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Wednesday, April 16 2014

Goldieblox vs. the Beastie Boys: A Parable on Permissions

When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Monday, April 14 2014

Rock the Cashbox: The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Sellout

How you can’t sell your soul to rock ‘n’ roll because it has already sold its soul... There once was a time during the new Age of Aquarius when the length of someone’s hair meant more than the balance in their bank account.


Wednesday, April 9 2014

Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila

With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with ‘A Dotted Line’

PopMatters got an advance listen to the new recording from the "newgrass" sensation -- and an interview with guitarist Sean Watkins.


Monday, April 7 2014

Smaller Moments: An Interview with Wild Cub

Composer and Wild Cub frontman Keegan DeWitt talks the differences between pop songcraft and film scoring, what it means to grow up, and how life's smaller moments always last longer than the big ones.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

Rage Against the Mundane: An Interview with Protomartyr

PopMatters talks to Protomartyr's frontman Joe Casey about his band's working class roots, the pros and cons of making music in Detroit and his fascination with spinning cultural flotsam into surreal narratives.


Friday, March 28 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for April 2014

April's "Listening Ahead" offers some early impressions of the month's most intriguing albums, including new releases by the Afghan Whigs, Wye Oak, and Cloud Nothings.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

Good Morning Tycoon: An Interview with The Presidents of the U.S.A.

An unexpected jam led to the Presidents of the United States of America recording an unexpected, crowdfunded album, but according to the band's drummer: "I don't think we have another one in us."


Tuesday, March 25 2014

“It’s Liberating Not Having to Compromise My Guts”: An Interview with Doves’ Jimi Goodwin

As the frontman for Doves, Jimi Goodwin proved to be quite the pop craftsman. On his new solo album, he creates a sort of personal mixtape, styles all around, Goodwin telling us how as a solo album, it couldn't have existed in any other form.


Monday, March 24 2014

Sex, Drugs, and Honey Nut Cheerios

Nelly on Cheerios is a deconstructionist’s dream: full of sweet contradictory goodness.


Thursday, March 20 2014

SXSW’s Little Sister: Savannah Stopover Music Festival

As far as festivals go SXSW is a lot like the high school cheerleader. Everyone either wants her or wants to be her. If this be true, then the Savannah Stopover Music Festival is her little sister. Younger, more modest, and increasingly harder to overlook.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Will We Dry Up Before We Bleed?: An Interview with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew

Kevin Drew is emotionally unflinching, both on his songs and even during one-on-one discussions. A lot of people think his new album, Darlings, is about sex, but as our intimate chat proves, it goes deeper than that.


Thursday, March 13 2014

From One Wrong Place to the Next: An Interview with The Notwist

They've been making albums since 1990 and have that rare distinction of being a band that has no two discs ever sounding the same. For their first album in years, the Notwist change things once again.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

“Life, the Universe and Everything”: An Interview with Incubus’ Brandon Boyd

Incubus' Brandon Boyd finds inspiration in numerous arenas, from Phish to UFOs and more. PopMatters attended the San Diego show of Boyd's Sons of the Sea project and spoke to the man himself to get his intriguing views on a variety of topics.


Tuesday, March 11 2014

The Anti- SXSW: A Festival for the Disheveled at Couch By Couchwest

A no-cost counterpoint to SXSW one can enjoy at their leisure, Couch By Couchwest is a festival where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.


Monday, March 10 2014

Mixtarum Metallum VIII: 2014’s Metallic Dawn

The first edition of Mixtarum Metallum this year covers ten laudable metal albums released in January and February 2014 that we haven’t covered yet. So, without further ado, it’s time to get back to business.


Thursday, March 6 2014

Synthesizers Are Extremely Versatile: An Interview with Helen Marnie of Ladytron

Marnie discusses her recent project, Crystal World, a set of startlingly emotional journeys, drawing what some have described as "a map of the heart" -- quite an achievement for such a pristine electro record.


Wednesday, March 5 2014

Today’s Hits: An interview with Mark Perro of the Men

The ferociously hard working rockers from New York look poised to take over the world through an insane amount of touring and excellent albums.


Tuesday, March 4 2014

No Big Hair: An Interview with Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis talks her band's new EP, the blog hype bottleneck, why Boston treats its bands right, and nerding out about music with Stephen Malkmus.


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