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August 2013

The Sound of Starting Over: An Interview with Beau Bokan of blessthefall

"Some bands are just there and they go through the motions and all these bands do the same things over and over again and no one is feeling it."


Counterbalance No. 138: ‘New York Dolls’

The 138th most acclaimed album of all time is a prima ballerina on a spring afternoon who changed on into a wolfman howling at the moon. New York Dolls’ 1973 debut is this week’s Counterbalance -- you got it while it was hot.


It’s 10:15 on a Midsummer Night. Do You Know Where Your Favorite Artist Is?

Odds are, your favorite artist is out tonight busking, either on stage or by infusing the airwaves. The ongoing decline in revenues from music sales has forced artists to rely on touring and licensing to make ends meet.


Not So Incidental Music: A Dozen Essential Superchunk Songs

Debunking the popular opinion that all Superchunk songs sound the same, PopMatters picks a dozen essential tracks from the Chapel Hill band's catalog that proves there's a lot more variety and craft to it than it's given credit for.


Colin All Arms: An Interview with Colin Stetson

Whether you understand his music or not, Stetson's work is undeniably powerful -- a walled-in chamber of voluptuous white noise in which the artist holds the addressees of his wayward signals captive. He speaks to PopMatters about his new album, his 100-year-old sax, and more.


Hopes on Juana Molina’s Comeback

With the announcement of Juana Molina’s upcoming album, Wed 21, an unexplainable excitement grew inside of me.


Counterbalance No. 137: Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Super Fly’

Darkest of night with the moon shining bright, there's a set goin' strong, lotta things goin' on. The 137th most acclaimed album of all time has an air of great power. The dudes have envied it for so long. Curtis Mayfield's masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Lady Gaga’s Round of “Applause” (single review)

As Gaga and Perry go toe-to-leopard-print-toe, it's obvious which diva comes out on top. Shame then that neither track are indicative of either artist's actual strengths ...


Katy Perry’s “Roar” Is Surprisingly Tame

After breaking records and becoming one of the biggest millennial pop stars in the world, Katy Perry's big comeback single is surprisingly safe, timid, and -- worst of all -- just plain boring.


Strange Loops: Liz Phair - “Stratford-on-Guy”

Guyville’s penultimate track reinforces the acting, knowing contradiction that makes Liz Phair’s vision as a storyteller so unique, its memorable chorus succinctly encapsulating the album’s stresses, disappointments and grit without redundancy.


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