Sound Affects

April 2010

Celebrating the Allure of the Almighty Riff

The riff: is there any sweeter two-word phrase in the rock vocabulary? AJ Ramirez offers his examples of the best riffs via video.

Verse-Chorus-Verse - “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”

Recording artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1985 - The Head on the Door

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.

Blur - “There’s No Other Way”

Throughout the course of its storied career, Blur more often than not seemed to be playing a role. While the Britpop group’s incarnations as

A Cold Day in Springtime… Damon Albarn Is My Hero

In a weekend where Gorillaz closed out Coachella and Blur released its first single in a decade, one man swoons over the force at the center of it all.

Verse-Chorus-Verse: “Strawberry Letter 23” -The Brothers Johnson

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

My Decade in Music

They are simply the albums that shaped my musical landscape, for which I know every lyric of every song backward and forward, that I would take with me to that mythical desert island we music lovers always talk about

Two Door Cinema Club Releases Solid Debut with “Tourist History”

There's a youthful embrace for all things synth in Two Door Cinema's Tourist History.

Interview with Miike Snow @ Metro, Chicago (video)

PopMatters meets the men behind the masks before their sold-out, April 5th appearance at Chicago’s Metro Theater.

De La Soul Is Dead: Long Live De La Soul

Stressed out and defiant, De La Soul set out to destroy what made them famous on their second album. Almost 20 years later, De La Soul is Dead remains a benchmark of how career suicide albums should sound.

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Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

// Short Ends and Leader

"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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