Sound Affects

January 2017

Electric Six’s Dick Valentine Invites You to Dance the Night Away

Having put out a dozen albums in as many years, the members of demented disco rock outfit Electric Six show no signs of slowing down.


Sadler Vaden Became Their Muse (Podcast)

Sadler Vaden inspires songwriters to reach their full potential, but he hopes they never get there.


December 2016

Brace Yourself: An Interview With Allen Thompson

Two members of Allen Thompson's band broke their backs last year. Brace yourself for their new sound.


2016: The Final Year of the Surprise Album (Hopefully)

Dropping unexpected albums is a growing trend and one that should be done away with.


Back and Badder Than Before: An Interview With Aesop Rock

PopMatters talks with the emcee about collaboration, releasing free music, and his soft spot for Miami Vice.


Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.


November 2016

Chasing My Tail: An Interview with Mild High Club

"It's less about participating in the scene and the who's who and more about leaving something for myself when I'm old, to say that I did this for the sake of learning and my brain, rather than the sake of going out and selling out."


October 2016

How Röyksopp’s ‘Melody A.M.’ Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.


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.


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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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