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November 2011

20 Protest Songs for Today’s Occupy Everything

The Occupy Everything movement continues to grow and build strength. Here are 20 of the highlights from our 2007 protest songs series that remain as relevant as ever and could well be a soundtrack for our times.


20 Questions: Mr. Gnome

One of the most delightfully dynamic bands out there today sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new album, and along the way reveal what a "forgy" is.


October 2011

All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “The Battle of Evermore”

Leaving behind heavy metal bombast for high fantasy, on "The Battle of Evermore" Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant duets with folk singer Sandy Denny for a thrilling mandolin-driven epic inspired by Celtic myth and some books about hobbits.


Counterbalance No. 56: ‘The Clash’

This week, Counterbalance moves the town to the Clash City Rockers, so if you need a little jump of electrical shockers, this punk debut is the 56th most acclaimed album of all time.


But Is It Art? A Look at Pop Culture in South African Music

Contemporary South African popular music reveals a myriad of artists searching for an identity in a country still recovering from racial hatred; and a youth looking to the past in order to make sense of the present.


The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

The Hold Steady's music represents a delightfully perverse amalgamation of the Rolling Stones’ unbridled sexuality, Jack Kerouac’s open-road spirit, and the Replacement’s independent sensibility. No doubt, any of these 10 songs would make a great “gateway drug” for anyone interested in discovering the charms of the group for the first time.


All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Rock and Roll”

In the hands of a force like Led Zeppelin, a tribute to the golden age of rock music will inevitably sound thoroughly '70s -- wantonly libidinous and bone-crushingly heavy.


Counterbalance No. 55: ‘The Stone Roses’

I hear my needle hit the groove and spiral through another day -- only this time, we're listening to the 55th most acclaimed album of all time. The Stone Roses on Counterbalance -- this is the one.


Van Hunt Lets the Pink Elephants Out to Play

Through words, music, and images, Van Hunt speaks the unspoken.


10 Standout Hip-Hop Tracks from 1991

As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.


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