Sound Affects

February 2011

Trying to Be a Renaissance Woman: VV Brown Talks of Her Ambitions

VV Brown's energetic performances at last year's SXSW were the talk of the festival. She talks to PopMatters about her many ambitions.

Waveform: New Highlights from the Electronic Underground

Electronic music is atomizing and reinventing itself like few other musical sounds, partly because these avenues of distribution are so widely embraced and promoted by the electronic music community.

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Truckers Atlas”

If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.

Counterbalance No. 19: Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’

One of the most critically-acclaimed debuts in rock history, Patti Smith’s Horses is a whirlwind of poetry and proto-punk rock. Counterbalance takes Horses for a ride -- go Rimbaud and go Johnny go!

1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums

Whether it was by overthrowing the old guard, engaging in self-reinvention, or by modernizing a particular approach for the new decade, change was a concept that imbued many of 1991’s seminal rock albums.

Top Five Tunes That Should Be Covered by Alison Krauss and Union Station

Each of these songs, in my mind, would fit Alison Krauss and Union Station’s unique blend of bluegrass traditionalism and progressionist spirit.

January 2011

A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Shit Luck”

"Shit Luck" swings with both fists right away, the most focused burst of aggression on an album full of it.

Counterbalance No. 18: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’

Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger’s rock & roll crossfire Counterbalance returns with a look at Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 epic Born to Run. Strap your hands ’cross their engines!

Christopher Hitchens’ Taste in Music

Hitchens on Verdi and Dylan, not God or Iraq . . .

One Musical Moment in Time: What’s Yours?

It would be interesting to hear back from PopMatters' esteemed readership about the best singular musical moments that you can remember.

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//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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