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May 2014

A Strange and Surreal World: The Dandy Warhols and ‘Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia’

After talking to the band, it’s impossible to see how Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was created. But it’s probably best that way.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Please Let Me Wonder”

Opening a side full of lush ballads, "Please Let Me Wonder" presents a multi-layered lyric about the difficulties of intimacy and pursuing creative fulfillment.


Counterbalance: St. Germain’s ‘Tourist’

I want you to get together. Put your hands together. It's a simple song so you can work it out -- a 2000 electronic landmark and the subject of this week's Counterbalance.


The Seer Guides Us to Be Kind: Ten Great Songs by Swans 2.0

Following their "reconstitution", Swans have put out three albums since 2010. PopMatters examines the best material the innovative rock band has put out during that time.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Dance, Dance, Dance”

To close out Side A, the Beach Boys give us a seemingly straightforward dance song about hedonistic escapism, and, of course, dancing!


Counterbalance: Redd Kross’ ‘Third Eye’

Tube-top mama nearly six feet tall, she is the fox of the shopping mall. A buried treasure from 1990, drenched in irony (or is it?), is this week's Counterbalance.


K-Pop Roundup - April 2014

In a month marked by tragedy in South Korea, it's hard to enjoy pop music. But the first half of April offers some undeniably great music, and hopefully some of it can help lift our spirits.


When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Help Me, Ronda”

Before there was "Rhonda", there was "Ronda". Not quite the beloved single released later in 1965, the original version of "Help Me, Ronda" that appears on The Beach Boys Today! still has its strengths.


Counterbalance: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’

This week's Counterbalance got some interstellar-gator skin boots and a helter skelter 'round her little finger and I ride it endlessly. Take a dip in the Arctic Monkeys' daydreams with their latest release.


April 2014

20 Questions: Woo

With their first album of new material in a long time, Woo talk about helping U2's early career, the power of Q on Star Trek, and their one album that has yet to sell a single copy.


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