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November 2013

Our 5 Picks for the Rock Hall Class of 2014

Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 16 contenders for its Class of 2014. Sound Affects picks five artists from a very strong ballot that it would vote for.


20 Questions: Kwes

He's one of electronic music's rising stars, and now with an extraordinary debut and a budding friendship with Damon Albarn, Kwes tells us how he still has a legitimate fascination with Jar Jar Binks, despite having never really seen any Star Wars films ...


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Walk Don’t Walk”

Traffic horns, double negative,s and the word “psyche” populate one of Diamonds and Pearls' most frivolous songs.


Counterbalance No. 152: ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

It could all be so simple, but you'd rather make it hard. Loving the 152nd most acclaimed album of all time is like a battle and we both end up with scars. Or maybe not. Counterbalance investigates.


The Head and the Heart: Let’s Be Still

Bassist and songwriter Chris Zasche of the wildly popular group the Head & the Heart speaks on the new record.


20 Questions: Glasser

She releases some of the most forward-thinking electronic pop music during the day, goes out in ball gowns in the night. Glasser tackles PopMatters' 20 Questions, and the results are predictably wonderful.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - “Gett Off”

“Gett Off” ranks among the many examples in his discography of Prince twisting and turning his voice in unexpected ways.


Counterbalance No. 151: T. Rex’s ‘Electric Warrior’

The 151st most acclaimed album of all time is built like a car. It’s got a hubcap diamond star halo. It’s dirty and sweet. Oh yeah. A 1971 cornerstone of glam rock is this week’s Counterbalance.


October 2013

From R. Kelly to ‘Reflektor’: The Rise and Fall of the Disco Revival

There are plenty of popular musical trends swirling around in 2013, but perhaps none more unexpected or wonderful as the disco revival. From R. Kelly's Write Me Back to Arcade Fire's Reflektor, the new-disco trend has grabbed hold of R&B, pop, dance music, and indie rock, but why?


The Domino Effect: An Interview with Anna Domino

Anna Domino made a tiny dent in the alternative music scene of the '80s with her moody, literate art-pop. While she languished in obscurity for much of her career, her music managed to strike a chord with those who tapped into the emotional strengths of her work. Still flying low under the radar years later, her music is no less potent.


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