Sound Affects

July 2014

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”

"There goes a narwhal!" is one of the B-52's most memorable lines. It's also what got John Lennon back into songwriting.


Counterbalance: Rush’s ‘2112’

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx. Our great computers fill the hallowed halls. And it's time to talk about Rush, and their 1976 concept piece. Also, attention all Planets of the Solar Federation: we have assumed control.


Metal Gods: The 15 Best Judas Priest Songs

Hot on the heels of the iconic metal group's new album Redeemer of Souls, Sound Affects combs through Priest's vast and astounding back catalog to round up its greatest tracks.


20 Questions: The Verve Pipe

"The Freshmen" defined them, but their pop songs since were mature and nuanced. With his band's first album in 13 years, Brian Vander Ark tells us what he thinks is the most tear-jerking scene from Frozen and just how long he can sustain a burp ...


Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “Dance This Mess Around”

When you think of B-52's songs, you think fun, wacky, playful, bizarre. With "Dance This Mess Around", you get raw, emotionally charged, sultry, and ... the best song they ever wrote.


Counterbalance: Ray Charles’ ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’

You give your hand to me, and then you say goodbye. I watch you walk away beside a lucky to never, never know the one who loves you so. Because you haven't listened to this week's Counterbalance. Ray Charles' 1962 landmark this week.


K-Pop Roundup - June 2014

With summer officially arriving, K-pop in June was filled with huge comebacks from veteran artists like PSY and Taeyang as well as rookie groups like Got7 and the controversial solo debut from Hyomin.


Orange Popsicles and Lemonade: 20 Timeless Songs of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard, these timeless summer classics are sure to make the summer sun shine a little bit brighter.


Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s - “52 Girls”

Is it New Wave? Is it punk? Hard to say, but what we do know about "52 Girls" is this: it just may be the greatest song the B-52's ever created.


All Bad Things Must Be Listed: The 10 Best Mötley Crüe Songs

Just as Mötley Crüe kickstarts its legally-binding farewell tour, Sound Affects runs down the best songs by the kings of '80s Sunset Strip metal.


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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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