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Scott Interrante currently pursuing a master’s degree in musicology at CUNY Hunter College where he focuses on issues of gender and genre in contemporary pop music. He is the host of the Pop Unmuted podcast.


Features

Monday, September 22 2014

The Legends We Were Meant to Be: An Interview with Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche dealt with a difficult divorce going into the sessions for his latest album, Please, but it's the greatest thing he's ever done, and tells us about the saxophone solo that may have changed his life (yes, it's on the record).


Thursday, December 19 2013

K-pop's Generation

If 2013 has proved anything, it's that K-pop's worldwide appeal is much more than a passing fad like "Gangnam Style".


Reviews

Monday, December 2 2013

Toy Soldiers: The Maybe Boys

The Americana rockabilly sensibility of Toy Soldiers' The Maybe Boys instantly transports you to an old barn that has been converted to a dance bar where you've already had a few too many drinks. Recorded "mostly live," the album feels more like a party you're enjoying than a collection of songs you're listening to, which is certainly not a bad thing.


Monday, October 14 2013

The 1975: The 1975

With emo melodies dressed up in disco guitar grooves and '80s rock reverb, the 1975's self-titled album makes for one of the year's most compelling, if flawed, debuts of the year.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

Ariana Grande: Yours Truly

With a nostalgic approach that captures the best elements of '90s R&B and '50s doo-wop, the newest Nickelodeon-turned-pop star, Ariana Grande has created an impressive debut that sets her apart from her peers.


Thursday, July 25 2013

Emerson String Quartet: Journeys

Joining together string sextets by Tchaikovsky and Schönberg, the Emerson String Quartet excellently highlights the journey from Romanticism to Modernism, and their own journey to a new chapter in their career.


Blogs

Thursday, December 4 2014

K-Pop Roundup - November 2014

The previous month in K-pop saw veteran artists go solo, rookie groups continue their hot streak, interesting collaborations, and a ton of solid music. It wasn't the most innovative month for the industry, but a lot of great execution regardless.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

Pop Unmuted 6: Listening to the Internet and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk"

On Episode Six of Pop Unmuted, we discuss the effects of online music streaming and the postmodernism of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk".


Thursday, November 6 2014

K-Pop Roundup - October 2014

After a relatively lackluster September, the K-pop industry was back in full swing this October. From veteran comebacks to solo debuts, there's a bunch of great music to get into here.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

K-Pop Roundup - September 2014

Amidst tragedy and controversy throughout the month, September also offered up some more great k-pop, especially from veteran groups like 2PM, T-ara, and Girls' Generation-TTS.


Tuesday, September 9 2014

K-Pop Roundup - August 2014

For the last month of the summer music cycle, K-pop has been an especially busy field, which made it tough to choose what to include in this roundup.


K-Pop Roundup - July 2014 (Sound Affects) [5.Aug.14]
K-Pop Roundup - June 2014 (Sound Affects) [10.Jul.14]
K-Pop Roundup - May 2014 (Sound Affects) [3.Jun.14]
K-Pop Roundup - April 2014 (Sound Affects) [6.May.14]
When I Grow Up: 'The Beach Boys Today!' (Sound Affects) [31.Mar.14]
K-Pop Roundup - March 2014 (Sound Affects) [27.Mar.14]
K-Pop Roundup February 2014 (Sound Affects) [27.Feb.14]
January 2014 K-Pop Roundup (Sound Affects) [4.Feb.14]
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