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“I Just Want to Hear Everything”: A Conversation with Paul Weller

“I Just Want to Hear Everything”: A Conversation with Paul Weller

Paul Weller, one of the most revered figures in British rock, is releasing his 17th studio LP. He discusses creative collaboration, John Coltrane’s influence, and more.

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Lives Outgrown seems like an outgrowth of where Beth Gibbons’ mind and talents have taken her in the past decade, which is to ruminate on how life is a vapor.

Myriam Gendron Hovers Between Balladry and Freer Spaces

Myriam Gendron Hovers Between Balladry and Freer Spaces

Myriam Gendron effortlessly houses old musical DNA in new musical organisms, bridging the original with the traditional to guarantee her music’s timelessness.

‘Ghana Special 2’ Chronicles an Innovative Chapter in Highlife History

‘Ghana Special 2’ Chronicles an Innovative Chapter in Highlife History

Ghana Special 2 possesses a wide range of styles. The 18 substantial tracks are packed with synths, horns, and driving beats.

JazzMatters: The Best Jazz of March-May 2024

JazzMatters: The Best Jazz of March-May 2024

PopMatters presents the best new jazz recordings from March to May 2024 in the realm of piano jazz. We also reflect on the legacy of the late David Sanborn.

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Orgy of the Damned finds Slash and his many guests bashing through the most over-played blues standards with the subtlety and grace of Axl Rose in a china shop.

Emily Nenni Sings with a Twang on ‘Drive & Cry’

Emily Nenni Sings with a Twang on ‘Drive & Cry’

Emily Nenni’s Drive & Cry is an excellent example of how country music has evolved without necessarily changing. It all depends on who is singing.

Claire Rousay Shifts from Field Recordings to Quasi-Pop Ballads

Claire Rousay Shifts from Field Recordings to Quasi-Pop Ballads

Sentiment is a deeply melancholic work suffused with a gentle beauty in the emotions Claire Rousay expresses in the lyrics and the ambient delights.

Ambient Matters: The Best Ambient Albums of April 2024

Ambient Matters: The Best Ambient Albums of April 2024

April was a glorious stew for lovers of this music, and you’ll want to make sure to check out our new playlist showcasing this month’s best ambient entries.

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

CXLOE’s Shiny New Thing is hook-forward pop music, an unrelenting collection of emoto-bangers, and an arch response to a clueless music executive.

Dehd Take Yet Another Step Forward on ‘Poetry’

Dehd Take Yet Another Step Forward on ‘Poetry’

Dehd exude a youthful charm that is hard to replicate on Poetry. They are infectious and their sunny melodies and sincerity make their music compelling.

Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements Create Order with the ‘Rain on the Road’

Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements Create Order with the ‘Rain on the Road’

Call it experimental or ambient: harpist Mary Lattimore and accordionist Walt McClements sonically ruminate on their repetitive cycle between life and music.