Sunday, January 1 1995
Has pop music lost its soul? Is excellence accidental? Richard Swift on the cons of modernity.
If we lived in a perfect world, all the bands would be like Superdrag.
Go looking for the Super Furry Animals, and it's unclear what will turn up -- a curious modulation here, a bedazzled Welsh-babble there. Or maybe just a band so devoted to their craft, they practically live in the studio. PopMatters investigates.
Recently, PopMatters spoke to Jason Chasko and discussed how life has been treating the duo since their disc dropped.
The British trio takes us along on their unusual business as usual.
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond explains why the new album needed its own studio.
The hip-hop trio overcomes the dreaded 'positive' tag and a residency in the Texas underground to make their first trip east.
San Francisco's best-kept songwriting secret on influences, old pianos, optimism, career breaks in biker bars and the stacks of tapes in his apartment closet.
Are the Stills just the composite of convenient '80s references? On tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, the band they're most often compared to, PopMatters critic Chris Fallon chatted with drummer/songwriter Dave Hamelin to distill the Stills' essence.
Sufjan Stevens explains how he got sidetracked into this whole music thing and lets us know what he really likes.
The Stereophonics bassist discusses the band's new drummer and increased energy.
stellastarr* arrived as part of the New York new wave revival, evoking the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie. PopMatters talks to the blonde in the band, bassist Amanda Tannen.
Between good sex and old songs, Amy Milan stays out of the cold.
PopMatters music critic Scott Deckman gets spiritual with Jason Martin of Starflyer 59, pop craftsman and Christian Rocker.
A discussion with the dB's co-founder about most anything except the dB's.
What happens when power pop grows up? PopMatters kicks back with songwriter legend Chris Stamey to discuss his first studio release in a decade.
I spoke to the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Julian Taylor, by phone to discuss the status of the band's new independence.
The beauty of Rochester, NY guitarist/singer Michael Staertow (aside from his outstanding musical talent) is that he is not the least bit interested trying
In many respects, not much has changed. After a good twenty minutes passes, I get the distinct impression that Springfield needs to be coaxed from the privacy of his hotel room.
Spoon frontman speaks on space, samples, and spinning vinyl.