Andy Johnson began writing about music in earnest in 2008, when he became a staff writer for the UK alternative music site The Line of Best Fit. Since then he has written about many kinds of music for various other publications while working towards a career in humanitarian aid and development. He came to PopMatters in search of a new outlet for his reviews, interviews and features, which he documents on a blog, Wordcore. He has been also known to tweet.
Wednesday, June 6 2012
In 1972, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" took ambitious prog rock to the top of the charts. Forty years on, frontman Ian Anderson means to do it all over again and discusses his plans with PopMatters.
Monday, November 7 2011
Not everyone follows up their acclaimed singer-songwriter albums with a disc of children's music, but few children's albums are as mature, upbeat, or dark (trust us), as Laura Veirs latest, which she tells PopMatters all about ...
Wednesday, August 3 2011
She's toured with Jeff Beck, been spearheading a fantastic rockabilly revival, and has even been the recipient of some Presidential M&M's. This is the world of Imelda May, and she tells us all about it ...
Wednesday, April 13 2011
With convention season in the US rapidly becoming a yearlong calendar event, the London Comics Small Press Expo still makes those small, personal connections between reader, newbie creator, and established pro.
Wednesday, September 15 2010
Far from enforcing sexually exploitative stereotypes in the female action hero genre, Bloody Mary and sequel Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty simply explodes them.
Thursday, May 9 2013
Releasing a third album at the tender age of 22, Alessi Laurent-Marke is still a precocious talent. But in a crowded field, these songs will not be memorable enough.
Tuesday, April 2 2013
The long-awaited debut from London pop group Theme Park makes no grand statements, but it is so much fun that no one will mind.
Thursday, March 21 2013
Returning with her fourth album after a four-and-a-half-year absence, Dido fails to make good on her promises to reinvent her sound.
Monday, February 25 2013
Mark Hamilton of Calgary indie-folk collective Woodpigeon is just too productive, which might explain the exhausted feel of this new LP.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
Sixteen albums and 30-plus years in, these SoCal punk legends show no sign of slowing down or burning out. And we should be thankful because the world still needs Bad Religion.
Wednesday, November 14 2012
Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral is one of the most grueling albums of the '90s and represents a creative high and personal low that Trent Reznor has never matched. In Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible, however, the album has a dark twin which matches its irresistible horror blow for blow.
Monday, October 10 2011
Wednesday, February 9 2011
When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at Oxford University recently, he was interesting and unafraid to criticise, but being such a high-profile figure, did not entirely escape criticism himself.
Tuesday, January 25 2011
Will the dying UK music print zines drag the indomitable 2000 AD with them? The fates of the two very separate institutions maybe be entwined to a degree not yet expected.
Tuesday, January 25 2011
Rereading classic Dredd comic strips in 2000 AD allows for a radically different experience of the current unbiquity of pop.