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20 Questions: Sloan
After over 20 years in the game, Sloan's Andrew Scott contributes a hell of an epic to the band's new "multiple-solo project" album Commonwealth and tells us of why he ended up stealing so many USA license plates in his time. [30.Sep.14]
Prince: Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl: PLECTRUMELECTRUM
These two new albums are welcome additions to Prince's canon, as none of his post-2004 comeback discs are as wall-to-wall fun as these are. [30.Sep.14]
Luke Winslow-King: Everlasting Arms
Luke Winslow-King furthers his explorations of pre-war American music on his latest for Bloodshot. [30.Sep.14]
United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - Are We the Waiting and St. Jimmy
The fifth and sixth tracks on American Idiot represent a turning point in its narrative, as the man we thought was our hero finds himself unworthy of the position, and so he transforms himself into a more disruptive and selfish being so that he can deal with what the future holds. [30.Sep.14]
Watch Prince Bring the Funk on the Yahoo! Live Stage (video)
By PopMatters Staff
The latest addition to Yahoo! Live's impressive roster is the Purple Rain legend Prince, whose two albums Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM are out now. Tune in later today on Yahoo! Live for the album release party. [30.Sep.14]
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These two new albums are welcome additions to Prince's canon, as none of his post-2004 comeback discs are as wall-to-wall fun as these are.
Luke Winslow-King furthers his explorations of pre-war American music on his latest for Bloodshot.
Former Carissa's Weird member Jenn Ghetto expands her solo project, S, into a full band for the best parts of Cool Choices. Oddly enough, it's when she's alone on the record that her emotions are the hardest to make out.
Zoot Woman’s eagerly anticipated return to the electronic music scene rarely reaches the glittering heights of its shimmering title.
By making an album for himself, Benjamin Wynn just might end up pleasing everyone.
Hornsby explores his many, many sides on a double-disc that might be tough listening for fringe fans.
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes isn't about any new technology, even with its faux-edgy release through bittorrent; it's about the old question about the power and limitations of our human containers.
On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.
On In the Orbit of Ra Sun Ra collaborator and Arkestra member Marshall Allen presents a portrait of the jazz legend every bit as complicated and strange as a cross-section of his reality could possibly be.
If We Loved Her Dearly is any indication, Lowell has simply run out of material, if not ideas, musical or otherwise.
This electro-dance trio wants you to feel human. Easier done than said.
Hate Core is alive and well! Sheer Terror, New York hardcore hate-mongers, return with a new record, new line-up, and their same old abhorrence for, well… everything.
Despite the high anxiety, Night Surfer, Prophet’s 13th album, is pure-bred, colourful rock with a dark sense of humour.
A wild mix of styles are brought to the music of Fats Waller by the pianist Jason Moran and his collaborator MeShell Ndegeocello. A dance party that proves, again, that jazz boundaries are joyously crumbling.
Producer Jimmy Tamborello puts together a pleasant but modest set of textured beats and ambient sounds for his fourth studio album.
The Clean member Hamish Kilgour's first solo record, All of It And Nothing, doesn't seem interested in grabbing for your attention.
Almost every single moment of Savage Imagination is pretty and melodic, but these tracks tend to just drift by before dissolving into the next pretty, sweet bit of noodling.
Myth and Mythopoeia holds the course for John Zorn's career -- presenting music that is as difficult to hear as it is rewarding to absorb. There's also one track here that can be preserved for the ages.
Did I truly experience "the Real South" over the course of the Hopscotch Music Festival weekend?
Cohen's 13th studio release offers nine powerful reflections on the sacred and the profane with characteristic mix of humor and longing.
Glittered with transcendent brilliance, gilded shadows do not hide the empowered dramatic turn of Perfume Genius's Too Bright.
Single Mothers sounds like something you would expect from Earle: a carefully calculated and cohesive product.
This is psychologically dangerous stuff, and a great deal of enjoyment comes from revelling in Prude’s excesses. That comes to a point, though.
With Live at Biko, Mark Kozelek delivers a live set of highly compellingly autobiographical later period work that sets a new standard for the nakedly confessional singer-songwriter.
Girl Talk & Freeway collaborate to bring you a fast-paced EP that is well worth its short run time.
Tweedy father and son combo journey down a road of reflection and introspection.
The Violet Flame doesn't really reignite Erasure so much as keeps their torch going..
The first album from this duo is at its best when it finds shape within its wide-open borders, when it cuts a path through all that bright light.
A comprehensive overview of 20 years of old-school punk protest and an alternate history of our nation’s turn from the 20th into 21st century.
While this trio may be a product of a certain day and age, it’s nice to hear that they aren't interested in rehashing old glories, necessarily.
PartyNextDoor may remind you of another former friend of Drake's, but he's a LOT less talented.
At the New York premiere of "The Brighter Side of Day", Kathy Sledge captured the spirit and soul of Billie Holiday.
Capsule Reviews
Beguiling vocals, stylistic shifts and atypical song structures make Grackle one of the more compelling releases to come down the pipe this year. [30.Sep.14]
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By Mark Olsen
For a film that received two documentary prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, “20,000 Days on Earth” is very honest about how… [25.Sep.14]
Features
We owe it to ourselves to recognize the many women in pop music that made an undeniable impact on popular culture and the world at large. [28.Sep.14]
Despite their canonical status, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Oracular Spectacular, and White Blood Cells lack the staying power of truly great albums. [25.Sep.14]
Columns
Jazz Today
Somi is a not-exactly jazz singer with roots in Africa and the American midwest, and she has made the year's most amazing record, evoking the spirit of Lagos, Nigeria. [25.Sep.14]
Kickin' Up Dust
Since the early '80s, The Rainmakers have been among the best bands to emerge from the Heartland Rock boom of that decade. They may be the best that's still at it. [21.Sep.14]
From The Blogs
After over 20 years in the game, Sloan's Andrew Scott contributes a hell of an epic to the band's new "multiple-solo project" album Commonwealth and tells us of why he ended up stealing so many USA license plates in his time. [30.Sep.14]
DVD Reviews
If you've never been a Devo fan, this DVD will give you all the reason you need to remedy the situation. [09.Sep.14]
The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes a compelling, 20-year long story, and zips far too quickly through it. [04.Sep.14]
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