Sunday, December 15 2013
From '90s-era defining musical heroes and legendary singer-songwriters to the great soul and jazz artists of the '60s and glorious '70s rock, 2013 was a great year for new re-issues and compilations.
Wednesday, December 28 2011
This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.
Wednesday, October 5 2011
On Out of Time, R.E.M. wasn't too big to be cool -- yet.
Thursday, September 29 2011
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, September 21 2011
Where R.E.M -- like any band -- really distances themselves and makes their true case for greatness is in the lesser-known and semi-obscure songs.
Thursday, January 23 2014
In 2008 Michael Stipe introduced "Driver 8" as "a song that represents the dream of the United States of America and what it may become in the next three days." What did he mean, and has that dream come true?
Tuesday, May 14 2013
R.E.M.'s major label debut found the group confronting the realization that it was becoming kind of a big deal, and the impulses to either carry on like normal or address the situation head-on proved to be equally enticing.
Thursday, September 27 2012
As before-and-after a dividing line as any band ever drew, and easily one of the top hundred albums of 1987. Now with more grainy photographs.
Sunday, November 27 2011
Part Lies, which is the band’s seventh (!) greatest hits album not counting live records, is the one to get your mitts on – particularly if you’re like me and are more of a casual fan than a rabid diehard.
Thursday, July 14 2011
Dutifully repressed and remastered to commemorate its 25th anniversary, Lifes Rich Pageant might very well be the best R.E.M. album from the '80s.
Sunday, March 6 2011
After returning to form with their 2008 album Accelerate, the veteran alt-rockers decide the best way to follow it up is to offer more energetic romps with a few ballads mixed in.
Monday, January 28 2013
You don't have to be a music theory scholar to hear the difference.
Thursday, January 19 2012
This week’s look at the all-time most acclaimed albums talks about the passion, and the 1983 debut from the pride of Athens, GA. Combien de temps? Depends on how fast you read.
Wednesday, October 12 2011
One author's farewell ranking of the top 10 R.E.M. LPs illustrates that some albums that were monster hits have not aged especially well, while another album entitled Monster has, and that the usual suspects remain indelible after all these years.
Friday, October 7 2011
For this week's Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn discuss Acclaimed Music's 53rd Greatest Album of All Time. Grab some beans or black-eyed peas, some Nescafe on ice, and join them.
Wednesday, September 28 2011
Amidst all the laudatory goodwill being sent R.E.M.'s way in the wake of its breakup last week, not everyone is convinced they should give a hoot in the first place. Here are ten songs that might change your mind.
Monday, September 26 2011
R.E.M. broke up Wednesday, with an exit nearly as modest as its entrance. You couldn’t get much more humble than touring America