On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.
19 May 2014
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.
07 Oct 2013
In a final season where the ultimate end-game is up for grabs, every character's motivations are up for dissection. Whether anyone can have the ending he seeks, however, remains the ultimate question.
30 Aug 2013
I've been saying it for years and tonight it held true: Introduce a DEA brother-in-law during season one and eventually you'll get a big boom. In "Blood Money", Dean Norris proves he's easily Bryan Cranston's acting equal.
13 Aug 2013
Few characters in the history of television have arrived as fully and oddly formed as Gale Boetticher did during Breaking Bad's Third Season.
12 Aug 2013
Atlanta's great electro-pop hope, Sonen hits the ground running with their debut full-length Inside The Sun, finally capturing the excitement of their live shows. They also have plenty to say in our latest 20 Questions segment, which is best enjoyed with the premiere of their new music video to boot!
16 Jul 2013
Having successfully found the space they so avidly looked for, Ben Folds Five are back to show us you really can go home again. Their live set seamlessly blends classics with their new songs, showing there's plenty more hit material to mine with this threesome.
16 Jul 2013
Oh Canada, where pop music bears the most fruit! Rusty Matyas, of Winnipeg's own Imaginary Cities, turns his attention from the band's stunning sophomore effort Fall of Romance to play a game of 20 Questions in which we're all winners.
09 Jul 2013
It's taken four years but Nico Vega stands poised to revive all things rock with its long-awaited sophomore album Lead to Light later this year. Until you get the chance to hear those songs, however, there's always PopMatters' "20 Questions" series to have your back.
17 Jun 2013
They're already known as one of Australian alternative's rising stars, but there's no better time to dive into their blend of electro-pop if you haven't yet heard A Is For Alpine. Or you can read this first and get to know them on an eHarmony level!
11 Jun 2013
Wrapping folky strums around buoyant pop hooks, the Lighthouse & the Whaler are quickly picking up steam and gaining notice. In this in-depth discussion with PopMatters, frontman Michael LoPresti discusses the art of the album, the state of the industry, and the love-it-or-hate-it nature of their live shows.
07 May 2013
A country traditionalist that stands out with own unique brand of slow-burn ballads, critical favorite Ortega discusses her new album, touching on the secret Nashville scene of alt-country up-and-comers, and why Social Distortion's fans prove genre differences aren't as vital as we're led to believe.
18 Apr 2013
In this sprawling, revealing interview with former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, PopMatters learns from the alt-hero-turned-troubadour what makes a good cover song, how it's like growing up in a bipolar household, and the details of the collapse of the music industry straight from the inside of it.
18 Feb 2013
As the leader of Indianapolis’s Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Richard Edwards is a songwriter who knows what he wants. The result has been one of the more varied and interesting discographies to be found among modern indies.
25 Apr 2012
As much as we want to think every underground band in the 1990s was producing quality just because no one was listening, the truth is sometimes underground bands are unknown for a reason. This is the kind of alternative music indie snobs drool over.
11 Jan 2012
You can throw money at a project in the hope of receiving short term notice, but once a singer like McCreery steps off the Idol reservation, giving him material this weak leaves him to swim with the sharks while having no real talent to defend himself with.
09 Jan 2012
These songs show a distinct vision for what pop can become, a far-reaching panorama of music aimed at adults who have discerning musical palates and are willing to support a band for daring to aim high. Awake, You Sleepers! is a winning combination of daring and verve.
13 Dec 2011
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