Category Journalism Clips

German Dream Pop: Me and My Drummer

Me And My Drummer is the German duo Charlotte Brandi and Matze Pröllochs. Brandi plays the keyboards and belts lovely lyrics and Pröllochs plays the drums (and all other forms of percussion). The two musicians met in the western German city of Tübingen while working for a theater company. Both musicians had played with various bands since their teens, […]

Xiu XIU Sind Offen für Alles

Jamie Stewart von Xiu Xiu singt über Typen, die in sein Gesicht ejakulieren und postet Fotos von sich ritzenden Menschen auf der Band-Homepage. Es ist also keine Übertreibung, wenn man sagt, dass der Musiker ein Faible für die eher heftigen Momente im Leben hat. Ihr Ritt durch die Extreme dauert nun schon zehn Jahre und […]

Russian Blood from Boston

When you hear or read somewhere that an artist recorded his album in his bedroom, you’re probably thinking his songs are “chill-wave,” “lo-fi,” “dreamy,” or something along those lines. RIBS frontman Keith Freund recorded his band’s sophomore EP Russian Blood in his bedroom, but the EP itself sounds like it was produced for a much bigger space, like a […]

Song Premiere from Emperor X + Euro Tour News

Emperor X is the moniker for Los Angeles musician C.R. Matheny. In the last ten years of his career in music, Matheny has released six studio albums, the latest of which is Western Teleport–a highly acclaimed collection of songs that marks the musician’s signing with the revered New Jersey label, Bar/None Records. “Nap Time for Tom Coughlin” is […]

Broken Water’s Latest Release: Anything but a Traditional “Album”

Olympia, Washington’s Broken Water has been self-releasing music since early 2009. The three-piece outfit has a few EPs, singles, and LPs under its belt, and today, Broken Water is releasing a powerful two-track, 31-minute record called Seaside and Sedmikrásky. The release is an anomaly in today’s music world, as each track is really more of a musical epic with its own […]

You’re Not on Acid, You’re Just Listening to Willis Earl Beal

April 2012 belongs to one of America’s newest buzz acts, Willis Earl Beal: a man who ignores today’s traditional marketing strategies and gets right down to the grit. Every article written about the musician reveals Beal’s humble beginnings and his unyielding ambition to make music for a living. He started off busking in Chicago’s subways […]

Big Nils Gets Not So Serious

Coco Moore, Lilly Daiber, Zoe Wardlaw, and Sen Morimoto. Together, the four under-21s form a chopped-up and edgy punk-rock group called Big Nils. Yes, Coco Moore is Thurston Moore’s daughter. No, she does not want to talk about her feelings regarding the media’s coverage of her parents’ recent split. Big Nils started playing music together as a […]

BEATPOL: The Beat Goes On and On and On

Note: This is written in lower-case format because that is the format of the German website. ein musikalisches wahrzeichen in dresden hat eben im september seinen 20. geburtstag gefeiert. die beatpol konzerthalle, bekannt für ihr ambitioniertes programm mit vielen internationalen künstlern, leistet seit 20 jahren einen großen beitrag zur dresdner kulturszene. gegründet wurde “beatpol” im […]

Capillary Action: 15 May 2011 – Dresden, Germany

Capillary Action is an all-acoustic avant-pop quintet led by Oberlin graduate Jonathan Pfeffer. The band is presently on an 11-week international tour, which includes a stop at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona on May 24. They played a show in Dresden, Germany on May 15 and PopMatters was there. According to Pfeffer, Capillary Action […]

Hardcore Punk Band DYS Comes back Home to Cambridge Roots

DYS, a 1980s hardcore Boston-based band, is reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years, bringing band co-founder and bassist Jonathan Anastas back to the roots of his Cambridge youth. The band is reuniting with other Boston-area hardcore bands such as Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids for the first time to play a […]

Elliott Smith: Keeping The Musician Alive

For my final issue article of the semester, I decided to return to my roots and explore one of the primary musical influences of my life, Elliott Smith. I started listening to Smith’s music in 2004 when a friend gave me “Angeles” on an album mix. I fell in love with the song and quickly bought […]