Sound Affects

July 2015

Blood and Thunder: Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage’ at 40

In 1975, with lawyers in the studio and a financial empire crumbling, Black Sabbath fought back with their last classic album of the decade.


Country Fried Rock: Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham of Social Distortion

Social Distortion launches a 25th anniversary tour this week, playing their 1990 self-titled album in its entirety -- the album that introduced me to country music.


Speak of the Blue Devil: The Moody Grooves of Andy Kayes

Andy Kayes' latest album of mercurial hip-hop finds the rapper putting the boom back in boom bap, one beat at a time.


Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm’s ‘Lifestyle’ - “Slave Wages”

Lifestyle's second track guzzles valerian tea and ponders foul apartments while the cat forgoes its vaccinations. The result is perfect pop music.


Blood and Thunder: Didacts, Narpets, and Epic Rush

It's not as if Rush's classic '70s output needed reassessment, but their new vinyl reissues are still revelatory.


Country Fried Rock: Justin Townes Earle Interview

When you are named for one of the most revered songwriters in American folk music, people expect you to either live up to the honor or crash and burn. Justin Townes Earle has done both in his lifetime.


K-Pop Round Up: June 2015 - Boy Band Battles and Girl Group Comeback Competitions

There were many strong K-pop releases in June, but two competitions -- one between major boy bands and one between three exciting girl groups -- dominated the conversation.


A Re-Examination of U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’

With the publicity surrounding its Apple-sponsored release now a thing of the past, let's examine U2's conversation-starting Songs of Innocence for what it actually is.


Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm’s ‘Lifestyle’ - “Contempt”

Lifestyle's sun-kissed opening track finds our heroes in languid mood, contemplating foreign climes and foreign bodies.


20 Questions: Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker's febrile blues run deep with stories both beautiful and majestic. He brings his unique personality to PopMatters' 20 Questions.


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Mr. Robot: Episode 6 -- "Br4ve-Trave1er.asf

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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