Sound Affects

June 2015

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.


Country Fried Rock: Folk Family Revival Interview (Podcast)

Folk Family Revival's three brothers and their buddy released Waterwalker, a giant leap into psychedelic rock for these folkies from Texas.


Screaming in the Womb: Is ‘Bürstner and the Baby’ the Concept Album of the Decade?

Bürstner and the Baby is a little-heard, little in length (22-minute) concept album that dropped quietly in 2013. Here are three interpretations that show why it should be next up on your playlist.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Neurasthenia”

"Neurasthenia" sinks into bed, going to sleep listless and defeated as Kill the Lights reaches its low ebb in the very middle.


Counterbalance: Billy Joel’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’

This week's Counterbalance looks at what is most likely Billy Joel's weirdest album, 1982's The Nylon Curtain, which has yet to make the Great List, and probably never will.


20 Questions: The Darkness

The Darkness tackle barbarians and invaders on their dramatic and goofy fourth album. Guitarist Dan Hawkins also took time to tell PopMatters about his love for Yves Saint Laurent and Watership Down.


Blood and Thunder: Sometimes Metal Smiles Instead of Frowns (and That’s Okay)

The new album by New Jersey glam metal outfit Trixter is a reminder that, for all of metal's self-seriousness and bleakness, it can be a tremendously fun genre when it remembers to smile.


K-Pop Roundup: May 2015 - From Spice Girls Allusions to Seventeen

K-pop in May saw '90s revivalism galore, comebacks from major artists, and a long-awaited boy band debut.


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