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January 2012

20 Questions: Pyyramids

What happens when you combine one member of He Say She Say and one of the pop masterminds behind OK Go? You get PYYRAMIDS, and a delightfully warm 20 Questions feature as well.


December 2011

Benediction: On Thurston Moore’s ‘Demolished Thoughts’

Although Demolished Thoughts was released before the announcement of the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, it is unavoidably a document of this personal and professional transition.


Counterbalance No. 62: David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’

This week's Counterbalance is so swishy in its satin and tat, in its frock coat and bippity-boppety hat. Hunky Dory celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, and it's No. 62 on the Great List. Oh look out, you rock ’n’ rollers.


Lower Your Eyelids to Dream of the Frogs: M83’s ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’

With this year's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, we have an M83 record that perfectly matches style with execution.


Chasing the Light: An Interview with Mat Kearney

His father ran a gambling ring outside the back of a cigar shop. His songs have been featured on just about every major TV show on the air right now. From what Mat Kearney tells PopMatters, however, it sounds like he's just getting started.


She’s a Wanderer: 10 Reasons Why Donna Summer Belongs in the RRHOF

Icon, music innovator, and trailblazing artist: Donna Summer epitomizes what rock and roll is all about, and that's why she belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Snubbed!: Why the Cure Deserves to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week--but not fellow ballot finalist the Cure. Here's why goth's flagship group deserved to join them.


Liturgy’s “Transcendental Black Metal”

In 2011, Brooklyn-based black metal band Liturgy is either redefining black metal or ruining it. As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle.


Counterbalance No. 61: ‘Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul’

What you want you, well you got it and what you need, baby you got it, all I'm asking for is a little Counterbalance when I come home. This week at number 61, a 1965 classic from a legend of soul.


The Top 10 Jazz Tunes For People Who Don’t Like Jazz

While jazz’s complexity cannot be denied, much of the music remains accessible to all. The trick is just finding the right tunes and artists, those who have a universal appeal beyond the scope of the typical, admittedly somewhat limited, jazz audience.


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