Being good isn’t always easy, no matter how hard we try. When the 103rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time started sweet talking to us, well... Can you get away again tonight for a little Dusty Springfield?
Neither of the statements in the headline is true, not really. But both have the air of truth about them, which, in rock ’n’ roll, is often enough.
In the wake of a recently-announced limited-edition covers EP, the merest inkling of a full-fledged Replacements reunion is reason enough to re-explore the revered cult band's songbook. Here are 15 of best songs by one of America's finest rock groups with a full playlist at the end.
It was a tranquil cover of "Sweet Child o' Mine" that helped her break through, but her island-inspired dreampop is a sound all its own. Victoria Bergsman sits down with PopMatters to discuss animals, Harry Rabbit, and teach us some Swedish as well.
In its depiction of a botched suicide, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me" conjures goosebumps, accelerates heartbeats, and leaves a seasick queasiness in the listener.
The 102nd most acclaimed album of all time knew all the right people, took all the right pills. Counterbalance gives it a listen to see if it was all just wasted time.
Here be a few brief bits and pieces that, when you add them up, don’t really amount to much. Sorry, but whaddayagonnado?
Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 15 contenders vying to be inducted as part of its Class of 2013. By adhering to the Hall's broad definition of rock 'n' roll and by trying to objectively apply its induction criteria, Sound Affects has narrowed down the choices to five artists it would vote for if it could.
Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano dishes the goods on J-rock, the Ramones, and candy.
With “Who Are You”, Tom Waits scales back the world-reckoning themes of Bone Machine’s previous tracks, internalizing the despair to make one of the album’s most emotionally devastating songs.