Friday, September 30 2011
Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.
Thursday, June 9 2011
Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.
Thursday, November 5 2009
Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
R.E.M.'s major label debut found the group confronting the realization that it was becoming kind of a big deal, and the impulses to either carry on like normal or address the situation head-on proved to be equally enticing.
Tuesday, March 26 2013
The latest from Depeche Mode is another weighty slab of electro-blues laments dealing with lust and guilt. Doesn't mean it's not a riveting listen.
Tuesday, March 19 2013
A hell of a comeback? Most assuredly. One of the best albums Suede has ever made? Well, yeah, actually. The band that ignited Britpop 20 years ago is back, cooler than ever.
Wednesday, March 6 2013
Once rustic indie folkers, the Cave Singers have finished fusing together their favorite bits of rock, folk, and blues, with pleasing results.
Thursday, February 21 2013
Beach Fossils' stripped-down lineup speeds up and looks even further back into the post-punk '80s for its second full-length.
Thursday, February 14 2013
From mournful laments to giddy, knees-up swoons and everything in between, in observance of Valentine's Day Sound Affects runs down the choice love songs from post-punk's most capable romantics.
Thursday, January 31 2013
The year 2013 is already setting itself out to be the Year of the Comeback. In acknowledgement, Sound Affects looks at ten fantastic returns by artists who had lost their mojo and/or been away for far too long.
Friday, December 14 2012
On Wednesday, the former Beatle teamed up with the surviving members of Nirvana for charity and debuted a heavy Zeppelin-esque jam live on stage. Kurt Cobain would have been jealous.
Wednesday, December 5 2012
With the last of three Green Day LPs due out this year arriving next week, Sound Affects takes a look back and ranks the long-lived California punk trio's previous studio efforts.
Thursday, November 8 2012
With Skyfall hitting theaters in the United States tomorrow, Sound Affects spotlights five songs that in an ideal world would've played over the opening titles to the adventures of Britain's premier spy.