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November 2011

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.


All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Black Dog”

As part of an eight-week commemoration of the 40th anniversary of one of the most successful albums ever released, Sound Affects's Between the Grooves series examines Led Zeppelin's awe-inspiring fourth LP. First up is "Black Dog", a brazen expression of lust that balances its primal urges with nimble riffing and a clever arrangement.


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