PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.
The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.
23 Sep 2014
An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.
27 Apr 2014
It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.
26 Dec 2013
In Ice-T's 2012 documentary, Something from Nothing, he asks why rap music doesn't garner the same amount of respect afforded to jazz and blues music.
04 Apr 2013
From the type of honest and revealing storytelling that some have mastered to the wit-centric, mind-bending lines that ooze with double entendres and third, fourth, and fifth meanings, the best hip-hop will forever be contingent on the power of its lyrics. Here, PopMatters takes a look at 10 of the best lyricists the rap form has to offer.
23 Jan 2013
You’re here to see your favorite indie-rock act, and you just so happen to have great representatives from other musical styles to explore as well.
21 Jun 2011
Hip-hop has been engaged in an ongoing tension between fantasy and reality, art and artifice but rappers, like all good artists, sometimes have to lie in order to tell the truth.
26 Sep 2010
The Grammys seem like a festering boomer leftover, far removed from the present where major labels live in post-apocalyptic decline.
01 Feb 2010
Festivals like Pitchfork and Bonnaroo often feel like survival tests, but at Jazzfest and Voodoo, concertgoers can relax and enjoy the music.
14 Jan 2010
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