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February 2012

Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “3-Minute Rule”

Coming after the aggressive intensity of the end of “The Sounds of Science”, “3-Minute Rule” seems slight, like the Beasties went on a mini-vacation.

Counterbalance No. 68: ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’

Counterbalance is a concept by which we measure the most Acclaimed Music of all time. This week, number 68 -- the first time an ex-Beatle makes the Great List.

The Dark Pop-Punk of the Shadow Delivers

Unlike potboiler musicians with kiss-off egos, the Shadow proves that Blank Generation music was open-ended and robust, a welcome home to punk brands of all stripes.

The Top 15 Madonna Singles of All Time

In the wake of Madonna'a ostentatious Super Bowl halftime performance, PopMatters presents a rundown of the Queen of Pop's 15 finest singles.

Something to Brag About: An Interview with Deer Tick

Hundreds of disposable cameras? Alter-egos known as "Captain Tipsy"? Determining what makes a Tickhead? All in a day's work for Deer Tick, who tells PopMatters all about it while still basking in the critical glow of its latest disc.

Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “The Sounds of Science”

“The Sounds of Science” is essentially a three-movement suite about hip-hop bravado. Rarely has science sounded hipper.

Counterbalance No. 67: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’

As Coltrane said, “One thought can produce millions of vibrations and they all go back to God.” A spiritual jazz masterpiece is the 67th most acclaimed album of all time. Counterbalance has a listen.

Don Cornelius: Rest in Peace, Love, and Soul

Soul Train creator/host Don Cornelius will be remembered--and should hereafter be celebrated--for giving a voice to Black America, and he should also be acknowledged—and praised—for making White America less white.

Jealous Creatures Recall the Brooding 1990s with Aplomb!

On their album Little Heaven Big Sky, alt-rockers Jealous Creatures aim to never droop or drag, just heave forward with well-crafted--not corporate--tendencies.

The 10 Best John Coltrane Solos

The process of deciding which Trane solos are the best of the best gave me a good reason to go back and listen to his catalog once again, as if an excuse is even needed. I hope you do the same.

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