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June 2013

20 Questions: Nico Vega

It's taken four years but Nico Vega stands poised to revive all things rock with its long-awaited sophomore album Lead to Light later this year. Until you get the chance to hear those songs, however, there's always PopMatters' "20 Questions" series to have your back.


Counterbalance No. 133: Neil Young’s ‘Rust Never Sleeps’

The King is gone, but he’s not forgotten. This is the story of the 133rd most acclaimed album of all time. Is there more to the question than meets the eye? This week’s Counterbalance investigates.


The Top Eight Songs About Other Famous People

You're so vain but this song is about you.


20 Questions: Alpine

They're already known as one of Australian alternative's rising stars, but there's no better time to dive into their blend of electro-pop if you haven't yet heard A Is For Alpine. Or you can read this first and get to know them on an eHarmony level!


Strange Loops: Liz Phair – “Canary”

“Canary”, the eighth track on Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, and in many ways the album’s most significant thematic and tonal turning point, makes a strong case for why a musician -- especially one with as sharp a gift for word play as Phair -- need always publicly publish her official lyrics.


Counterbalance No. 132: Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

We bet that the 132nd most acclaimed album of all time will shoot down your plane, and it’ll take a couple vodka and limes to set you on your feet again. Counterbalance hunts the horny-backed toad with Sir Elton’s 1973 blockbuster.


God and Man on ‘Modern Vampires of the City’

The biggest surprise of Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City is that it's a deeply God-haunted album, with Ezra Koenig posing some questions that don't have answers.


Facing the Path of Time: Alice in Chains Remembered

The sumo wrestler suits are still awesome.


Strange Loops: Liz Phair – “Soap Star Joe” / “Explain It to Me”

If we’re to properly consider “Explain It to Me”, one of the most beloved tracks on Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, we must put it into relationship with its preceding number, “Soap Star Joe”, an oft-forgotten, discordant ditty that has all the charm and seriousness of a spaghetti western.


May 2013

Counterbalance No. 131: King Crimson’s ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’

The purple piper plays his tune, the choir softly sing. Three lullabies in an ancient tongue, for the court of the crimson king. A 1969 progressive rock milestone is the 131st most acclaimed album of all time.


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