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December 2011

Counterbalance No. 60: Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite for Destruction’

You know where you are? You’re in Counterbalance, baby! And Guns N’ Roses 1987 debut is the 60th most acclaimed album of all time -- take that one to heart!

November 2011

My Top 5: Hurricane Bells

After soundtracking a bit of Twilight: New Moon and releasing a lovely new record earlier this year, Hurricane Bells' Steve Schiltz takes us through his top five favorite albums of all-time, all while wondering why more kids don't love the Edge . . .

20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Terribly

In this third and final installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that the passage of time has been especially unkind to.

All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Going to California”

In the second of Led Zeppelin IV's two acoustic offerings, the band pays tribute to Joni Mitchell as Robert Plant quests for the hippie promised land.

1, 2, 3, Go: The 10 Best Fugazi Songs

Washington, DC, punk heroes Fugazi called it quits 10 years ago, but the band's legacy as the finest of its generation remains untouched. A Herculean task, sure, but here we go: narrowing down Fugazi's catalog to its finest 10 moments.

The Stone Roses Reunion: Fool’s Gold, or What the World Is Waiting For?

Isn't this recently-reformed rock group the same band that, apparently, just lied to its disciples about the possibility of a reunion?

All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Four Sticks”

Sometimes the impetus behind a classic recording is the need to show one's rivals who's the real champ, as John Bonham did with his masterful drum performance for the meter-shifting song "Four Sticks".

Counterbalance No. 59: Pixies’ ‘Doolittle’

If man is five, then the devil is six. And if the devil is six, then the Pixies' Doolittle is 59. The 59th most acclaimed album in music history, that is.

Black Magic: 15 Essential Original Lineup Black Sabbath Songs

The original lineup of one of heavy metal's first and greatest bands has recently announced it had reunited and is heading back into the studio, so now is as good a time as any to dive into the vault and celebrate some essential Black Sabbath offerings from that incarnation.

Washington D.C. Punk Rock: That Was Then, This is Now!

J. Robbins' new project Office of Future Plans arrives in full-throttle mode, while Government Issue's self-titled fourth LP finally re-surfaces after two decades!

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