Sound Affects

November 2013

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.


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

Self-expression and individuality are again a theme, but so is voyeurism. Prince needs someone to watch him.


Counterbalance No. 150: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang’

Is the 150th most acclaimed album of all time a Gen-X milestone? Counterbalance discusses the 1993 hip-hop masterpiece that spawned a genre all its own.


12 Compositions to Introduce You to Classical Music Post-1950

Classical and compositional music has continued to thrive in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty.


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