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Features

Thursday, September 29 2011

The Year Alternative Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.


Wednesday, June 8 2011

In the Lap of the Gods: The First Five Queen Albums

Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.


Wednesday, November 4 2009

Nirvana: Bleach

Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 2 2014

Pixies: Doolittle 25

It's been 25 years sinceDoolittle first screamed about slicing up eyeballs and the numerical properties of deities. Now, we live in wake of its seismic impact.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways is based around a high-concept idea, but the result is an affirmation of the Foo Fighters' core appeal.


Monday, September 29 2014

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

These New Puritans: Field of Reeds

From neo post-punk upstarts to full-blown avant garde rockers, These New Puritans have come a long way in three albums' time.


Wednesday, October 30 2013

Au Revoir Simone: Move in Spectrums

The female trio's new album is equal parts inviting and distanced.


Suede: Bloodsports [18.Mar.13]
Green Day: ¡Tré! [10.Dec.12]
Green Day: ¡Dos! [13.Nov.12]
Green Day: ¡Uno! [24.Sep.12]
Bloc Party: Four [19.Aug.12]
Metric: Synthetica [11.Jun.12]
The Darcys: Aja [7.Jun.12]
Ceremony: Zoo [6.Mar.12]
Tristeza: Paisajes [21.Mar.11]
Miko: Chandelier [16.Jan.11]
Weekend: Sports [2.Jan.11]
Suede: The Best of [30.Nov.10]
Slash: Slash [12.Apr.10]
Githead: Landing [13.Dec.09]
Nouvelle Vague: 3 [29.Oct.09]

Blogs

Monday, December 15 2014

Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Suck"

The nasty little piece of work that is the Broken EP ends with Trent Reznor bringing a previous side-project collaboration fully under the Nine Inch Nails umbrella.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Physical (You're So)"

The first of two hidden tracks on the Broken EP delves into the dark past of some New Wave heroes.


Tuesday, December 2 2014

Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Gave Up"

As the final listed track on Broken, “Gave Up” is well-placed to serve as an encapsulation of the brief EP’s themes.


Monday, November 24 2014

Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Happiness in Slavery"

"Happiness in Slavery" is a standout from Nine Inch Nails' early output not for its confrontational nature, but as a showcase for Trent Reznor's acumen as a musician and a producer.


Tuesday, November 18 2014

Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Last" and "Help Me I Am in Hell"

For its third and fourth tracks, Broken arms itself with a bludgeoning wall of sound, followed by silent, creeping dread


No Big Day Out for Australia Next Year (Sound Affects) [26.Jun.14]
YouTube to Indie Labels: Pay Up or Get Out (Sound Affects) [19.Jun.14]
The Legacy of Kurt Cobain (Sound Affects) [8.Apr.14]
Diplo and His "Hero"es (Sound Affects) [13.Mar.14]
The Top 10 Most Awesome Queen Songs (Sound Affects) [5.Mar.14]
The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas" (Sound Affects) [16.Oct.13]
The Top 10 Cure Love Songs (Sound Affects) [13.Feb.13]
10 Great Comeback Singles (Sound Affects) [30.Jan.13]
Paul McCartney Gets Heavy with Nirvana (Sound Affects) [14.Dec.12]
Ranking the Green Day Albums (Sound Affects) [4.Dec.12]
The Top 10 Epic Smashing Pumpkins Tracks (Sound Affects) [14.Jun.12]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2 (Sound Affects) [25.Jan.12]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love R.E.M. (Sound Affects) [28.Sep.11]
The End of R.E.M. (Sound Affects) [22.Sep.11]
The 10 Best Nirvana Songs Ever (Sound Affects) [8.Jun.11]
The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight (Sound Affects) [9.Mar.11]
1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums (Sound Affects) [3.Feb.11]
The Beatles: 1962-1966 / 1967-1970 (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.10]
Blur - "There's No Other Way" (Sound Affects) [22.Apr.10]
Answering Lady Gaga’s "Telephone" Call (Sound Affects) [2.Apr.10]
Say Hello to the Popguns (Sound Affects) [21.Jan.10]
Green Day - All About 'Dookie': "Chump" (Sound Affects) [29.Nov.09]
Green Day - All About 'Dookie': "Burnout" (Sound Affects) [24.Nov.09]
Depeche Mode - "Master and Servant" (Sound Affects) [20.Nov.09]
Ultravox - "Vienna" (Sound Affects) [29.Oct.09]
Sonic's Rendezvous Band - "City Slang" (Sound Affects) [28.Oct.09]
In Memoriam: Ian McCulloch’s Voice (Sound Affects) [15.Oct.09]
The Smashing Pumpkins - "Hello Kitty Kat" (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.09]
The Beatles - "Dear Prudence" (Sound Affects) [23.Sep.09]
Adorable - "Sunshine Smile" (Sound Affects) [14.Sep.09]
Ready for the World - "Oh Sheila" (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.09]
Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising (Sound Affects) [3.Sep.09]
Bad Lieutenant - "Sink or Swim" (Sound Affects) [31.Aug.09]
Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Again. (Sound Affects) [28.Aug.09]
Ye Shall Be Entertained, So Sayeth Queen (Sound Affects) [25.Aug.09]
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