Sound Affects

September 2017

“No Dollars in Duende”: On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.


20 Questions: Amadou & Miriam

For their ninth studio album, acclaimed Malian duo Amadou & Miriam integrate synths into their sound while displaying an overt love of Pink Floyd.


Zeshan B Honors Family and Soul Music in Insightful 20 Questions

In which Zeshan Bagewadi expresses his love for his family, soul music, his city of Chicago, and assless chaps.


Armin van Buuren Reflects on 20 Years in the EDM Business (Interview)

Armin van Buuren discusses his 20-year DJ career ahead of his Electric Zoo set.


August 2017

Hopefully Not Lost in Translation: A Brief Chat with Cornelius

The Grammy-nominated soundscaper Cornelius is back with his first new non-soundtrack solo record in over a decade, and has stories of crazy fans and Spotifying with kids to go with it.


Pioneering Jazz Guitarist John Abercrombie, 1944-2017

John Abercrombie changed jazz guitar for good with his first record, Timeless and then he kept getting better.


The PopMatters Progcast Discusses Steven Wilson’s Best LPs

In this introductory episode of the PopMatters Progcast, we explore the context and impact of Steven Wilson's best studio albums to date, including both solo works and collaborative creations.


Don’t You Think They Know? An Interview with White Reaper

"I wouldn't say I'm too caught up on maturing: I mean I play in a rock band for god's sake."


John Mayer and the Nothing Search

John Mayer wants to sell out and still retain his street cred, a foolhardy goal that you must at least credit him for trying.


July 2017

How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie’s New Album

Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.


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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

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"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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