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October 2011

Counterbalance No. 53: R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic for the People’

For this week's Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn discuss Acclaimed Music's 53rd Greatest Album of All Time. Grab some beans or black-eyed peas, some Nescafe on ice, and join them.


20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Well

In this second installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that have, remarkably, stood the test of time.


Out of the Dark and Into the Light: The Horrors and ‘Skying’

Do what thy wilt shall be the whole of the law -- the Horrors are making up their own rules, and it shows strongly in their recently-released third album, Skying.


Infamous Love Songs: An Interview with Over the Rhine

Their latest album was funded by their fans, Lucinda Williams stopped by to sing on a track, and the group's new record label is named after their dog. Welcome to the wonderful world of Over the Rhine ...


German Indie Venue Beatpol Celebrates 20 Years

A legendary German music venue that has hosted a number of major American acts over the last several years turns 20 this month.


Evolution Calling: Tool - “(-) Ions”

You're almost done with Ænima. Just two more songs to go. And one of them sounds like listening to a bug zapper for four minutes. But skipping the track will feel like a betrayal to a ferociously ambitious album.


An Interview with Enablers as They Kick off European Tour in Germany

Avant-garde, spoken-word band Enablers start their 42-show tour through Europe. PopMatters caught up with them in Dresden and they talked about the European music scene and what it's like to be part of such a distinct genre.


September 2011

Counterbalance No. 52: Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’

Radiohead’s 2000 LP is the 52nd most acclaimed album of all time. Everything in its right place. Counterbalanced, if you will.


Musical Auteurism: Recognizing Genius

An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.


10 Songs That Will Make You Love R.E.M.

Amidst all the laudatory goodwill being sent R.E.M.'s way in the wake of its breakup last week, not everyone is convinced they should give a hoot in the first place. Here are ten songs that might change your mind.


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