Sound Affects

May 2010

Walked in Line: The Musical Disciples of Joy Division

If any band is heir to the musical path Joy Division laid out, it would be the Cure, quite possibly the second-most influential band of the post-punk era.


Fade to Black: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio kicked off the '80s by helming Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne's departure. During the '80s, he routinely shunned temptation to soften or commercialize his sound. 20 years later, metal is immeasurably the better thanks to his efforts.


Ronnie James Dio: Saying Goodbye to One of Metal’s Greatest Voices

When news spread across the Internet on Saturday that legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio had succumbed to his battle with stomach cancer, I


The Rise of the Smoke Fairies

The Smoke Fairies stake their claim with a unique eclectic blend of blues and folk, laced with soulful harmonic shiverings of emotive lyrics.


20 Questions: Matt Pond PA

With a full-length album out and a new EP on the way, Matt Pond talks to PopMatters about how he doesn't discriminate against science fiction universes, how he has his power to talk animals out of eating him, and why he enjoys drinking with his good buddy Stress ...


Talking About Jazz & Appreciating Eric Dolphy

Let there be no doubt that Eric Dolphy warrants mention amongst jazz music’s all-time immortals.


Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1987 - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Some artists are more than merely great. There are some artists that for a period of years, a period that is finite, consistently produced music that, it can be argued, far exceeded the work of their peers. For that brief period of time they were definitely Masters of the Form.


Lena Horne and the Power to Believe

Don't rely on Wikipedia or a pat obituary to grasp the impact Lena Horne had on stage, screen, civil rights, and social justice. Go to the best authority on the life of Lena Horne -- the Lady herself.


The Shield Around the K

Call it a childlike naiveté or a disregard for professional musicianship, but Beat Happening’s playful and whimsical approach whisked in a new era of change within the music industry.


The Whitsundays Go Major League Psychedelic on ‘Saul’

The Whitsundays sound ventures into psychedelic meanderings and away from tight-knit vintage song structures.


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