Sound Affects

September 2010

Heroes in the Age of None: The Clash Rock Out with “Tommy Gun”

Most of the Clash's music videos were no-frills performance clips. The reason was simple: the Clash owned the stage.


Beyond the Pale: Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”

A long string of cribbed beats and run together pop references, "Alejandro" is a song truly made up of nothing, not even bothering to revel in its vacuity.


August 2010

Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things: Crafting Creative Live Jazz with ‘Stories and Negotiations’

Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things present a bold vision of not just what improvised music has been in the past, but what it can be in the future.


Paul & Linda McCartney - “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

Sound Affects' Between the Grooves look at the solo career of Paul McCartney concludes for now with a peek at his second album Ram (1971), courtesy of that album's first single.


Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Super Ape’

From the irresistible call of the opening drums to the indeterminate farewell of the last, fading chant, 'Super Ape' incarnates a sonic world, a microcosm of rhythm, mix, melody, and toasting that, whatever your personal tastes, stands replete and to itself.


Stevie Ray Vaughan: 20 Years After “The Day Music Died” Again

Stevie Ray Vaughan died just as 'In Step' was signaling a major musical departure for an artist who showed every intention of being around long enough to change the landscape of rock and blues several times over.


Raze It to the Ground: Arcade Fire’s Urban Bias

Throughout 'The Suburbs', Arcade Fire seems completely ill-equipped to understand both where it came from and, more pressingly, where it is now. That kind of tunnel vision is what leads the band to articulate such an uncritical urban bias.


Here’s to You, Michael Been

Listen to the Call now and there is no denying some songs sound dated, thanks to an overabundance of keyboards. But singer Michael Been's songwriting remains a rarity


20 Questions: River City Extension

Storming the New Jersey scene with its unique brand of indie folk-pop, River City Extension sits down to answer PopMatters' 20 Questions, revealing a deep-seated love of Paul Simon's Graceland, the frustration over a stolen laptop filled with songs, and why life truly isn't complete until you have heated toilet seats ...


Paul & Linda McCartney - “Another Day” and “Oh Woman, Oh Why”

Bridging the gap between 'McCartney' and 'Ram', Jessy Krupa takes a look at the first single collaboration between Paul McCartney and his wife Linda.


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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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