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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 tiptoes down to the holy places and gives a listen to the 74th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.
Cro-Magnon mating music, Martian childcare, hellbound murderers, and the serene pleasure of speed -- sounds like Swervedriver.
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.
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 ...
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.