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Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World
2 Mar 2015 // 10:00 PM
The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.
This Is How It's Gonna Be Now: Beyoncé, U2, Thom Yorke, and Surprise Album Releases
2 Nov 2014 // 9:20 PM
For artists a big as Beyonce, U2, and Thom Yorke, the surprise album release model offers minimal risk and maximal reward. It's a paradigm that's sure to be replicated by others going forward.
Selling Sex: The Media, Fantasy, and How I Fell in Love with Britney Spears
9 May 2011 // 5:00 PM
It all started when I was in Walgreens buying deodorant and I saw her looking me right in the eye with a glossy glow from the cover of an October 2010 issue of US Weekly.
Behind the Music
26 Mar 2007 // 5:59 PM
It's impossible to listen to music in a vacuum, to take the sound of a band on its own merits. There are so many outside factors at play – reviews, friends opinions, larger cultural influences . . .
U2: Songs of Innocence
14 Sep 2014 // 9:06 PM
It's hard to fault a lot of young people for are asking the question of "Who is U2?", because after listening to Songs of Innocence, this is a question that not even the band themselves could answer.
Is Bono Just a Little Too Cozy with the Powerful People? 'The Frontman: Bono'
30 Jul 2013 // 11:05 PM
Without denying the practical good achieved by some of his projects, Harry Browne, a Dublin-based "activist and journalist", criticizes Bono's cozy neo-liberal, market-funded loyalties.
Counterbalance No. 82: U2's 'Achtung Baby'
18 May 2012 // 1:00 AM
Did U2’s 1991 blockbuster disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? Either way, it’s still the 82nd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance has a listen.
10 Songs That Will Make You Love U2
26 Jan 2012 // 12:00 AM
As the documentary From the Sky Down marks its arrival on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, Sound Affects list ten songs intended to help you warm up to the biggest band in the world.
U2 Aims for Intimacy, Presence on Latest Tour
26 May 2015 // 7:30 AM
“We build our songs so they don’t get worn out quickly,” the Edge said, “and often, that means that they take a little longer to connect.”
Streaming Poses a Dilemma for Musicians and Fans
13 Nov 2014 // 6:15 AM
U2 “devalued its music completely” by pushing it on listeners whether wanted or not. “It sends a huge mixed message to bands that are just struggling to get by.”