Sound Affects

September 2013

We Love Them: The Top 20 Manic Street Preachers Songs As Voted By Fans

Manic Street Preachers are in the midst of promoting their 11th LP Rewind the Film. To celebrate, PopMatters explores the top 20 of a special fan poll of the most popular Manics songs.


Do It Again: An Interview with Camera Obscura

The beloved indie-pop group dish on their new album, touring with a "no camera" policy, and the challenges of performing while pregnant.


Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince and the New Power Generation’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’

Our latest Between the Grooves series examines Prince's Diamonds and Pearls, which offers further explorations into the mysterious/strange sexual side of Prince and his preachy/pedantic side, and also his relaxed/smooth side.


Counterbalance No. 143: Rod Stewart’s ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’

If I listened long enough to the 143rd most acclaimed album of all time, I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true. Does Rod Stewart’s 1971 smash lie straight-faced while we cry? Counterbalance investigates.


This Is Not Your Bloody Valentine: 10 Essential Non-‘Loveless’ Shoegaze Albums

Despite all the criticism and perhaps unworthy purple praise, there remains virtually a whole movement people ignore outside of its pink, hazy zenith.


Counterbalance No. 141: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’

One hundred forty-first most acclaimed album of all time, talk to me. Makes you want to feel like a teenager. Until you remember the the feelings of a real life emotional teenager. Then you think again. LCD Soundsystem is this week's Counterbalance.


Compromising Me: An Interview with William Beckett

"I think it’s important to respect the past and honor what we accomplished and what that meant for so many people, including myself."


Strange Loops: Liz Phair - “Strange Loop”

By the time the unexpectedly bright “Strange Loop” begins, and our Guyville journey ostensibly comes to its close, we have been so immersed in the quirks, characters, and corners of this fictitious, conceptual land that Phair’s final act is to catch us off guard. If Exile in Guyville was a thriller, “Loop” would be its masterful twist ending.


August 2013

Counterbalance No. 140: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’

Hey you. Yes, you behind the bikesheds. How can you have any pudding if you don't listen to the 140th most acclaimed album of all time? Pink Floyd's magnum opus is this week's Counterbalance, so settle in and feel the warm thrill of confusion.


Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’: The ??? on !!!

Brooklyn dance rock veterans !!! are currently overseas on tour in support of their excellent new album THR!!!ER. PopMatters was able to catch up with the band to discuss the origins of the group's punctuation-friendly handle, diva vocals, Big Audio Dynamite, and the strength of the hottest !!! lineup to date.


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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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