In this extensive interview, Mike Ladd discusses his career in hip-hop and academia, as well as his route from punk to hip-hop and the poetry of his work.
Using documentary-style interviewing techniques and three narrators, Konchalovsky's work brings to mind well-known literary naturalists like Jack London and Stephen Crane.
Frustrated with Japan's profit-driven music scene, Kazuto Okawa began making music that rejected Tokyo's parochial consumer culture and moved as far away from J-pop as possible, creating his own sound.
On the eve of their debut album release, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan hit plenty of high notes in an engaging interview that details what makes I'm With Her click.
"We were taught what we should aspire to: excelling in math and the sciences were all good because those things have almost nothing to do with politics, but if you had artistic aspirations, if you had the need to examine life…"
"Everything's Going Great at the Moment But It Inevitably Might End Up Turning to Shit": An Interview with the Wombats
For their triumphant fourth full-length, UK alternative-rock stalwarts the Wombats traveled around the world to eventually settle down on a thrilling new direction for the immediate, catchy sound.
Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr joins us to discuss the new Simple Minds album Walk Between Worlds, and to reflect on his four decades in one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK post-punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s.
Rachael Yamagata is out on an intimate and stripped down tour that puts audiences in her living room. We learn more in this interview with the artist.
As the Recording Academy prepares to honor Tina Turner with a 2018 "Lifetime Achievement Award", PopMatters celebrates the Queen of Rock's legacy of golden gramophones.
The college comedy deficit means that we are neither taught how to take a joke nor how to interpret one.
The general absence of the L.A. Rebellion from most film history text books and Burnett's relative marginalization within film and media studies speaks to the socio-economic myopia and privileges that define both areas of study.
Teenage angst about being alive but unnoticed, perfectly captured by Simple Minds' song, permeates the pre-social media era of The Breakfast Club.
A Sense of Geography: How a Move to Texas Hill Country Gave Jerry David DeCicca's Songs New Resonance
When Jerry David DeCicca moved to Texas he found himself in his element. He talks with PopMatters about bringing his new home into his music -- and his music into his new home.
Americans in the '70s would not accommodate a female Japanese performer of experimental music that is designed to provoke. Have we grown since then?
Among Jamaicans it's generally felt that if a Marley is in the running, they're pretty much guaranteed to win, no matter if their album is "savage, average, or garbage".