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Sound Affects Editor


Thursday, September 29 2011

The Year Alternative Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.

Wednesday, June 8 2011

In the Lap of the Gods: The First Five Queen Albums

Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.

Wednesday, November 4 2009

Nirvana: Bleach

Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.


Monday, September 29 2014

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.

Tuesday, January 14 2014

These New Puritans: Field of Reeds

From neo post-punk upstarts to full-blown avant garde rockers, These New Puritans have come a long way in three albums' time.

Wednesday, October 30 2013

Au Revoir Simone: Move in Spectrums

The female trio's new album is equal parts inviting and distanced.

Wednesday, September 11 2013

Dinosaur Bones: Shaky Dreams

The Canadian group aims big for its sophomore full-length.

Monday, May 27 2013

Fitz & the Tantrums: More Than Just a Dream

The Motown revivalists find themselves up contending with a standard sophomore struggle: a bigger recording budget.

Suede: Bloodsports [18.Mar.13]
Green Day: ¡Tré! [10.Dec.12]
Green Day: ¡Dos! [13.Nov.12]
Green Day: ¡Uno! [24.Sep.12]
Bloc Party: Four [19.Aug.12]
Metric: Synthetica [11.Jun.12]
The Darcys: Aja [7.Jun.12]
Ceremony: Zoo [6.Mar.12]
Tristeza: Paisajes [21.Mar.11]
Miko: Chandelier [16.Jan.11]
Weekend: Sports [2.Jan.11]
Suede: The Best of [30.Nov.10]
Slash: Slash [12.Apr.10]
Githead: Landing [13.Dec.09]
Nouvelle Vague: 3 [29.Oct.09]


Thursday, October 9 2014

Five Observations About the 2015 Rock Hall of Fame Ballot

The just-unveiled ballot for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class attempts to honor Generation X as well as continue to rectify past oversights.

Thursday, August 21 2014

Knowing When to Indulge the Rock-Out Impulse

Making the big dumb rock gesture isn't always the cool thing to do. But a good musician always knows when it's best to do it anyway.

Thursday, June 26 2014

No Big Day Out for Australia Next Year

For the first time since 1998, Australia's most recognizable music festival will not be on the schedule. In what appears to be an ever-expanding live music calendar, competition for headliners, audiences, and cash is only becoming fiercer and fiercer.

Tuesday, June 24 2014

Robert Plant Premieres "Rainbow" from His Forthcoming Album

The rock icon gives the public its first listen of his new "trance meets Zep" album.

Thursday, June 19 2014

YouTube to Indie Labels: Pay Up or Get Out

The press is buzzing about YouTube's threat that it will remove content by labels that do not agree to the terms of its forthcoming subscription-based service. Is this good for YouTube?

The Legacy of Kurt Cobain (Sound Affects) [8.Apr.14]
Diplo and His "Hero"es (Sound Affects) [13.Mar.14]
The Top 10 Most Awesome Queen Songs (Sound Affects) [5.Mar.14]
The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas" (Sound Affects) [16.Oct.13]
The Top 10 Cure Love Songs (Sound Affects) [13.Feb.13]
10 Great Comeback Singles (Sound Affects) [31.Jan.13]
Paul McCartney Gets Heavy with Nirvana (Sound Affects) [14.Dec.12]
Ranking the Green Day Albums (Sound Affects) [5.Dec.12]
The Top 10 Epic Smashing Pumpkins Tracks (Sound Affects) [14.Jun.12]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2 (Sound Affects) [26.Jan.12]
10 Songs That Will Make You Love R.E.M. (Sound Affects) [28.Sep.11]
The End of R.E.M. (Sound Affects) [22.Sep.11]
The 10 Best Nirvana Songs Ever (Sound Affects) [8.Jun.11]
The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight (Sound Affects) [9.Mar.11]
1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums (Sound Affects) [4.Feb.11]
The Beatles: 1962-1966 / 1967-1970 (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.10]
Blur - "There's No Other Way" (Sound Affects) [22.Apr.10]
Answering Lady Gaga’s "Telephone" Call (Sound Affects) [2.Apr.10]
Say Hello to the Popguns (Sound Affects) [21.Jan.10]
Green Day - All About 'Dookie': "Chump" (Sound Affects) [29.Nov.09]
Green Day - All About 'Dookie': "Burnout" (Sound Affects) [24.Nov.09]
Depeche Mode - "Master and Servant" (Sound Affects) [20.Nov.09]
Ultravox - "Vienna" (Sound Affects) [29.Oct.09]
Sonic's Rendezvous Band - "City Slang" (Sound Affects) [28.Oct.09]
In Memoriam: Ian McCulloch’s Voice (Sound Affects) [15.Oct.09]
The Smashing Pumpkins - "Hello Kitty Kat" (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.09]
The Beatles - "Dear Prudence" (Sound Affects) [23.Sep.09]
Adorable - "Sunshine Smile" (Sound Affects) [14.Sep.09]
Ready for the World - "Oh Sheila" (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.09]
Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising (Sound Affects) [3.Sep.09]
Bad Lieutenant - "Sink or Swim" (Sound Affects) [31.Aug.09]
Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Again. (Sound Affects) [28.Aug.09]
Ye Shall Be Entertained, So Sayeth Queen (Sound Affects) [25.Aug.09]
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