The Drums' frontman Johnny Pierce is thrilled about taking the sound of the Drums in a more pop-oriented direction as it soon transpires that he had been feeling a little artistically suffocated by what group had become.
The beloved composer of the smash-hit 1978 Broadway musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, was also a singer/songwriter on one of the decade's most prestigious labels. Her 1972 album Beads and Feathers is arguably an overlooked masterpiece. Prior to her October 2018 passing, she spoke with PopMatters about this less celebrated period of her career.
British pop/R&B artist Lauren Aquilina's new single, "Tobacco in My Sheets", is a frank and honest love letter to her mother about her own attempts to anesthetize herself from the pain of a broken heart.
At the start of his latest tour of Europe, David Gray speaks with PopMatters about his 11th solo album, writing to avoid the obvious, finding the perfect collaborator, and how to avoid "crowing on like a middle-aged man".