With Madonna's 13th full-length studio album about to be released, we take a look at the ten best album-cuts that were never graced with the privilege of being officially released as a single.
After sweeping away hearts and minds at SXSW, acoustic singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling sits down PopMatters to discuss how he made slippers from a bolt of leather, why he traded in half of his recording instruments for a single guitar, and how exactly he'd recast Star Wars with characters from The X-Files ...
The boys employ religious allusions on “Shadrach” in a similar manner as they have used the references to movies, kids’ cartoons, and cereal boxes. They’re simply trying to come at their subject from multifarious angles and provide variety and interest for the listener.
Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine. I’m on the pavement, thinking about Bob Dylan’s 1965 folk-rock breakthrough album. It’s the 73rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time, and it’s this week’s Counterbalance.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
By mixing darker shades of old school and modern hardcore with incisive feminist diatribes, War on Women produces a walloping torpedo of truth.