The PopMatters Progcast Discusses Highs of 2017 and Hopes for 2018

In this episode of the PopMatters Progcast, we reflect on our top albums of 2017, as well as discuss some of the major releases arriving this year.

As discussed in our "Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2017" piece, there were plenty of wonderful releases from both genre favorites and up-and-comers last year; likewise, 2018 is shaping up to include many more incredible LPs from from today's top acts (including the long anticipated fifth studio album from Tool).

In this episode of the PopMatters Progcast, genre devotees Jedd Beaudoin and Jordan Blum discuss the records that stuck with them most in 2017, the ones that they can't wait to hear in 2018, and much more. As always, you're welcome to tell us how our choices compare to yours in the comment section below; also, feel free to email us with any feedback at [email protected].

The 70 Best Albums of 2019

From forward-looking electronic and experimental to new approaches in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and punk to rock and pop, 2019 bestowed an embarrassment of musical riches upon us.


The 10 Best Electropop Albums of 2019

From bubbly, perky synthpop to the deepest of darkwave, electropop in 2019 reflected the general malaise by forging the brightest of pop to forget the bad times on the one hand, and embracing downtempo textures and moods on the other.


Codeine Club Music: 10 Sizzurp Rappers and Their Lean Lyrics

Southern Houston rappers put a twist on old blues musicians' mix of cough syrup and booze and stirred it up into a more dangerous concoction. Here are 10 rappers who took the brew from their double-cups and dropped the purple drank / sizzurp / Texas tea / "lean" into their lyrics to mixed effect.


Brits in Hot Weather #19

This week we have shadowy trap from Jordan Comolli, grime infused techno from Barney Lister, eclectic indie from Weird Milk, lo-fi indie pop from Tricky Juno, and an absolute belter from Two Tribes.

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