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March 2012

20 Questions: Ruthie Foster

The Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster has just put out the most confident album of her career, and before taking it on the road, she speaks to PopMatters about Star Trek, Jerry the mouse, and speaking with Stephen Hawking.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “B-Boy Bouillabaisse”

“B-Boy Bouillabaisse” is one of the great denouements in the history of pop music, a 12-minute suite that gives us a definitive, multifarious view of urban life in the late 1980s.


Counterbalance No. 74: My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’

Counterbalance tiptoes down to the holy places and gives a listen to the 74th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.


Keep the Car Running: Swervedriver and the Sound of Speed

Cro-Magnon mating music, Martian childcare, hellbound murderers, and the serene pleasure of speed -- sounds like Swervedriver.


The Top 10 Madonna Album Cuts of All Time

With Madonna's 13th full-length studio album about to be released, we take a look at the ten best album-cuts that were never graced with the privilege of being officially released as a single.


20 Questions: Christopher Paul Stelling

After sweeping away hearts and minds at SXSW, acoustic singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling sits down PopMatters to discuss how he made slippers from a bolt of leather, why he traded in half of his recording instruments for a single guitar, and how exactly he'd recast Star Wars with characters from The X-Files ...


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “Shadrach”

The boys employ religious allusions on “Shadrach” in a similar manner as they have used the references to movies, kids’ cartoons, and cereal boxes. They’re simply trying to come at their subject from multifarious angles and provide variety and interest for the listener.


Counterbalance No. 73: Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’

Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine. I’m on the pavement, thinking about Bob Dylan’s 1965 folk-rock breakthrough album. It’s the 73rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time, and it’s this week’s Counterbalance.


10 Memorable Moments from Last Year’s SXSW Music Conference

With the 2012 South by Southwest Music Conference currently underway, Sound Affects lets you know about ten moments you might have missed at last year's event.


In Here the World Begins: An Interview with Blonde Redhead

Following the devastating tsunami that ravaged Japan last year, Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino wanted to do something about it, rounding up in-progress, yet-to-be-finished works by many of her famous musician friends and releasing the whole thing as a charity album. She tells PopMatters all about it.


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