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August 2014

Counterbalance: ‘Van Halen’

(Dedicate one to the ladies...) This week's Counterbalance found the simple life ain't so simple, when it jumped out on the road. We're taking a look at Van Halen's 1978 debut album, which we're told is living at a pace that kills.


Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.


20 Questions: Slow Club

This Sheffield duo takes great care to craft new types of songs on every album, and also tell us that the soundtrack to Sister Act 2 just may be the greatest album ever made ...


Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “Downtown”

Their last song is a bit of a party-ending lark (a cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown"), but cooling down is just the move needed to close out one of the greatest pop albums in history.


Counterbalance: ‘The Modern Lovers’

Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop with the Modern Lovers' masterpiece on. Roadrunner once. Roadrunner twice. I'm in love with rock 'n' roll, and I'll be out all night. From 1976 (but recorded in '71 and '72), this week's Counterbalance is a cult classic.


Knowing When to Indulge the Rock-Out Impulse

Making the big dumb rock gesture isn't always the cool thing to do. But a good musician always knows when it's best to do it anyway.


It’s a Sad, Sad Situation: The 10 Best Sappy Love Songs of the ‘70s

If you were a child of the '70s, you no doubt grew up hearing these tunes slipping out your parents' eight-track player and car radio. The songs on the list are sappy, high-drama love ballads -- and for that they're being celebrated


Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” is Catchy, Fun, & Full of Id

Few can deny that Swift is a talented songwriter, but there are only so many times she can attack her "haters" before that trope feels as worn as a months-old US Weekly still sitting on the top of your toilet.


Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “6060-842”

Sorry, Tommy Tutone: the B-52's had you beat at this a long long time ago.


Counterbalance: Parquet Courts’ ‘Light Up Gold’

There are no more summer lifeguard jobs. There are no more art museums to guard. The lab is out of white lab coats, because there are no more slides and microscopes. But there always careers talking about this week's Counterbalance album.


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