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Thursday, May 29 2014

I Am Not Afraid: An Interview with Owen Pallett

When not doing strings for the likes of Grizzly Bear or Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett is putting out his own gorgeous string- and synth-laced pop, like his latest, In Conflict, which he gives PopMatters a guided tour of.


Wednesday, May 28 2014

Various Artists: Six Degrees of Brazil 2 (album stream) (Premiere)

With 2014's World Cup being held in Brazil, Six Degrees Records has put together a stunning collection of Brazilian music. We premiere that as well as offer a free download of one of the tunes.


Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for June 2014

June's release schedule isn't just about the summer jams of 2014. Catch early glimpses of the latest from Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, and the Antlers.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Poetry and Passion: An Interview with Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell is a country legend in every sense of the word. He speaks with us about Tarpaper Road and the legends that inspired and influenced this stunning new album.


Friday, May 23 2014

“I Get Off on Intense Atmospheres”: An Interview with Gazelle Twin

We speak with Elizabeth Bernholz, the woman behind the Gazelle Twin project, about the relation of music to the natural landscape, the nature of performing, and the work of David Lynch.


Thursday, May 22 2014

Slippery Stones: An Interview with Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen has charmed audiences the world over with his score to Amélie, but that was only after years of putting out brilliant, lushly melodic solo albums, not unlike his ambitious new disc .


Tuesday, May 20 2014

You Can’t Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.


Monday, May 19 2014

“This Is Our Sophomore Attempt”: An Interview with Pixies

Speaking to PopMatters, Pixies detail every step towards Indie Cindy's creation, reception, and what's next for the group...


Friday, May 16 2014

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Mad World celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the ‘80s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period including Duran Duran, New Order, the Smiths and here, OMD.


Thursday, May 15 2014

EMP’s Pop Conference Goes Mobile and Returns Home

In its 13th year, the Pop Conference offered more exciting ideas about music and mobility than you could shake a walking stick at.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

Mixtarum Metallum IX: The Ides of March and the Death of April’s Fools

Mixtarum Metallum IX is consumed by ten deadly albums chained, or loosely chained, to metal’s monolith.


Tuesday, May 13 2014

Did Pandora Win the ASCAP Battle or Open a Box of Namesake Trouble?

It’s a Wild West in music publishing, these days, and the songwriters need more gunslingers.


The Knife and the Blood That Ensues: An Interview with Swans

PopMatters speaks with Swans frontman Michael Gira about the band's "joyous" new double LP, To Be Kind, covering everything from its undulating rhythms to its original titillating cover art.


Monday, May 12 2014

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Tori Amos on Her Elegant ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’

In a year when '90s staples like Beck and Neneh Cherry are delivering records of substance, Amos is delivering yet another quiet storm. But is it in fact the "comeback" some want to make it?


Wednesday, May 7 2014

The Top Ten Most Exciting British Artists Playing at the Great Escape 2014

With the European South by Southwest about to start in Brighton, PopMatters gives you the heads-up about the UK acts to keep an eye on over the coming year.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

Keep on Moving: A Conversation with the Horrors

Speaking just before the release of their new album Luminous, PopMatters talks to the British alt-pop heavyweights the Horrors about artistic progression, the need to escape your influences, and the terrifying tedium of East London.


Monday, May 5 2014

Hallelujah the Hills - ‘Have You Ever Done Something Evil?’ (album premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Have You Ever Done Something Evil?, the new album by Boston's Hallelujah the Hills.


Evocation of the Ancestors: An Interview with the Bad Plus

In tackling Stravinsky, the Bad Plus tell PopMatters how they've met their most interesting challenge yet.


Friday, May 2 2014

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

This is a portrait of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved for the prophets.


Thursday, May 1 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for May 2014

Get the early word on highly anticipated albums from tUnE-yArDs, Swans, and Owen Pallett, along with a comprehensive list of May's new releases.


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