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Brits in Hot Weather #13: Guru, JW Ridley, Amahla, Salt Ashes, Hayden Thorpe

Welcome to the latest edition of "Brits in Hot Weather". This is the edition where "Brits" finally becomes a teenager and skulks off to his room to sit in a thick fug so potent it could be used as an effective insect repellent. Yes, this is the 13th edition and we have another cracker for you. As always the idea is a simple one. We have five songs from five British artists for you to pop into your ear canals and let wheedle their way into your cerebrum. This week we have urgent post-punk fro...
Tags: Feature, Music, Soul, Guru, Ridley, Post-punk, JW Ridley, Electropop, Brits in hot weather, Alternative pop, Amahla, Salt ashes, Hayden thorpe, Ridley Amahla Salt Ashes Hayden Thorpe

The Confounding Case of Charlie Megira

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Tags: Feature, Music, Experimental, Numero Group, Charlie megira

Fighting Above Your Class: Steve Poltz on Songwriting, Loss, Relocation and, Yes, Wrestling

[Laughs.] It became this thing where the live shows were really fun, but you can't re-create that on a record. Eventually, I said, "I'm just going to make the best records I can make and pick good people to work with. And always put on a good live show." And I always wanted to have an element of danger like my teacher Country Dick Montana from the Beat Farmers. That was one of my main guys. I also remember when I went to see Loudon Wainwright III at McCabe's in L.A. I was in the Rugburns at...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Cuba, Dad, Folk, Singer-songwriter, Dodgers, Yasiel Puig, Rufus, Steve Poltz, Loudon, McCabe

Inspiring Empathy by Removing the Abstraction: Tey Meadow's 'Trans Kids'

To be transgender in 2019 is to face near-constant scrutiny and criticism. Since 2013, nearly half of the states in the USA considered, debated, or attempted to pass a bill that would limit gender-separated bathroom access to the biological or at-birth sex of the person using that bathroom. North Carolina passed contentious legislative restriction in an act dubbed "the bathroom bill". While that specific regulation was repealed, it was repealed in such a way as to almost certainly prevent transg...
Tags: Feature, Books, Music, Usa, United States, Sociology, North America, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Case studies, Ontario, Gender Inequality, Trump, Rachel, Meadow, Trans Rights

Mahalo, Mary Magdalene: An Interview with Chart-Topping Grammy Winner Yvonne Elliman

"She Still Has the Spark": A Tribute to Yvonne Elliman Yvonne Elliman is a muse with a multitude of powers. She's inspired poetry in songwriters, manifested the vision of film and stage directors, and blended her voice with rock legends and soul powerhouses alike. In this exclusive PopMatters tribute, two dozen composers, producers, vocalists, musicians, and industry magnates celebrate the uniqueness of Elliman's talent and how she's impacted their own lives and careers. Sir Tim Rice — Yv...
Tags: Feature, Music, Disco, Interview, Pop, Chicago, Hawaii, Broadway, Shep Gordon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Eric Clapton, Jesus Christ, Rice, Steve Cropper, Saturday Night Fever, Jesus Christ Superstar

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