Sound Affects

January 2011

Counterbalance No. 17: Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions’

Hip-hop makes its debut on The Big List with Public Enemy’s meaty, beaty manifesto, and all the jealous punks can’t stop the dunk. Counterbalance’s Klinger and Mendelsohn give it a listen.


Arguing the Merits of Live’s “All Over You”

Painfully earnest and soberly overwrought, for one album and one song in particular Live managed to convincingly sell the drama.


Reflections on the Backstreet Boys: From A to NYE

The boy band is dead! Long live the boy band!


20 Questions: Common Grackle

After releasing one of 2010's most overlooked albums, Canada's greatest indie/rap/quirk-pop outfit sit down with PopMatters to discuss places not on Google Maps, the greatness of Kids in the Hall, and why eating food generally prevents death.


A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Out of Gas”

"Out of Gas" sees Modest Mouse writing the kind of track that would later bring them wider success and the ire of many critics and longtime fans: a pop song. For the record, it's a good thing.


Counterbalance No. 16: David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’

Up next for the Counterbalance series is No. 16 on Acclaimed Music's Big List—David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Press your space face close to mine!


The Boss, the Big Man, and the Best Rock Song of the ‘70s

"Jungleland" employs the epic, almost operatic strategy Bruce Springsteen developed on the first two albums, but this is at a whole other level.


Totally in Character: An Interview with Zola Jesus

As Zola Jesus, musician Nika Roza Danilova has come off as a mysterious figure, thanks in part to her music's dark, brooding sound. In a conversation with PopMatters, she reveals that the distinction between Zola Jesus and Niki Roza is not an easy one to make.


Gerry Rafferty: An Appreciation

Gerry Rafferty died too young, embittered and ravaged by alcoholism, added to the strange but poignant list of people we’ve never met but still miss. He leaves behind a perfect song, an aching, sad, beautiful story attached to a sax solo forever lodged in the right brains of millions of music fans.


Right Down the Line: R.I.P. Gerry Rafferty

Hopefully even in his most lonely moments when he could not see the light, Gerry Rafferty's heart was less heavy knowing how many lives he had improved with the gift he shared


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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

// Notes from the Road

"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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