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Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World
The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in. [3.Mar.15]
Like Gangbusters!: An Interview with S
By Robert Daniel Evers
Jenn Ghetto was well known for co-founding Carissa’s Wierd. Now as 'S', Ghetto has crafted an indie heartbreak record inspired by Katy Perry. [3.Mar.15]
Purity Ring: Another Eternity
Purity Ring reinforce their pop charms by tightening their formula on their sophomore album, moving one step closer to pop perfection. [3.Mar.15]
Moon Duo: Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun’s fondness for repetition doesn’t come at the sacrifice of the element of surprise. [3.Mar.15]
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]
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Purity Ring reinforce their pop charms by tightening their formula on their sophomore album, moving one step closer to pop perfection.
Shadow of the Sun’s fondness for repetition doesn’t come at the sacrifice of the element of surprise.
Amy Speace’s latest album is one that has the potential to take her over the top.
A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.
Bollywood takes an acid trip in The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India.
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".
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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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By Robert Daniel Evers
Jenn Ghetto was well known for co-founding Carissa’s Wierd. Now as 'S', Ghetto has crafted an indie heartbreak record inspired by Katy Perry. [02.Mar.15]
The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in. [02.Mar.15]
Columns
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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