Frances Quinlan has spent nearly half her life in Hop Along and now, performing songs she wrote in her teens, 20s, and 30s, she raises interesting questions around identity, the self, and the way that music continues to evolve after the artist is done with it.
Cursive's much-loved rage cannon of a record has been remastered, allowing one to hear every mangled guitar chord, every abused organ note, every polyp in Kasher's throat. It's makes a legendarily bilious album even more so, like watching surgery in HD.
New Ocean is the perfect end of summer soundtrack for younger recently minted singles struggling with what-might-have-been questions and those wizened few who've finally come to terms with their bad livers and broken hearts.
Hot on the heels of the most promising debut album of 2010, Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds divulges with PopMatters on coming to terms with being a good person through her music, working with the enigmatic Richard Swift, and why Ringo Starr is so misunderstood.
John Davis, formerly of Q and Not U and indie darlings Georgie James, talks to PopMatters about his past breakups, covering the Boss and the Byrds, and the transition from drummer to front man for his new band Title Tracks.