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July 2011

Daft Punk Is Playing at Your House: 10 Essential Dance-Rock Albums

Today, the intersection of dance music and rock music seems only natural. However, the process has been in the making for decades, and this list provides an introduction to ten of the best albums this genre combination has to offer.


Nonsense With a Purpose: An Interview With Times New Viking

On the verge of breaking through, Times New Viking sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new record, Dada art, and what it's like having played over 700 shows.


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Street Lights”

Kanye kicks off 808s & Heartbreak's home stretch with a song often over-looked, though never discredited.


Counterbalance No. 42: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Innervisions’

He’s been to, y'know, Paris, Beirut, y'know, I mean, uh, Iraq, Iran, Eurasia... y'know he speaks very, very, um fluent Spanish... He’s Stevie Wonder, and Counterbalance is looking at his 1973 landmark this week.


Why Shouldn’t Miley Cyrus Smell Like Kurt Cobain?

Didn't Kurt Cobain perform as a teenage girl? If Nirvana did inspire an entire generation, then we really should be receiving Miley Cyrus' cover performances in a much more educated fashion than we are.


Five Songs About Wizards, Witches, and Other Spellcasters

The final Harry Potter film is upon us, so why not spin these magic-tinged tunes to commemorate the occasion?


Back in the Dancehalls: An Interview with the Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers venture out of the norm by trying to do Americana music with synths and keyboards, and as they tell us, the results proved rather interesting . . .


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Robocop”

If 808s & Heartbreak is the lost Kanye West record, then the songs that make up the second half of the album are the true forgotten masterpieces. And, all things considered, there isn’t a better track than “RoboCop” to begin that undervalued stretch of criminally-forgotten tracks.


Counterbalance No. 41: Joy Division’s ‘Closer’

Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn take on Joy Division's Closer in this week’s edition of Counterbalance. It’s Number 41 on the Acclaimed Music list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. This is the way—step inside!


Sease & Desist: The Soulfully Outrageous Sound of Marvin Sease

Marvin Sease will likely never be remembered as a big star, but he knew what worked for him and he mastered it. His fans have always loved and will continue to love him for that.


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