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September 2012

Death’s Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - “Earth Died Screaming”

We kick off our latest Between the Grooves series today. Among the records of Tom Waits, Bone Machine is the one fans keep hidden amongst themselves, a secret treasure only the devout are privy to and the seasoned are worthy of. Simply put, it is not for the faint of heart.


Counterbalance No. 97: Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’

The 97th most acclaimed album of all-time packed it in, bought a pick-up truck and took it down to L.A. Neil Young’s 1972 commercial breakthrough is the subject of this week’s Counterbalance.


The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and… etc.)

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is the festival for people who don’t like festivals.


The Top Five Songs for the Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign

Republicans love rock 'n' roll -- almost as much as the bands loathe them. Here are five songs the GOP can call its own.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Night Rally” and “Radio Radio”

"Night Rally" is threatening and filled with devastating imagery, and "Radio Radio" -- while no less subversive in its subject matter -- is more upbeat, and most satisfyingly, contains a proper resolution.


August 2012

Counterbalance No. 96: Pixies’ ‘Surfer Rosa’

All I know is that there were rumors that the 96th most acclaimed album was into field hockey players. Pixies' 1988 breakthrough is this week's Counterbalance. And then the next thing you know . . .


A Masterpiece Will Only Take You to Your Next Album

For the longest time, I’d auto-choose Nirvana's In Utero over its catchier predecessor Nevermind. It’s not embarrassing I chose In Utero for so long. But what is embarrassing is how I reached that conclusion.


Five Things We Can Learn from Pitchfork’s “The People’s List”

Pitchfork's end-of-the-summer experiment, a global vote called "The People's List", resulted in a final list that was unsurprising to most and enraging to others. PopMatters examines five things we can take from this list, not just about Pitchfork but about contemporary indie music as a whole.


Tangled in the Great Escape: An Interview with Pierce the Veil

Experimental post-hardcore act Pierce the Veil has gone from a band on the verge to main stage scene-kings on the Vans Warped Tour. The band sits down with PopMatters to make sense of the wild ride.


Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Lipstick Vogue”

"Lipstick Vogue" builds off themes established previously on This Year's Model, but here the Attractions are simply unrestrained.


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