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It's a Sad, Sad Situation: The 10 Best Sappy Love Songs of the '70s
If you were a child of the '70s, you no doubt grew up hearing these tunes slipping out your parents' eight-track player and car radio. The songs on the list are sappy, high-drama love ballads -- and for that they're being celebrated [20.Aug.14]
Deeper, Not Softer: An Interview with Princess Superstar
By Joe Vallese
She influenced too many off-beat divas to count, but was struggling for her own record deal. Now, Princess Superstar is back, and she means business. [20.Aug.14]
Kimbra: The Golden Echo
With the help of Gotye, you can't help but feel like Kimbra's follow up to her magnificent debut squanders her undeniable talent. [20.Aug.14]
Cory Branan: The No-Hit Wonder
Like all good country music, Cory Branan is hard, if not impossible, to define. [20.Aug.14]
Katrina Leskanich - Blisland (album stream) (Premiere)
Stream the latest album by Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves fame), Blisland, here on PopMatters. [20.Aug.14]
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With the help of Gotye, you can't help but feel like Kimbra's follow up to her magnificent debut squanders her undeniable talent.
Like all good country music, Cory Branan is hard, if not impossible, to define.
On Ray Raposa's first Castanets record in five years, the elements of the formula haven't changed very much, though the album works best when the balance between those elements shift in fresh ways.
The Mark Lanegan Band's first official release since 2012 is, unfortunately, a lackluster and unfocused affair.
The Who, however it survives, repeats that that youthful concerns and ideals matter, no matter how long the band or we endure.
Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.
Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc.
The Provincial Archive makes a wonderful folksy racket, and, should you saunter down to your local record store and pick this up, you’ll be more than glad that you did.
We hear about wrecking balls as a musical metaphor all the time. But what happens when you hand the controls over to an elephant?
Dead Stars do an effective job of mimicking a mid-'90s alt-rock one-hit wonder. Right down to having only two good songs on the album.
The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.
One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.
A worthwhile collection for anyone interested in the American folk revival and particularly for those who enjoy its outsider elements.
A timely reminder that Nickel Creek's often lowest profile member is a talented songwriter in his own right.
After a 14-year absence, New Orleans sludge-metal outfit Eyehategod return with their most brutal and best record yet.
Tori Amos's recent performance at New York City's Beacon Theatre was simply spellbinding and quite possibly one of the best concerts in recent memory.
After taking a brief pause to survey the past, the Manic Street Preachers lunge back into the future.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the missing link between Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Rhino has released almost 18 hours of the act's best material
For Sinéad O'Connor, the personal and the political are one and the same. She makes no distinction, and always, always allows the two to join forces in her music.
Few bands dare to incorporate such wide-ranging sounds and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to mix rock and reggae with dub, grunge and hip-hop is a large part of how they appeal to such a broad fanbase.
FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.
The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart. Even when he’s joking, Shaver’s serious.
Garage-rockers no longer, Danish duo add a variety of unexpected elements
Trey Songz's latest is successful not because it takes a fresh approach or carries an important message, but rather because it so effortlessly epitomizes the modern R&B genre as it currently exists.
Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.
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If you’re looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind in Canadian indie rock, Tara Beier is definitely worth hearing. [20.Aug.14]
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By Joe Vallese
She influenced too many off-beat divas to count, but was struggling for her own record deal. Now, Princess Superstar is back, and she means business. [19.Aug.14]
By Colin Fitzgerald
The goal of indie rock is to make something real, even at the expense of decades of music tradition. [18.Aug.14]
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Jazz Today
Why do jazz folks always sound so defensive about the music they love? Why can’t they take a pie in the face from Django Gold? [17.Aug.14]
The Amazing Pudding
As the creative mastermind behind Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is often considered one of the most distinct musicians of the past 50 years. [07.Aug.14]
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