Thursday, April 2 2015
Iconic chair-smashings helped shape the identity of the Soul! television program, while also alluding to the civil disobedience of the late '60s and early '70s.
Monday, November 28 2011
Everything Pete Townshend did up until 1973 set the stage for Quadrophenia. It’s all in there: the pre-teen angst, the teenage agonies and the post-teen despondency.
Sunday, May 22 2011
Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.
Thursday, December 16 2010
Successful live albums are challenging things, judged by their ability to adequately portray the power of a performance. 2010 proved that even a strong crop of carefully staged and recorded recent shows could still be overshadowed by legendary sets of the past.
Thursday, December 17 2009
PopMatters presents our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.
Monday, July 17 2006
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.
Thursday, November 20 2014
It's not a perfect intro nor a set for the hardcore, but this anniversary set shows the Who are still vital after 50 years.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
The Who, however it survives, repeats that that youthful concerns and ideals matter, no matter how long the band or we endure.
Thursday, July 24 2014
The Who FAQ brings some entertaining insight into who the hell those guys are.
Thursday, April 24 2014
What more is there to say about the rock opera, Tommy? Quite a lot.
Tuesday, January 7 2014
An exceptional package and a worthy commemoration of one of the most important rock albums of all time.
Friday, March 27 2015
What's for tea, darling? Darling, I said, What's for tea? It's a 1967 pop-art masterpiece. You're going to choke on it, too. A pioneer in the art of the concept album is this week's Counterbalance.
Thursday, July 18 2013
How a rock opera from the '70s transformed what should have been another calm, neglectful Sunday in my life.
Friday, January 18 2013
I thought I was the Bally table king, but I just handed my pinball crown to the 113th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance goes rock-operatic with a 1969 magnum opus.
Thursday, October 13 2011
Tommy is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring work that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal.
Friday, May 13 2011
In this edition of Counterbalance, Mendelsohn and Klinger play the tape machine, make the toast and tea, and enjoy a spirited debate about the Who’s 1971 tour de force. They’re all wasted!