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Wednesday, November 30 2011

The 25 Best Re-Issues of 2011

The year's best reissues are highlighted by a massive re-issue campaign for the kings of English prog rock, a soul giant, and the masterwork of one of America's finest ever pop bands.


Tuesday, October 11 2011

It's All Right, It's All Right, Alllllll Right: U2's 'Achtung Baby'

Pretty much everyone under the age of 35 views U2 as a bunch of overzealous assholes, but this 25-year-old can't help but still blast the group's 1991 masterpiece.


Tuesday, January 26 2010

Part 3: From Porcupine Tree to Wye Oak

Slipped Discs continues with Norwegian electro pop, lots of Scottish pop goodness, two rock institutions, a Soviet born chanteuse and many more. All records that missed our top 60 list last year.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Singles of 2009

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2009, highlighted by a trio of American indie rock headliners.


Wednesday, February 25 2009

Many Will See and Hear: U2's Prescient Youth

U2's first three albums are an opportunity to try and remember what their youth was like, to contemplate how they grew into mega-mega-mega-superstars, with action-figure-ready personas and their own blockbuster-sized iconography.


Columns

Monday, May 9 2011

Selling Sex: The Media, Fantasy, and How I Fell in Love with Britney Spears

It all started when I was in Walgreens buying deodorant and I saw her looking me right in the eye with a glossy glow from the cover of an October 2010 issue of US Weekly.


Monday, March 26 2007

Behind the Music

It's impossible to listen to music in a vacuum, to take the sound of a band on its own merits. There are so many outside factors at play – reviews, friends opinions, larger cultural influences . . .


Reviews

Sunday, September 14 2014

U2: Songs of Innocence

It's hard to fault a lot of young people for are asking the question of "Who is U2?", because after listening to Songs of Innocence, this is a question that not even the band themselves could answer.


Tuesday, July 30 2013

Is Bono Just a Little Too Cozy with the Powerful People? 'The Frontman: Bono'

Without denying the practical good achieved by some of his projects, Harry Browne, a Dublin-based "activist and journalist", criticizes Bono's cozy neo-liberal, market-funded loyalties.


Thursday, November 10 2011

U2: Achtung Baby (20th Anniversary Edition)

Say goodbye to the pious conscience of rock, enter the Fly: U2's daring sonic reinvention resulted in the artistic pinnacle of its career. Twenty years later, are remastered commemorative editions enough to tempt you into obtaining a record you should already own?


Thursday, July 28 2011

U2: 20 July 2011 - E. Rutherford, NJ

While Aung San Suu Kyi reminded people that their voices "are louder than any rock band", the captivated audience stayed late to ensure they heard every minute of U2's ageless music.


Wednesday, November 11 2009

U2: 18 October 2009 - Norman, OK

This is, to be sure, U2 at their touring highpoint.


Blogs

Friday, May 18 2012

Counterbalance No. 82: U2's 'Achtung Baby'

Did U2’s 1991 blockbuster disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? Either way, it’s still the 82nd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance has a listen.


Thursday, January 26 2012

10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2

As the documentary From the Sky Down marks its arrival on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, Sound Affects list ten songs intended to help you warm up to the biggest band in the world.


Friday, June 17 2011

Counterbalance No. 38: U2’s 'The Joshua Tree'

In the locust wind comes a rattle and hum. Counterbalance wrestled with the album and the album was overcome. U2's The Joshua Tree is next on the Great List—Klinger and Mendelsohn have a listen.


Friday, February 4 2011

1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums

Whether it was by overthrowing the old guard, engaging in self-reinvention, or by modernizing a particular approach for the new decade, change was a concept that imbued many of 1991’s seminal rock albums.


Wednesday, August 18 2010

U2’s New Songs: Worthy of the Milky Way?

In Turin, Italy U2 debuted two new and official songs: “Glastonbury” and “North Star”; quite possibly both ditties will show up on the band’s forthcoming album.


News

Tuesday, January 10 2012

For U2, 2011 was a blockbuster year

LOS ANGELES — Demonstrating that there’s no substitute for the live concert experience, U2 has once again taken the crown in the Los Angeles Times’


Monday, January 2 2012

U2’s big tour has a big payoff

LOS ANGELES — U2’s final spate of shows on its massive “360 Tour” lands as the top-grossing tour of 2011 across North America and throughout the world,


Wednesday, July 27 2011

Documentary about U2 will open Toronto Film Festival

Movies starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, as well as a documentary about Irish rockers U2, are among the high-profile pictures heading to the Toronto


Tuesday, April 12 2011

U2 sets record for highest-grossing tour

LOS ANGELES — U2 isn't a band that does things on the cheap. When frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge went to Broadway, they did so


Tuesday, November 23 2010

U2 preps live EP on vinyl for 'Black Friday' at indie record stores

LOS ANGELES — U2 is pitching in with other acts that are offering special releases in conjunction with "Black Friday" promotions Nov. 26 that support independent record


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