Sean McCarthy is a freelance journalist and an old media news junkie.
Monday, May 6 2013
They were big in Australia, but as politics slowly began to inform their lyrics, the band soon began taking off worldwide, and now, with an epic two-disc retrospective out, Rob Hirst walks us through Midnight Oil's entire career, and what a journey it is.
Tuesday, October 4 2011
If there was a gravestone for MTV-style '80s metal, it would probably be Guns N' Roses' 1991 opus Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
Tuesday, April 5 2011
After 15 years as a band, seven albums and a record label of their own to boot, the members of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have proven themselves anything but predictable.
Tuesday, October 26 2010
Most critics didn't give Kid A great marks upon its initial release. So, what has lead to such a drastic act of historical revisionism wherein we now call it the Album of the Decade? It seems that the album's influence echoes farther than we initially thought.
Sunday, November 8 2009
In 20 years, we've seen Revolver replace Sgt. Peppers as The Beatles' greatest statement. How long before it gets replaced?
Wednesday, November 13 2013
Luscious Jackson's first album in almost 15 years was part of a fan-driven campaign. Unfortunately, much of Magic Hour will have fans likely wanting more.
Tuesday, July 16 2013
Despite the predicatable cliches and trappings of a double-live album, High on Fire's Spitting Fire provides a glimpse of a band near the height of its powers.
Sunday, June 9 2013
Returning after almost an eight-year absence, Boards of Canada release an album that is an excellent springboard for new initiates as well as giving longtime fans an album worthy of their previous artistic peaks.
Thursday, October 18 2012
Adhering to tried-and-true music principles, Kaleidoscope Dream manages to harken back to the sounds of R&B yesteryear and still sound it couldn't have been released in any year other than 2012.
Monday, January 16 2012
The Coen Brothers' beloved soundtrack of '30s-era Americana gets an upgrade with unreleased tracks.
Thursday, October 3 2013
"Ozymandias" may be Breaking Bad's crowing achievement, but "Felina" gave audiences what they wanted, and it's mercifully devoid of pandering.
Tuesday, September 4 2012
Be it providing the ingredients for a successful summer movie "recipe" or by opening new ways to roll out blockbusters, here are the top five "definitive" years for summer movies.
Wednesday, June 6 2012
Beloved by musicians and originally shunned by critics, Rush continues to win fans and even detractors well into their fourth decade of making music. With the Canadian trio's new album Clockwork Angels due for release in just a few days, Sound Affects counts down the ensemble's top ten songs.
Thursday, May 3 2012
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.
Monday, April 30 2012
Just before The Avengers is set to kick off the summer movie season, the third (and possibly final) trailer for The Dark Knight Rises arrives.