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.
Sunday, July 27 2008
With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.
Monday, July 17 2006
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.
Tuesday, January 7 2014
An exceptional package and a worthy commemoration of one of the most important rock albums of all time.
Tuesday, January 8 2013
Well, since you asked: yes, this is necessary.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
By the time they got to Texas, in 1975, The Who had nothing to prove except the undeniable impact they could still make, any place, any time.
Sunday, October 28 2012
This is Pete Townshend laid, more or less, bare; offering us tales from the cradle to the hearing aid, and reflections on a life that our hero seems to feel doesn’t add up to what it should.
Tuesday, April 17 2012
The Grateful Dead's most exciting stuff is born of some pretty daring work on the high wire. They certainly fall from time to time, but not nearly as often as they might.
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!
Monday, September 6 2010
Bursting with imagination and aided by the power in Pete Townshend's iconoclastic tunes, Tommy transcends the typical musical ideals to become a piece of pure pop art poetry.