Sound Affects

June 2013

‘Yeezus’ Displeases: The First Week of Reactions to Kanye West’s New Album

After a week of listening to, reading about, and thinking about Kanye West's Yeezus, we take stock of where we are.


Strange Loops: Liz Phair – “Mesmerizing”

With “Mesmerizing”, something’s changed in Guyville -- and what better way to prove that than to show us all the ways nothing has changed at all?


Counterbalance No. 134: Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Is this the 134th most acclaimed album of all time? Apparently so. Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango? That’s up to you. Queen’s 1975 blockbuster is this week’s Counterbalance.


The Top 5 ‘Girly Sound’ Tracks from Liz Phair

In anticipation and celebration of Exile in Guyville’s 20th anniversary, Sound Affects shares its picks for the top five Girly Sound tracks, the record that formed the blueprint for Exile and later portions of Liz Phair's output.


20 Questions: Nico Vega

It's taken four years but Nico Vega stands poised to revive all things rock with its long-awaited sophomore album Lead to Light later this year. Until you get the chance to hear those songs, however, there's always PopMatters' "20 Questions" series to have your back.


Counterbalance No. 133: Neil Young’s ‘Rust Never Sleeps’

The King is gone, but he’s not forgotten. This is the story of the 133rd most acclaimed album of all time. Is there more to the question than meets the eye? This week’s Counterbalance investigates.


The Top Eight Songs About Other Famous People

You're so vain but this song is about you.


20 Questions: Alpine

They're already known as one of Australian alternative's rising stars, but there's no better time to dive into their blend of electro-pop if you haven't yet heard A Is For Alpine. Or you can read this first and get to know them on an eHarmony level!


Strange Loops: Liz Phair – “Canary”

“Canary”, the eighth track on Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, and in many ways the album’s most significant thematic and tonal turning point, makes a strong case for why a musician -- especially one with as sharp a gift for word play as Phair -- need always publicly publish her official lyrics.


Counterbalance No. 132: Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

We bet that the 132nd most acclaimed album of all time will shoot down your plane, and it’ll take a couple vodka and limes to set you on your feet again. Counterbalance hunts the horny-backed toad with Sir Elton’s 1973 blockbuster.


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Guster + Kishi Bashi Perform at Central Park Summerstage (Photos)

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"Guster's Summerstage performance was a showcase of their infectious and poppy music from the last 24 years.

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