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March 2013

20 Questions: Popstrangers

This New Zealand trio's debut album is considered one of the best of the year already, and in a revealing 20 Questions, tell us about a kinship with Peter Pan, a desire to revolutionize the hospitality industry, and how irritating it is to be emotionally manipulated by American Idol ...


Counterbalance No. 119: The Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’

The 119th Most Acclaimed Album of All time always goes out dapper like the Harry S Truman, and it’s madder than Mad's Alfred E. Neuman. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are the subject of this week’s Counterbalance.


Rakim’s Top 5 Rhythmic Effects in “Follow the Leader”

Rakim packs a lot into 50 couplets; get in the flow and you can picture like a photo.


20 Questions: Hey Ocean!

This Canadian trio has been slowly building up a following for their quirky indie-pop sound, and now with a Juno nomination, their first charting single, and a boatload of "bronies" in tow, Hey Ocean! are on the verge of blowing up big, and talk to PopMatters in doing so ...


Counterbalance No. 118: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’

Like the 118th most acclaimed album of all time, Counterbalance will lay us down. Sail on, Silver Girl...


February 2013

More Than Mental Masturbation: Honoring Pretension

There are very few negative adjectives more brutally crippling than "pretentious". Very few can whittle away any pleasure from that description, and it’s often the kiss of death word when analyzing anyone’s artistic work.


The 10 Best Tortoise Songs

Tortoise's music is nearly impossible to pin down. So, let's try to do just that, shall we?


Wanderlust: An Interview with David Woll

David Woll's Transit is a perplexing and beguiling album that explores a lonely life on the road travelled by the strange, the hopeful, and the hopelessly lost.


The Album Remains the Same: Led Zeppelin - ‘The Ocean”

Capping off the eminently diverse Houses of the Holy is the riff-loaded “The Ocean”, a Zeppelin classic that reminds us that no matter how far the band may veer off into other realms, when it comes down to it, rock and roll is their brand of noise pollution.


Counterbalance No. 117: Bob Marley’s ‘Natty Dread’

You lively up yourself and don't be no drag. You lively up yourself, 'cause this is the other bag -- the 117th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Bob Marley makes his first Counterbalance appearance with his 1974 breakthrough.


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