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March 2012

10 Memorable Moments from Last Year’s SXSW Music Conference

With the 2012 South by Southwest Music Conference currently underway, Sound Affects lets you know about ten moments you might have missed at last year's event.


In Here the World Begins: An Interview with Blonde Redhead

Following the devastating tsunami that ravaged Japan last year, Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino wanted to do something about it, rounding up in-progress, yet-to-be-finished works by many of her famous musician friends and releasing the whole thing as a charity album. She tells PopMatters all about it.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “What Comes Around”

“What Comes Around” is an ebullient three-minute track that highlights the Beastie Boys’ and Dust Brothers’ incomparable ability to create pleasant irony through perfectly-placed samples and humorous turns-of-phrase.


Counterbalance No. 72: Sonic Youth’s ‘Daydream Nation’

The 72nd most critically acclaimed album of all time comes running in on platform shoes with Marshall stacks to at least just give us a clue. Counterbalance gives a listen to Sonic Youth's 1988 indie game-changer.


10 Must-See Artists at SXSW in 2012

With this year's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference kicking off next week, Sound Affects assembles a list of 10 acts to check out on your visit to Austin, Texas.


War on Women Begins the Righteous Fight!

By mixing darker shades of old school and modern hardcore with incisive feminist diatribes, War on Women produces a walloping torpedo of truth.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “Car Thief”

Although the lyrical content feels a bit repetitive from previous songs on Paul's Boutique, the chill, soulful groove makes “Car Thief” memorable.


Counterbalance No. 71: Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

The 71st Most Acclaimed Album of All-Time is an American aquarium drinker that may be trying to break our hearts. Will it work? Counterbalance checks in.


The Best Film Scores of the 2000s

From contemplative science fiction to macabre stop-motion, the 2000s brought forth some excellent film scores that are worth listening to long after the credits have rolled. With this year's Academy Awards just behind us, Sound Affects looks at the top movie scores from the 21 century so far.


February 2012

Print the Legend: The Man in Black at 80

The late Johnny Cash (who would've turned 80 this month) was a combination of Keith Richards, Elvis Presley, and Public Enemy. Only he did it first, and no one before or since ever did it quite like him.


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