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September 2013

This Is Not Your Bloody Valentine: 10 Essential Non-‘Loveless’ Shoegaze Albums

Despite all the criticism and perhaps unworthy purple praise, there remains virtually a whole movement people ignore outside of its pink, hazy zenith.


Counterbalance No. 141: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’

One hundred forty-first most acclaimed album of all time, talk to me. Makes you want to feel like a teenager. Until you remember the the feelings of a real life emotional teenager. Then you think again. LCD Soundsystem is this week's Counterbalance.


Compromising Me: An Interview with William Beckett

"I think it’s important to respect the past and honor what we accomplished and what that meant for so many people, including myself."


Strange Loops: Liz Phair - “Strange Loop”

By the time the unexpectedly bright “Strange Loop” begins, and our Guyville journey ostensibly comes to its close, we have been so immersed in the quirks, characters, and corners of this fictitious, conceptual land that Phair’s final act is to catch us off guard. If Exile in Guyville was a thriller, “Loop” would be its masterful twist ending.


August 2013

Counterbalance No. 140: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’

Hey you. Yes, you behind the bikesheds. How can you have any pudding if you don't listen to the 140th most acclaimed album of all time? Pink Floyd's magnum opus is this week's Counterbalance, so settle in and feel the warm thrill of confusion.


Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’: The ??? on !!!

Brooklyn dance rock veterans !!! are currently overseas on tour in support of their excellent new album THR!!!ER. PopMatters was able to catch up with the band to discuss the origins of the group's punctuation-friendly handle, diva vocals, Big Audio Dynamite, and the strength of the hottest !!! lineup to date.


Make a New Cult Everyday: The 10 Best Belle and Sebastian Non-Album Songs

It's hard to think of any current band that's gotten as much mileage out of non-album releases as Belle and Sebastian has.


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.


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