Michael Franco is a Professor of English at Oklahoma City Community College, where he teaches composition and humanities. An alumnus of his workplace, he also attended the University of Central Oklahoma, earning both a B.A. and M.A. in English. Franco has been writing for PopMatters since 2004 and has also served as an Associate Editor since 2007. He considers himself lucky to be able to experience what he teaches, writing and the humanities, firsthand through his work at PopMatters, and his experiences as a writer help him teach his students to become better writers themselves.
In a candid interview with PopMatters, Nels Cline discusses his new double album, why it took a quarter of a century to come to fruition, and his role in the ever-evolving Wilco.
30 Aug 2016
Donelly discusses her solo work and the much-anticipated Belly reunion -- and hints that the band may have more than a summer tour in the works.
21 Jul 2016
When not being the Him in She & Him or producing for the likes of Mavis Staples, M. Ward just keeps puttin' out solo albums, collaborating with friends, and remaining cryptic as ever.
06 Mar 2016
Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries.
16 Oct 2014
Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date.
23 Jul 2014
When not working on Portlandia or leading the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL album Fred Armisen is releasing his "Hometown Heroes" series of singles under the guises of fake bands.
05 Jun 2014
Josh Carter may be one half of the noted electronic group Phantogram, but in a few short years, the group has gone from Barsuk signees to major label heroes. Carter walks PopMatters through the creation of their excellent new record Voices.
17 Feb 2014
Though she turned 80 this year, Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. As her conversation with PopMatters reveals, her career continues to explore new territory -- and defy all expectations.
13 Oct 2013
Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...
07 Jul 2013
One of the artists who made alt-country cool opens up about the journeys she traveled on her new record, Traveling Alone.
07 Nov 2012
As Heart marks a pivotal year in their long and storied career, Ann Wilson reflects on their history, their music, and why the band confidently pushes forward in an ever-changing music business.
05 Nov 2012
When Billy Bragg and Wilco undertook the Mermaid Avenue project, they simply wanted to lead people back to the music of Woody Guthrie. What they actually achieved was so much more.
26 Apr 2012
The War on Drugs have always been a highly-regarded band in critical circles, but with this year's Slave Ambient, Adam Granduciel finally started breaking through. As the Album of the Year accolades start to pile up, Granduciel takes PopMatters through the creation of his masterwork step-by-step ...
20 Nov 2011
In her first ever interview with PopMatters, Lucinda Williams explains how her latest album, Blessed, was shaped by the dueling forces of love and death.
28 Feb 2011
In an interview that traces the long history of James, Tim Booth reflects on the band’s past, discusses their current project, and drops hints about secret plans for the future.
20 Feb 2011
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