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.
Kevin Barnes is back to experimenting. But this time around he drapes the weirdness in a layer of danceable grooves.
07 Mar 2018
Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes explains why it's OK to make music that's ugly, why he loves Os Mutantes, and why he can't recreate his most hated song ever.
26 Apr 2015
The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes a compelling, 20-year long story, and zips far too quickly through it.
04 Sep 2014
Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes abandons the funk and electronic cut-and-paste pop of the band's last several records for a sound inspired by '60s and '70s guitar rock, creating his most organic and compelling music in years.
11 Jul 2013
Just what the (witch) doctor ordered: a real chance to let loose. Tune in, turn on, drop doubt that good music will prevail.
28 Mar 2012
Ever have to turn in a term paper at the last second? While your band is on tour? The day before your back gives out? Well, Of Montreal-endorsed dance-rock group Casiokids know such pain, but share a great deal of wisdom and emotional depth in this fascinating 20 Questions feature . . .
11 Oct 2011
PopMatters' latest free mix tape presents some aspects of the lasting effects of disco and associated funk, with ace selections from Squarepusher, of Montreal, Matthew Dear, Goldfrapp to keep that boogie in your shoes.
18 Oct 2010
Norway's latest dance-pop export has songs so catchy, they don't even feel they need to re-record their tracks in English to appeal to US listeners, and as this 20 Questions reveals, a love of all things Woody Allen, a penchant for stealing keyboards, and a wish to travel to Greece are just part of what drives this fascinating, delightful breaking band ...
15 Jun 2010
With only two new tracks padded with a couple old favorites, this peculiar tour EP may be best examined as if it were a 7" single.
08 Jun 2006
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