PopMatters Editor & Publisher
With a solid grounding in rock’s great Bs—Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds, and Big Star, Chicago’s Sugarbuzz purvey the sort of effortless pop that lodges their songs in your head long after the listen is over. I’ve been singing lead-off track “Overthrown” to myself for weeks. Of course front man Brian Leach has done this before, with his stellar 1994 solo album The Sunrise Nearly Killed Me. With richly textured arrangements and brilliant melodies, Submerged is perfect pop that ranges from orchestral to power pop—an album that is truly startling in its versatility and freshness.
Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.