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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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14 Feb 2013 // 4:00 AM

The Top 10 Cure Love Songs

From mournful laments to giddy, knees-up swoons and everything in between, in observance of Valentine's Day Sound Affects runs down the choice love songs from post-punk's most capable romantics.

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29 Jan 2013 // 5:30 AM

10 Movies You Need to See in 2013

2012 is over. So, what are some of the hotly anticipated films of 2013? Here are our choices.

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Short Ends and Leader’s Best Films of 2012

There was more good and god-awful this year, making this particular Top Ten a tough one to compile.

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Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.

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Tis the Season… Ranking ‘Weeds’ Eight Seasons from Worst to Best

Contrary to what some of my friends think, a knowledge of or interest in smoking pot is simply not necessary for one to enjoy Weeds.

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Oscar Odds for November: Best Picture Power Rankings

The Oscars ceremony on February 24 may seem like a long way off, but the Best Picture race is already beginning to take shape.

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Down in It: The 20 Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

Fans should reasonably expect very little, if any, new Nine Inch Nails output in the near or distant future. Which means now is as good a time as any to get a little retrospective when it comes to trying to figure out Trent Reznor's best work within the NIN framework.

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20 Nov 2012 // 10:14 PM

Ten Great Musical Gifts for the Holidays

This year saw the release of many truly stellar box sets and re-issues from the Holy Grail of Western pop music (the earliest Louis Armstrong recordings and the Beatles remasters on vinyl) to indie heroes like Sugar and folk pioneer Woody Guthrie. Here's ten of our faves.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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