, to be fair, I am an equal opportunity advocate when it comes to a good killing narrative.

READ more
Todd Snider [East Nashville, TN]

After two decades of charting his own path through the music industry, Todd Snider is a musician on his own terms -- when he isn't being kidnapped by his friends and forced to write excellent albums.

READ more

22 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Songs in the Key of Rap

The relationship between singing and rapping has had a transforming effect on hip-hoppers and singers alike.

READ more

21 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

From Biker Dudes to True Colors: An Interview with the Cliks

Lucas Silveira has found himself in two worlds musically, and if that helps people come together, then he's satisfied.

READ more
Parents Just Don’t Understand

For every tween who raids his parents' record collection, there are 30 more who can't get in the family car without headphones plugged in to their own tunes.

READ more
Countrypolitik: What’s Right and What’s Left About Country Music

At a first glance, country music seems traditionally allied with the sort of down-home, small-town ethics and values touted by the Republicans. But the politics of country music has never been a simple red or blue.

READ more
Hats Off: An Interview with Roy Harper

Jimmy Page wrote a song about him. Paul and Linda McCartney sang back up for him. And now, after decades of languishing as "the longest running underground act in the world", Roy Harper is reissuing his entire catalogue to a world that may just finally be ready for him.

READ more
The Liberated Chameleon: An Interview With Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet may be several artists at once, but she's still just herself.

READ more
20 Questions: Mike Farris

Mike Farris, a man with a sweet but mighty tenor, talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about his little slice of Heaven, right here on Earth.

READ more
Blues Child: An Interview With Eli Cook

PopMatters talks with 21-year-old bluesman Eli Cook about cranking it up, turning it down, and balancing the expectations of different crowds.

READ more
Two Cow Garage [Columbus, Ohio]

After years of building a sound, a fan base, and scraping by in the music business, Two Cow Garage is (once again) poised on the edge of greatness with their upcoming release.

READ more

8 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Selling the Melody

From the lips of Melody Gardot -- heard in her swinging Cole Porter for an automobile -- there's another tentacle of jazz pushing forward, finding its way into our ears.

READ more

6 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

They Were on a Break: An Interview With the Feelies

The Feelies, the most plaintive and modest of the 1980s indie-breakout bands, wrung total pastoral bliss from a North Haledon garage for over a decade. Glenn Mercer reflects on the close of the band's initial run and looks at the promise of its reunion.

READ more
Uncool Rising: Why It’s OK to Listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival

Why is Creedence Clearwater Revival -- staple of classic-rock radio and formidable singles band -- the epitome of uncool in the eyes of some music separatists?

READ more
20 Questions: Nellie McKay

The fictional character most like 'schizophrenic voodoo' girl, Nellie McKay? A mix of Lassie, Scarlett O'Hara, Godzilla and Nancy Drew. These and other reveling facets of her character are discussed with PopMatters 20 Questions.

READ more
Sorta [Dallas, TX]

Turning the spotlight on a band that's come to an end may seem odd, but the release of Sorta's final album gives cause to mourn the loss of one of Dallas's greatest bands, and honor the memory of one of its most vital musicians.

READ more

30 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Lost Mystery of Record Collections

Since stacks of vinyl are quickly disappearing, is it possible that we will be handing our kids our old hard drives for them to look through or USB drives for them to play with?

READ more
“I See a Change in Me”: An Interview with Shannon McArdle

In this revealing and personal interview, McArdle discusses the events that lead her to write her confessional solo disc Summer of the Whore, and how this disc just may dictate the course of her life for years to come.

READ more
We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Heartbeat Props

The Digital Underground party has apparently come to an end. If so, we must acknowledge the group for more reasons than popularizing "The Humpty Dance".

READ more
More Recent Features
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

READ the article