Sound Affects

September 2010

Shoegaze Legends Chapterhouse Tour and Talk to PopMatters

They’ve fought a volcano to tour North America, so the very least you could do is turn out to hear first-wave British shoegaze legends Chapterhouse bend nature to its will with howling guitars. It may prove to be the group's final act. Andrew Sherriff and Stephen Patman speak to PopMatters.


Sudano 360: An Interview with Bruce Sudano

From Avenue I to Laurel Avenue, the future holds even more intrigue and excitement for Bruce Sudano than the past.


The Decline of Central Arizona: Jimmy Eat World’s Perpetual Downfall

If each subsequent release by a band is worse than the previous, but each record has its merits, do they cease to be a worthwhile band? I don't know. Can YOU still feel the butterflies?


Amazing Glow: A Review of the Discography of the Pernice Brothers

Stephen Rowland takes a look at every major release by the Pernice Brothers, ranging from the high points to the sleep-inducing lows.


Counterbalance No. 3: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger continue to take on the Greatest Albums of All Time. This time it's the number three LP, Nirvana's 'Nevermind'. Dust off your flannel shirt—it's going to be a grungy good time!


The Lost Art of the Non-Album Single

The album is a phenomenal format, don’t get me wrong, but there was something truly magical about Motown, the Brill Building, and the British Invasion simultaneously giving you the best two minutes and 30 seconds they had.


Accentuate the Positive: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews

The author is expected to not only justify the album’s existence, but to justify the need to write about it in the first place. Is it any wonder then that such an intensely personal (and often defensive) writing tends to veer towards positivism?


Stories to Tell: A Conversation with the Family Stand

From music to politics, the members of the Family Stand are fearless in their convictions.


And Justice for All: Swedish Metal Supergroup Tackles Bullying with New Song

With bullying and abuse still a major problem in schools around the world, a star-studded lineup of metal musicians delivers its manifesto on the subject through the new project Sweden United.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Interrupted Melody”

Irrespective of its placement in 'Exorcist II: The Heretic', both “Interrupted Melody” and its sister track, "Interrupted Melody (Suspended Sound)", work astoundingly well as `70s film-culture quantifiers, delivering Ennio Morricone’s ability to challenge us not only with atonality, or in this case, clearly presented tonality in contrast to his more abstract works.


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'True Detective': Maybe Tomorrow

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"True Detective, Season 2, Episode 3: Where does the kitsch end and the surreal begin?

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