Sound Affects

September 2016

20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.


20 Questions: The Devil Makes Three

They're the barn-burning Americana stalwarts, and to celebrate their latest floor-stomping album, Pete Bernhard plays PopMatters 20 Questions from the comfort of his bathtub.


August 2016

Sziget Festival Offers More Than Any Music Festival Out There

Budapest's Sziget Festival is anything but the majority of music festivals, and for it's infallible determination to keep art, social activism and ingenuity alive amid the necessities of business, it deserves all the praise one article can muster.


Lollapalooza Berlin Is More Than Just a Satellite Festival

Lollapalooza Berlin will be held September 10th and 11th in Treptower Park and we've got the preview...


July 2016

20 Questions: Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve

The skull-masked DJs have made a name for themseves with melodic, emotional dance remixes. Now, after a decade of scant singles and comps, their insanely diverse debut finally arrives.


Beck’s Return to Rapping with “Wow”

Beck continues to take on new styles by creating a pop/rap summertime anthem.


June 2016

When Kontagious Was Shaken, Not Stirred

Koray Fuat, formerly of UK band Kontagious, recounts how the band's briefly ubiquitous single "Shake It Up" shook things up in London's hip-hop underground for a short while.


Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (take 2)

Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.


Damon Albarn and Hot Chip: Machines, Love, and Music

It's not just journalists, politicians, and academics that are responding to the changing nature of work. Artists, too, are engaged in this enterprise.


May 2016

The Last Gunfighter: Songwriter Guy Clark Passes Away at 74

The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Unexpected Deaths and Hideous Trousers in 'Kamikaze 89'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Rainer Werner Fassbinder is the whole show.

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