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This Is Not Your Bloody Valentine: 10 Essential Non-‘Loveless’ Shoegaze Albums

Despite all the criticism and perhaps unworthy purple praise, there remains virtually a whole movement people ignore outside of its pink, hazy zenith.

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Make a New Cult Everyday: The 10 Best Belle and Sebastian Non-Album Songs

It's hard to think of any current band that's gotten as much mileage out of non-album releases as Belle and Sebastian has.

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21 Aug 2013 // 6:00 AM

Not So Incidental Music: A Dozen Essential Superchunk Songs

Debunking the popular opinion that all Superchunk songs sound the same, PopMatters picks a dozen essential tracks from the Chapel Hill band's catalog that proves there's a lot more variety and craft to it than it's given credit for.

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24 Jul 2013 // 12:00 AM

All Hail the Mountain Goats: 20 Essential Songs

The 2002 release All Hail West Texas marked a turning point for the Mountain Goats, as John Darnielle went from underground home recording cult hero to wider acclaim. With this week's reissue of All Hail West Texas, we review essential tracks from the Mountain Goats' back catalog.

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A Record (Un)Clean: The Ten Best Warren Zevon Lyrics

Ten years have passed since the death of Warren Zevon, undoubtedly the most underrated of the great American songwriters. With his acerbic, graceful, and macabre wit still lingering long after his death, PopMatters looks back on his most lasting lyrical contributions.

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10 Films That Completely Defy Expectations

Think you've got a film figured out before you enter the theater? Here's 10 examples of how, on occasion, you can be completely wrong. Completely wrong.

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Ranking the Greats: The Films of Terry Gilliam

Ten terrific examples of how movies are magic from the only American member of Monty Python and a director worthy of the title "auteur".

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The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date

As Hov readies the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it's time to take a look at the 20 best songs his career has offered so far.

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The Top 5 ‘Girly Sound’ Tracks from Liz Phair

In anticipation and celebration of Exile in Guyville’s 20th anniversary, Sound Affects shares its picks for the top five Girly Sound tracks, the record that formed the blueprint for Exile and later portions of Liz Phair's output.

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The Top Eight Songs About Other Famous People

You're so vain but this song is about you.

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A Festival, a Parade: The National’s Best Lyrics

To celebrate the National's new record, Trouble Will Find Me, we count down frontman Matt Berninger's best lyrics.

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Five Reasons to Mourn: RIP Cathedral

Some fans may prefer the slow-baked emotional trouncing of the band's early years, while others may prefer the fuzz and buzz of its rockier mid-era riots. Either way, Cathedral was a hugely influential band then, and will remain so long into the future. Here are five formidable (and ear-splitting) reasons to mourn Cathedral's passing.

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The 10 Best Early Billy Bragg Songs

As a young man, Billy Bragg reinvented punk rock with songs as fiercely political as they were emotional. Three decades after he released his first album, PopMatters counts down his ten best outings from those early years.

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The 10 Best Productions by… Guy Sigsworth

On the eve of his next major project release, Alison Moyet's the minutes, here's a countdown of this UK songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer's best productions.

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The 5 Best Moments on the New Paramore Album

For its fourth studio album and first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro, Paramore have made its most ambitious album to date. The self-titled album is more eclectic and more pop-centric than the first three, and it also might be the group's best.

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Top 12 Most Likely Songs to Be on Your Stalker’s Playlist

From classic stalker hits to contemporary indie, PopMatters presents stalker hits that will make you laugh, shiver, and lock your doors. Maroon 5, get away from that beauty queen of only 18.

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The Top 10 Filmmakers from Chinese Territories Working Today

Think Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema is all martial arts and crime movies? Well, that's part of its allure, but these 10 auteurs prove there is more to the industry than action and thrillers.

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10 Songs That Will Make You Love Rush

On the eve of the long-lived Canadian trio's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sound Affects attempts to coerce newbies into the vast, rewarding, fun, and often beautiful Rush back catalog with this selection of songs.

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Britpop Redux: The Top 10 Suede Singles

Here they come (again), the beautiful ones. As Suede returns with its first studio album in 11 years, PopMatters ranks the top a-sides by the influential yet seldom imitated band that kickstarted Britpop two decades ago.

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Rakim’s Top 5 Rhythmic Effects in “Follow the Leader”

Rakim packs a lot into 50 couplets; get in the flow and you can picture like a photo.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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