Sound Affects

November 2011

The Alchemist: Trey Spruance’s Ongoing Quest for Greatness

If what eventually follows Secret Chiefs 3's Book of Horizons (2004) is half as good as the opening salvo (now seven years old, already!), we are in for something special, and Trey Spruance will begin to solidify his case as one of the most important -- if largely unheralded -- musicians of his time.


Up, Down, Turn Around: The 15 Best New Order Songs of All Time

New Order's debut album, Movement, celebrates its 30th birthday this month. To celebrate, we're counting down the classic group's 15 best tracks.


20 Questions: Don Fleming

The famed songwriter/producer and Sonic Youth BFF sits down with PopMatters to wax philosophical on the Beatles, tell us what it's like going through Marty Robbins' record collection, and why he bears a characteristic resemblance to Shaft . . .


All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “Stairway to Heaven”

It's the 500-pound gorilla sitting smack-dab in the middle of the Led Zeppelin IV tracklist. Is the eight-minute-long king of rock radio playlists -- and the bane of guitar store clerks everywhere -- the greatest rock song ever after all? The answer: maybe.


Counterbalance No. 57: Beck’s ‘Odelay’

Rocking the plastic like a man from the Catskills, Beck holds down the Number 57 place on Acclaimed Music’s Great List. Let me hear you say “Ooh, la la, Sasson”.


20 Protest Songs for Today’s Occupy Everything

The Occupy Everything movement continues to grow and build strength. Here are 20 of the highlights from our 2007 protest songs series that remain as relevant as ever and could well be a soundtrack for our times.


20 Questions: Mr. Gnome

One of the most delightfully dynamic bands out there today sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new album, and along the way reveal what a "forgy" is.


October 2011

All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - “The Battle of Evermore”

Leaving behind heavy metal bombast for high fantasy, on "The Battle of Evermore" Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant duets with folk singer Sandy Denny for a thrilling mandolin-driven epic inspired by Celtic myth and some books about hobbits.


Counterbalance No. 56: ‘The Clash’

This week, Counterbalance moves the town to the Clash City Rockers, so if you need a little jump of electrical shockers, this punk debut is the 56th most acclaimed album of all time.


But Is It Art? A Look at Pop Culture in South African Music

Contemporary South African popular music reveals a myriad of artists searching for an identity in a country still recovering from racial hatred; and a youth looking to the past in order to make sense of the present.


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Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

// Notes from the Road

"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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