As I consider the music of the past year, I find a newfound admiration and affection for an '80s throwback I had discounted months ago.
It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.
From Kavinsky to the Chromatics to nearly everyone else, '80s synthpop is back in action, but no one does it quite like Anoraak, who also has a love for great things like moderately proportioned red wine and Anchorman.
Freak out and give in. Doesn't matter what you believe in. Stay cool and be somebody's fool this year—possibly while listening to the 154th most acclaimed album of all time. I want a walk-in humidor!
Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.
It’s a party, it’s a party song, its purpose is to maintain the impression that Prince’s new band can put on one hell of a show.
It's the same for any hippie, bum, or hillbilly out on the street. Just remember the 153 most acclaimed album of all time, and never carry more than you can eat. A 1969 country-rock classic is this week's Counterbalance.
The '90s-loving alt-rock of Mansions is quite timely in 2013, what with the ongoing success of Popstrangers and Yuck. Yet Mansions have their own vibe, and in sitting down with PopMatters, they tell us about their academic approach to album listening and their open drink invite to Bill Clinton ...
Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 16 contenders for its Class of 2014. Sound Affects picks five artists from a very strong ballot that it would vote for.
He's one of electronic music's rising stars, and now with an extraordinary debut and a budding friendship with Damon Albarn, Kwes tells us how he still has a legitimate fascination with Jar Jar Binks, despite having never really seen any Star Wars films ...