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Jay Som Is Not Saving Dream Pop. It Doesn't Need to Be Saved.

Jay Som speaks to PopMatters about handling expectations, agents of change, and how her newfound sobriety influenced her new album Anak Ko.

Max Totsky

Julia Jacklin Lays Bare Experiences with Love and Heartbreak on Frank New album 'Crushing'

Life, love, heartbreak: none of it is particularly novel as musical material, but on Crushing, Julia Jacklin lets us learn from her experiences with her heart on her sleeve.


Xiu Xiu Produce Another Work of Chaotic Essence in 'Girl With a Basket of Fruit'

Returning after the very strong Forget, the experimental band Xiu Xiu returns with their new album, revisiting their more chaotic and unpredictable self in order to further their sound.


David Bazan Rises Like a 'Phoenix' with Pedro the Lion

With his return to Pedro the Lion, David Bazan searches for true self by reckoning with his past on this return to form that is Phoenix.


Jacco Gardner Turns His Psych Pop to the Night on 'Somnium'

Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner's wispy, pastoral psychedelia takes on a nocturnal edge on new album, Somnium.


Fave Five: The Dodos

Coming off yet another acclaimed set of strum-and-pound indie pop, Meric Long of the Dodos takes our Fave Five challenge and lists the Top Five Records You Can Enjoy With a Two-Year-Old.

Evan Sawdey

Kero Kero Bonito's 'Time 'n' Place' Shows a Band Looking to the Future

Time 'n' Place sounds transitional as if Kero Kero Bonito are working their way into something that's more sustainable than the often wild, sometimes too-cute experiments of their past.


The Dodos Make Their Mid-Life Crisis Album with 'Certainty Waves'

On their seventh LP Certainty Waves, the Dodos continue to make hyperkinetic indie folk. They have made a record of blistering folk-pop poetry that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Visiter.


The Get Up Kids Return... Again with 'Kicker'

The Get Up Kids are searching for an elusive position, that nostalgic allure of their previous glory on new EP, Kicker.


Desire and Fantasy Keep Tancred Afloat on 'Nightstand'

Tancred flaunt their pop rock with a presence that is half beauteous and half dangerous on Nightstand.


Looking for an Outlet: An Interview with Sonny Smith

Sonny Smith -- the bandleader and chief songwriter of the genre-morphing Sonny & The Sunsets -- sees modern existence as a swirl of ephemeral stimuli and microscopic mood swings.


Full Possession of All Their Powers: A Chat with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin wanted to record an album that sounded nothing like their early stuff. Of course, the label loved it 'cos it sounded like their early stuff.

Dan Derks

A Knife in the Sun: An Interview with Xiu Xiu

After over a decade of crafting his visceral avant-pop sound, Xiu Xiu shows no signs of slowing down,

Corey Beasley

"Nothing Recalibrates Your Brain Like Life": An Interview with the Dodos

A new album freshly minted and already back at work on more material, Meric Long of the Dodos simply can't rest on his laurels. Instead, he sits down with PopMatters to break down his entire process, illuminating why his band is at the forefront of creative indie music.


Headlights: Some Racing, Some Stopping

In which the Champaign, Illinois trio steps away from indie rock and jumps headlong into…indie pop.

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