Sound Affects

July 2017

20 Questions: Kasey Chambers

Australia's country great Kasey Chambers embraced her ambition on a new double-album, but still wants to be remembered as "being real in a very fake world."


June 2017

Black Milk Gives ‘Em ‘Hell’

Much of If There's a Hell Below's themes relay anxieties buried deep, manifested as sound when they are unearthed.


Now Hear This!: Hoops

The guitars ring with lo-fi charm and some would easily compare Hoops to the basement pop madness of Ariel Pink. This band has something to say and one of the catchiest albums of the year.


May 2017

On a Bang: An Interview with Biffy Clyro

As they Scot-rockers try and make more and more inroads Stateside, the value of the struggle isn't lost on a group releasing their seventh full-length.


The Second Time Around: An Interview with Tuxedo

With soul-pop vocalist Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One makin' sexy lounge-funk music, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised Future and Drake are coppin' tracks from the side-project.


John Moreland’s Feeling Some Big Bad Luv

With a voice like early Springsteen and lyrics that put this Tulsa songwriter right up there with the Boss, John Moreland’s new album, Big Bad Luv, is gonna make your sad bastard ass get up and dance.


April 2017

Person You’d Be Proud of: An Interview With Cataldo

Time to put away the Ben Gibbard comparisons, even as Gibbard himself ended up DJ'ing the record release party for Cataldo's fifth indie-pop opus.


Keeping Dry Under Storm Clouds: An Interview with Sleaford Mods

When asked what can help counteract the worldwide growth of xenophobia and racism, Sleaford Mods' singer Jason Williamson states simply, "I think it's empathy, innit?"


Life Savers: Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’

Twenty-five years later, Ten allows me to touch a darkness that will forever define who I am.


March 2017

20 Questions: Beans

The prolific ex-Antipop Consortium rapper is releasing three full-length albums and his debut novel on the same day, and shares his loves and influences in depth with PopMatters.


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'Doctor Who': Casting a Woman as the Doctor Offers Fresh Perspectives and a New Kind of Role Model

// Channel Surfing

"The BBC's announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor has sections of fandom up in arms. Why all the fuss?

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