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April 2012

A Savvy Soundtrack to Modern Decay

The Artcore fanzine produces another compilation LP that showcases the brutal beauty of punk in the present tense.


20 Questions: Martin Sexton

He sold 15,000 copies of his cassette-only debut, got signed to a major label, made his own independent, and then got his songs featured on the likes of Scrubs and Parenthood. He's never done anything the easy way, and when he sits down for PopMatters' 20 Questions, he winds up revealing so much more . . .


Prog’s Only Stupid Dream: Porcupine Tree - “Even Less”

PopMatters' newest Between the Grooves series explores the often overlooked 1999 masterpiece by progressive rock legends Porcupine Tree. The album's opening track, "Even Less", still stands as one of the band's finest epics, and signifies a shift away from the eccentric psychedelia and moody Krautrock of its early work.


March 2012

Counterbalance No. 75: Derek & the Dominos’ ‘Layla’

What’ll you do when you get lonely, with nobody waiting by your side? You could read the latest Counterbalance, discussing the 75th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. This time around it’s Eric Clapton’s pseudonymous 1970 classic.


5 Reasons Why Pepe Deluxé‘s ‘Queen of the Wave’ Is a Masterpiece

Last month, PopMatters gave Pepe Deluxé's pop-opera-surf-rock concept album Queen of the Wave a perfect 10 score, just one of many plaudits the LP has amassed in a scant few weeks of releases. Sound Affects breaks down five reasons why this record is a stellar achievement destined to become a cult classic.


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.


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