Sound Affects

August 2012

Tangled in the Great Escape: An Interview with Pierce the Veil

Experimental post-hardcore act Pierce the Veil has gone from a band on the verge to main stage scene-kings on the Vans Warped Tour. The band sits down with PopMatters to make sense of the wild ride.

Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Lipstick Vogue”

"Lipstick Vogue" builds off themes established previously on This Year's Model, but here the Attractions are simply unrestrained.

Counterbalance No. 95: AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’

The 95th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time has nine lives, cat's eyes, using every one of them and running wild. Counterbalance checks to see whether AC/DC's 1980 breakthrough ain't noise pollution after all.

In the Star House: 10 Questions with the Orb

Alex Paterson sits down to discuss his outfit's forthcoming collaboration with Lee "Scratch" Perry, as well as what he thinks of the Orb being an "ambient group" and which track of his he places above all others.

‘Blur 21’: The Best of the Rarities

The most compelling reason to opt for the CD version of the Blur 21 box set is the inclusion of four rarities discs covering the span of the revived Britpop group’s history.

Owls, Cabins and Electronic Pop: The World of Detroit’s Johnny Headband

Recording an electronic-pop album in a cabin in the woods? Might seem unconventional, but it worked for Detroit-based Johnny Headband, who released sophomore album Who Cooks For You this past April.

Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - “Living in Paradise”

This song's inconvenient placement in the This Year's Model track sequence might in part be responsible for its relative anonymity.

Counterbalance No. 94: Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’

The 94th most acclaimed album of all time wants to rock your gypsy soul, just like way back in the days of old. Sail into the mystic with Van Morrison’s 1970 breakthrough album. Fantabulous!

Outta Time: The 10 Best Oasis Songs, Post-‘Be Here Now’

The second entry in PopMatters’ List This series about Oasis’ career after the release of the critically maligned Be Here Now explores the band's best album tracks after that fateful album.

20 Questions: River City Extension

This ramshackle eight-piece has gone from a quiet acoustic project to a band whose melodic mastery and joyous texture has given way to one of the best albums of the year. And now, head Extensioner Joe Michelini tells us about how he views people as brain food, his professional envy of Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, and how the movie Avatar made him cry.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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