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August 2011

Something Real: In Memory of Nickolas Ashford

In life, in words, and in music, Nickolas Ashford never gave less than the real thing. Where does 50 years of music go? They conduct symphonies of memories in the mind.


Evolution Calling: Tool - “Eulogy” and “H”

In the latest Between the Grooves series, Sean McCarthy undertakes a track-by-track examination of the concept of change in Tool's 1996 classic, Ænima, this time looking at "Eulogy" and "H".


Counterbalance No. 47: ‘The Band’

Wash your hands in lye water; you've got a date with the Band's 1969 self-titled masterpiece. Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are giving it a listen -- look out Cleveland!


The Luxuriant Discord of Leatherface

Adored by egghead critics and leathered punkers, the grizzled UK punk veterans in Leatherface offer another live album, Live in Melbourne: Viva La Arthouse (No


The 15 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

RHCP has unquestionably produced some of the most memorable and influential rock songs of the past couple decades. On the occasion of the band's new album I’m With You debuting this month, it’s worth revisiting the Chili Peppers’ extensive catalog.


Something Real: An Interview with Thomas Dybdahl

The Norwegian folk singer has been dodging Nick Drake comparisons all his life, but now, with his first-ever US release (despite a ton of albums to his name), Thomas Dybdahl feels like he's breaking through for the first time ...


Evolution Calling: Tool - “Stinkfist”

In the latest Between the Grooves series, Sean McCarthy undertakes a track-by-track examination of the concept of change in Tool's 1996 classic, Ænima, starting with "Stinkfist", one of the best metal songs of the '90s.


Counterbalance No. 46: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Just as all is born is new, do know what I say is true—that Stevie Wonder's 1976 opus is next on Counterbalance. It’s the 46th most acclaimed album of all time. You can feel it all over!


Like a Woodpecker from Mars, ‘Angel Dust’ Is Unimaginably Awesome

Faith No More's Angel Dust compels us to reimagine the genre distinctions on which the processes of music production and consumption rest.


In Defense of Good Sax

I could list several dozen songs that would be greatly lessened, if not unthinkable, without their saxophonic embellishment; so could you. In the interest of time and clarity, let's take three and call it a day.


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