Sound Affects

April 2015

Counterbalance: Morphine’s Cure for Pain

Where is the ritual? And tell me where, where is the taste? Someday there'll be the 2022 most acclaimed album of all time. That's the day I throw my drugs away. An underrated 1990s masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

Blood and Thunder: Song of Himself

This week in metal, Nightwish remains as grandiose as ever, and the album of the week features Norwegian teens playing surprisingly orthodox '80s thrash.

Pop Unmuted Podcast: Max Martin and Ellie Goudling’s “Love Me Like You Do”

Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted looks at legendary pop producer/songwriter Max Martin, his 30 year career, and his latest hit with Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do."

March 2015

Country Fried Rock: John Moreland Interview

John Moreland just cannot write a happy song. That's not a critic's assessment: he says so himself.

Counterbalance: The Who’s ‘The Who Sell Out’

What's for tea, darling? Darling, I said, What's for tea? It's a 1967 pop-art masterpiece. You're going to choke on it, too. A pioneer in the art of the concept album is this week's Counterbalance.

Blood and Thunder: Turning Ashes to Gold

This week's best metal release finds some musical innovators from Brooklyn up to their philosophical shenanigans once again.

20 Questions: Mon Draggor

Richard Jankovich released an electro-pop gem as the Burnside project in 2003. Now, he has a new name, two new albums he's giving away for free, and 20 questions to answer.

Country Fried Rock: M. Lockwood Porter, an Okie in California

Oklahoma native M. Lockwood Porter left for California as a teenager, following his musical passions and inspired by the songs of Chris Bell (of Big Star fame).

Fundraiser Concert: A Chat with Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic's Hail Mary Mallon project is one of indie-rap's best kept secrets, but nothing compares to Rob's knowledge of Conway Twitty albums.

Counterbalance: The Streets’ ‘Original Pirate Material’

Geezers need excitement. If their lives don't provide them this they incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. So here's the very exciting UK hip-hop debut of the Streets. An early aughts phenomenon is this week's Counterbalance.

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Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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