Sunday, January 1 1995
Low's bassist talks to PopMatters about the band's current sound and approach.
Low's new album shows a dramatic shift and sound, and Alan Sparhawk's here to explain.
As Alan Sparhawk himself points out, a lot of people listen to Low and hear pretty much one thing: 'depressing music'. Low is simply more subtle than most, favouring tone, delivery, texture, and the relationship between sounds and silence over bombastic angst or capitulations of volume or rhythm.
Like their namesake, Louis XIV likes control and digs the physical side of life.
PopMatters music critic Michael Christopher talks with Local H's Scott Lucas about the clouded history of Daniels' departure, why politics and rock never quite mix, and what George W. Bush has in common with Macaulay Culkin.
Three rowdy brothers from St. Louis have curious first names, a mission statement, and a propensity to get kicked out of county fairs. What gives? PopMatters investigates.
The Wrens surmounted record-industry woes to finally achieve national recognition with The Meadowlands. Little Quill Productions set out with the New Jersey band on its ensuing tour to document how success is treating them. Here, the filmmakers tell us how the project is coming along.
A libertine is someone 'who acts without moral restraint'. In order to live up to the name, the group have tried their best to emulate the definition by basically doing whatever the fuck they want.
I recently got a chance to talk with Angus about hanging with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, how September 11th inspired him, and how he hooked up with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for their upcoming fall tour.
The term 'Renaissance man' could well have been invented for .
Jens Lekman, the young romantic, tells PopMatters how he became a musician.
Things are looking up for Le Tigre. The planet, on the other hand, needs some help.
Equal parts blunt, funny, and bored -- sounds like Murphy to us.
At once the most committed and least didactic of agit-rockers, the burly Welshman has responded to the gloom of 2002 with customary brio. He doesn't mind cursing the darkness, but he's also lit enough candles for a midnight Mass.
How does a band trying to make it keep going when it seems like they might not make it? PopMatters gets Josh Ostrander, Laguardia's frontman, to open up about the rough spots before success came their way.
The two jazzers talk about which brother is the boss? What are their favorite records? When can we expect the next album.
How does a 'singer/songwriter' write 'sensitive' tunes without because dubbed the 'E' word? PopMatters talks with Ben Kweller about the meaning(lessness?) behind labels.
Singer/songwriter Ben Kweller speaks up about his influences, the music biz, and what it takes to impress a live crowd..
Talib Kweli is straight hip-hop, without the elaborate externalities.
The one-time boy genius is still going strong.