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Counterbalance No. 3: Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our Counterbalance team takes on the "Greatest Albums of All Time". This time it's Nirvana's Nevermind. Dust off your flannel shirt... it's going to be a grungy good time!

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Hole's Drummer Gets Clean with Clarity in 'Hit So Hard' Memoir

Patty Schemel's Hit So Hard is one of the most honest -- but moreover, one of the most useful -- addiction memoirs in recent history. Courtney Love should read.

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Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (Deluxe Edition)

Twenty-five years on, the populace gets a renewed look at Soundgarden’s contribution to the year punk broke with a fully loaded reissue of their career-changing Badmotorfinger.

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Legacy and Oblivion: 25 Years of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Nevermind, while containing most of the hits for which Nirvana is celebrated is, of the four primary releases, the least emotionally and aesthetically complex.

John Amen
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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.

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The Sad Rest of Kurt Cobain

Nick Soulsby’s interview book for completists is not meant to entertain -- it's a 500-page death march.

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Persona and Modern Music in 17 Songs

Persona -- the “I” of the song -- has evolved, broadened, and expanded to more fully represent a diversity of experiences as well as emotional, political, and cultural orientations.

John Amen
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Sturgill Simpson - "In Bloom" (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson successfully covers Nirvana by lowering the intensity, which somehow deepens the impact.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 2: 80 - 61

Just imagine songs this extreme making the American Top 40, let alone the Top 10… unthinkable.

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'I Found My Friends' Is a Drop in the Bucket of the Nirvana Story

Nick Soulsby tries to crack the case of Nirvana, the watershed band that very few saw coming.

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'Montage of Heck' Reveals Unseen Sides of Kurt Cobain

Cobain’s witty self-awareness is one of many new and heartrending sides of him brought to light in Brett Morgen’s new HBO documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

August Brown
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I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana

Right from the start, Nirvana had numerous musicians backing their cause.

Nick Soulsby
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Uncool Britannia: Radiohead's 'The Bends' vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul of Britain

The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.

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The Legacy of Kurt Cobain

Twenty years since the world learned of Kurt Cobain's death, what impact does he have on rock music today?

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Nirvana - "Rape Me"

“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.

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I Was Young When I Left Home: How Kurt Cobain's Voice Resonates

There are times when you hear Kurt Cobain sing that you believe no other voice has ever told the truth about suffering. But it's more complicated than that, isn't it?

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Counterbalance: Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York'

I gazed a gazeless stare. We walked a million hills. As the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death approaches, Counterbalance takes a look at Nirvana's landmark acoustic performance.

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Announcing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014

As promised, this morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally announced its 2014 inductees.

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Our 5 Picks for the Rock Hall Class of 2014

Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 16 contenders for its Class of 2014. Sound Affects picks five artists from a very strong ballot that it would vote for.

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The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas"

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.

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No Recess: The Heaviest Nirvana Mixtape

PopMatters takes to the deck to bring you the heaviest Nirvana mixtape. Titled No Recess, this compilation pulls the most visceral and raucous songs from Nirvana's lauded discography and arranges them into a sequence that makes complete head-banging sense.

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Counterbalance No. 126: Nirvana's 'In Utero'

Self-appointed judges judge more than they have sold. They agree though, that Nirvana's 1993 swan song is the 126th most acclaimed album of all time. All in all is all we are.

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I'm Your Man: An Interview with Butch Vig

When not touring with garbage or manning the boards behind some of the most iconic rock albums of the modern era, Butch Vig can not only wax nostalgic (even though he's not a big fan of it), but can also get some of his friends together to form an alt-country band called the Emperors of Wyoming. 'cos when you're Butch Vig: why the hell not?

Joshua Kloke
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In Defense of Going to South By Southwest

Four days, six stories, one column, dozens of tweets and nearly 10,000 words later, I'm still wondering how we define success at SXSW.

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Dave Grohl Gets Nostalgic in SXSW Keynote Address

As the featured speaker of this year's music festival, the Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighters lead singer reflects on what it took to get where he is today.

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Paul McCartney Gets Heavy with Nirvana

On Wednesday, the former Beatle teamed up with the surviving members of Nirvana for charity and debuted a heavy Zeppelin-esque jam live on stage. Kurt Cobain would have been jealous.

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Coming of Age in Norway: Per Petterson's 'It's Fine By Me'

It’s Fine By Me may appear to be a slim book, lacking a flashy storyline or extraordinary characters. But this is precisely what makes the novel so special.

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Music in the '90s: When Alternative Became Mainstream

The genre once tied to college radio and indie record companies became mainstream in the '90s. Some of those icons of “alternative” are making comebacks – or never went away. Is this 2012 or 1996?

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A Masterpiece Will Only Take You to Your Next Album

For the longest time, I’d auto-choose Nirvana's In Utero over its catchier predecessor Nevermind. It’s not embarrassing I chose In Utero for so long. But what is embarrassing is how I reached that conclusion.

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Generation X Wants Its MTV, But It’s a VEVO World Now

Gen X’ers may still want their MTV, but the version they loved is as distant a memory as Valley Girl speak, parachute pants, and leg warmers. Wake up and smell the VEVO.

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5 Great Bands (Spun Off from Other Great Bands)

Not every band borne out of a great predecessor can measure up. Here are five that do.

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Exit Through Door 27: Eric Erlandson's 'Letters to Kurt'

Letters to Kurt is an angry book: about American society, the vagaries of fame, the inability to shake a past that “has a way of seeping up through the floorboards when you least expect it.”

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Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

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The Top 10 Most Notable Career Suicide Albums

Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.

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Grunge: Straining to Challenge the Status Quo

Grunge: Music and Memory casts grunge as the unsure middle weight stepping into the ring against one pop music brawler after another. Down goes Michael Jackson, down goes Guns 'n' Roses, and while Springsteen is putting the finishing touches onHuman Touch/Lucky Town, Nirvana and Pearl Jam release the most influential albums of the decade.

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Your Anti-Valentine's Day Playlist.

Down With Valentine’s Day! A Playlist for the Rest of Us.

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