Sound Affects

June 2015

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.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Severance Denied”

"Severance Denied" is possibly the most straightforward and uptempo track on the slowcore of Kill the Lights -- although "uptempo" is here a relative term.


Country Fried Rock: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Opening for the Rolling Stones might intimidate some bands, but in the case of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, it's Mick Jagger who might have reason to be afraid to come on stage.


Counterbalance: Graham Parker’s ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’

Passion is no ordinary word—ain't manufactured or just another sound that you hear at night. Passion is also all over the 746th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1979 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Blood and Thunder: Battles, Blades, Brotherhood

One of Canada's greatest metal bands of the past 25 years, 3 Inches of Blood, recently bid farewell over Facebook. Fortunately, the legacy they've left is a fine one.


Pop Unmuted Podcast: Resilience, Melancholy, and Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” with Dr. Robin James

Pop Unmuted talks to Dr. Robin James about her book Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism and Rihanna's latest hit "American Oxygen".


Country Fried Rock: Great Peacock Interview

Great Peacock's Southern indie anthems make the headliners for whom they open nervous. When the warm-up act has the crowd singing along, you know this emerging band will fly far.


A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - “Slightly Dazed”

By the time "Slightly Dazed" is done, it's hard not to be as bitter as vocalist Imaad Wasif sounds.


May 2015

Counterbalance: The Avalanches’ ‘Since I Left You’

Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.


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I'm Going to Kill You: 'Johnny Guitar' Gets the Class Treatment

// Short Ends and Leader

"One tends to watch this film open-mouthed in wonder at the forceful dialogue, the colorful imagery, and the sheer emotional punch of its women.

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