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September 2011

Evolution Calling: Tool – “Cesaro Summability” and “Ænima”

A crunching guitar riff and pulverizing drumming unfortunately can't save "Ænima" from some lax songwriting.


Counterbalance No. 51: Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘There’s a Riot Goin’ On’

Just any old player, you know he needs a rating, and Sly and the Family Stone's 1971 landmark is rated the 51st Greatest Album of All Time by Acclaimed Music. Counterbalance has a listen.


The End of R.E.M.

On Wednesday, R.E.M. -- one of the most important alternative rock bands of all time -- announced it was calling it quits. But with the group having been described as "important" for so long, it's possible that it's been all too often taken for granted.


Flame Dancer: Martha Davis and the ‘Twisted Pop’ of the Motels

What happened when Motels founder Martha Davis stepped into a row of flames? Thirty years later, Apocalypso holds the answer.


20 Questions: JD Souther

The man who helped create monster hits for the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt takes them back on his latest album, and along the way reveals why he wishes to live in multiple universes at once . . .


Evolution Calling: Tool – “Die Eier Von Satan” and “Pushit”

Tool prepares for Ænima's final act with a nine-minute epic--and a cookie recipe.


Counterbalance No. 50: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’

“Wendy?” “Yes, Lisa.” “Are you ready to listen to Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn talk about Prince's Purple Rain?” “Yes, Lisa, it’s the 50th most acclaimed album of all time.” “Shall we begin?” “Yes, Lisa.” Ow!


I’m Here to Take the Sky: An Interview with D.R.U.G.S.

An alt-metal supergroup with multimedia dominance has been rocking the Warped Tour all summer, and in sitting down with PopMatters, they get the record straight, try to take ego out of the occasion, and reveal the one band who they bow down to during Warped . . .


15 Landmark Dance Tracks from 1991

As a precursor to PopMatters' upcoming retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at 15 pivotal tracks from the year where dance music's potential to amaze seemed boundless.


20 Questions: Parachute

When not co-writing songs with Lady Antebellum or conquering pop charts, Parachute also enjoys the simple things in life: nudity, Jesse McCartney, and stoking the fires of the eternal Star Wars/Star Trek debate ...


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