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Coming Back to 'Coming Home': An Interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell
PopMatters' exclusive interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell celebrates the legacy of a pop music masterpiece, I'm Coming Home (1973). [2.Mar.15]
Pop Unmuted Podcast: Signifiers of Korean Pop and 4Minute's Crazy
On Episode 9 of Pop Unmuted, we talk about the differences between Korean pop and Western pop, and the new 4Minute single "Crazy". [2.Mar.15]
Kelly Clarkson: Piece By Piece
With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger. [2.Mar.15]
Sound of Civil Rights Rings Out in Resurrected Staple Singers Records
By Randall Roberts
It was as though some force were propelling the Staple Singers into the public consciousness again, timed to coincide with the arrival of a pair of resurrected recordings. [2.Mar.15]
Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for March 2015
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
Get a sneak peek of some of March's most compelling new releases, including albums from Courtney Barnett, Purity Ring, and Lightning Bolt. [27.Feb.15]
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With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger.
The former Soft Cell frontman's latest rejects pop convention for an album-length singer/songwriter collaboration
If Flatlands was a movie, it would have better been entitled Badlands given its barren settings and austere atmosphere.
Although Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair has a fairly distinct color scheme, it deviates enough to resist the pastel end of the indie rock rainbow.
For all the lip-service they pay cooperation, Doomtree's members fight against nobody so much as each other on this dilute offering.
Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin's first last album, represents the most grandiose expression of these Brits at the height of their powers.
The rough carpentry of these songs lets the dust fly, lets the grain show, but the songs are all the purer, all the sweeter, for their scuffs.
This noble experiment often overextends its reach, but does so with such charming confidence you can’t help but enjoy its ramshackle pop confections.
Expanded re-mastered releases of Bellybutton and Spilt Milk with live cuts and demos from power pop cult band Jellyfish.
From 1979 to 1982, Andre Gibson's band recorded countless tunes with audio engineering students at Columbia College. Universal Togetherness Band compiles a tight cross-section of those recordings, showing the band's tight chops and expansive taste.
At the peak of his game, Drake has begun to embrace the darker sides of success.
In an age of band reunions where anything is possible, we now have the Pop Group’s first album in 35 years.
Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.
The Hot Club of Cowtown fiddler Elana James makes it a point to let her folk flag shine high and mightily on Black Beauty.
Goffin understands the importance of keeping everything simple, from the music to the sentiments expressed.
On Restarter, Torche delivers the smoothest sludge.
The second instrumental adventure in the land of modular synthesizer from the golden voice of the Sea and Cake.
The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.
Hypercolor is a New York trio, an absolute mess of influences that can't help but play around with a blender.
Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album is appropriately named after an analogy meaning "you're the winner".
Gliss Riffer is by far Deacon's most successful and accessible full-length thus far, but it's just shy of being a masterpiece.
Australia's soul wunderkind Mahalia Barnes crosses her T's and dots her Betty Davis I's as she pays tribute to an artist who was too much, too soon.
With this EP, Pelican don’t seem to understand that promised tension that never delivers can be as frustrating as tension that never finds release.
This is feel-good music, played by a seasoned and assured troubadour equally at home on a spotlit stage or a front porch.
Kevin Drumm traffics in static, both the noun and the adjective.
The Merri Soul Sessions may be Kelly's most daring effort yet.
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By Randall Roberts
It was as though some force were propelling the Staple Singers into the public consciousness again, timed to coincide with the arrival of a pair of resurrected recordings. [02.Mar.15]
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PopMatters' exclusive interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell celebrates the legacy of a pop music masterpiece, I'm Coming Home (1973). [01.Mar.15]
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
Get a sneak peek of some of March's most compelling new releases, including albums from Courtney Barnett, Purity Ring, and Lightning Bolt. [26.Feb.15]
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Continental Drift
For centuries, Tajikistan has seen just about every monarchy, kingdom, religious faith and culture sweep through its land, leaving an indelible impression on its people and music. [24.Feb.15]
Notes on Celluloid
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night. [16.Feb.15]
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