Sound Affects

June 2015

Fave Five: Alpine

Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.


Country Fried Rock: Dex Romweber

Dex Romweber may feel that his age is catching up with him, but that hasn't stopped him from making the music he loves one bit.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Rare Anger”

Phantasmagorical stories, startling screams, and a visceral combustion of tension comprise Kill the Lights' penultimate tune, "Rare Anger".


No Joy Slips into Something a Little Less Comfortable

Nouveau shoegazers mix pop accessibility and difficulty on their third full-length More Faithful.


Blood and Thunder: Turning Blasphemy Into Fun

A recent gig by Black Breath and Goatwhore highlighted one of metal's most endearing qualities: how profane blasphemy can generate a feeling of positivity.


10 of the Best Fleetwood Mac Member Solo Albums

Fleetwood Mac is the rare project that features both a fine discography and a successful series of solo LPs from its many members. Here are ten examples of the latter.


Country Fried Rock: Jacob Furr

After his young wife's death from a brain tumor, songwriter Jacob Furr hit the road of his native Texas for some windshield therapy.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Stairways”

"Stairways" is a curious little instrumental that nonetheless feels comfortable in Kill the Lights -- that is, as "comfortable" as a song by lowercase could sound.


Counterbalance: My Morning Jacket’s ‘Z’

You've got to want to rearrange and keep it off the record, off the record. Unless that record is the 556th most acclaimed album of all time. A 2005 mainstay is this week's Counterbalance.


Blood and Thunder: KEN Mode’s Stab at ‘Success’

KEN Mode's latest album is surprising people, but it should have been expected all along.


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