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Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World
2 Mar 2015 // 9:00 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 // 8:20 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 // 4:00 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 // 4:59 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 // 8:06 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 // 10:05 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 // 12:00 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
25 Jan 2012 // 11:00 PM
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.
Streaming Poses a Dilemma for Musicians and Fans
13 Nov 2014 // 5:15 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.”
For U2, 2011 was a blockbuster year
10 Jan 2012 // 10:35 PM
LOS ANGELES — Demonstrating that there’s no substitute for the live concert experience, U2 has once again taken the crown in the Los Angeles Times’