Sound Affects

November 2013

The Best Mainstream Pop Singles of 2013

Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.


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

It’s a party, it’s a party song, its purpose is to maintain the impression that Prince’s new band can put on one hell of a show.


Counterbalance No. 153: Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’

It's the same for any hippie, bum, or hillbilly out on the street. Just remember the 153 most acclaimed album of all time, and never carry more than you can eat. A 1969 country-rock classic is this week's Counterbalance.


20 Questions: Mansions

The '90s-loving alt-rock of Mansions is quite timely in 2013, what with the ongoing success of Popstrangers and Yuck. Yet Mansions have their own vibe, and in sitting down with PopMatters, they tell us about their academic approach to album listening and their open drink invite to Bill Clinton ...


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.


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