Sound Affects

May 2010

It Might Get Sexy: A Video Interview with Kyle Gass of Tenacious D and Trainwreck

Trainwreck is a loving celebration of bros, leather pants, and machismo. PopMatters talks with Kyle Gass about the new album and metal parody.


Playing with Precise Abandon: The Buzzcocks in NYC

The Buzzocks storm New York playing their first two classic albums and associated singles and PopMatters chats with frontman Pete Shelley and cohort Steve Diggle.


20 Questions: The Wave Pictures

The lo-fi mastermind behind the Wave Pictures celebrates the first major American release of his band's music by revealing an out-and-out love of D.H. Lawrence and Bukowski, an aversion towards sci-fi, and reveals which Lou Reed album is truly the greatest of all time ...


Exit Lala… Online Streaming Music Has to Start Over

Just as Internet seemed to be progressing in a bold, logical, forward-thinking direction, Apple's acquisition of Lala sadly puts the business model of online music back to square one.


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.


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Pilot X Puts a Crimp on the Business in 'The Mysterious Airman'

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"Mystery writer Arthur B. Reeve's influence in this film doesn't follow convention -- it follows his invention.

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