Posted Oct. 21, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
A few years removed from 2015's ¡Piratas!, a record I found singularly outstanding, Portland, Oregon band Dark Oz returned with a second EP entitled Alligators. Unsurprisingly given ... read more
Posted Jan. 14, 2019, 10:09 p.m.
Replacing God by ultra-prolific Kansas-based experimental musician Twin Towers at times seems to be an experimental metal album, but there's much more to the work and ... read more
Posted Dec. 18, 2018, 11:19 p.m.
The fourth in a string of 2018 releases from Denver-based synth duo Neon Cities, the Toulouse single presents a pair of tracks that showcase distinct sides of the ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2018, 9:23 p.m.
Playfully naughty lyrics might have been the first thing I noticed about Jack of None's The Tattle Tale Heart EP, but there's more to this record created ... read more
Posted July 23, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
I'm not sure what exactly I expected going into an album titled Family Witchcraft Attack, but I wound up being pleasantly surprised by the type of ... read more
Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 5:47 p.m.
Though the thought of pairing a shoegazey indie pop band with an anything-goes punk group on a split record may seem odd, in the case ... read more
Posted Feb. 5, 2018, 8:35 p.m.
Given their name, it's appropriate that San Francisco's Spiritual Cramp have a sound rooted in the punk rock of 40-ish years ago. I don't think ... read more
Posted Jan. 29, 2018, 5:50 p.m.
Contemplative and calming, “Delacorta” kicks off Damon Eliza Palermo's Beacon of Maracaibo release with flowing piano and bubbling electronic tones playing under a pleasant, naturalistic bed of ... read more
Posted Jan. 22, 2018, 5:34 p.m.
Described aptly by its creator, Barcelona songwriter Daniel Ruiz, as an “ode to misery,” A Cup of Coffee with Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, and a ... read more
Posted Jan. 15, 2018, 5:40 p.m.
To put it mildly, Otoboke Beaver's Love is Short doesn't beat around the bush, though that phrase seems wildly inappropriate given the origin of the band's name. Following ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:26 p.m.
Given that it's a split release between a well-established group and one making its U.S. debut, the best thing about 2016's Fatso Jetson / del-Toros ... read more
Posted April 11, 2016, 5:58 p.m.
In a past life – OK, like eight years ago - I found myself working at a furniture factory in small town Pennsylvania. While I've ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Debuting in 2014 and quickly releasing the surprisingly outstanding Spike & Wave 7”, Easthampton, Massachusetts-based Kindling has undergone a substantial metamorphosis over the past few ... read more
Posted Feb. 15, 2016, 8:27 a.m.
Considering that the genre is and probably always will be associated with youth, it's worth noting that there are some more experienced players working in ... read more
Posted Feb. 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
The concept of being “existentially wasted” seems somewhat appropriate in the context of increasingly confused (and confusing) modern society. It's a concept that could easily ... read more
Posted Jan. 11, 2016, 6:14 p.m.
The deliciously gloomy album art on Wall of Water's two-track Promo 2015 features what seems to be a long-abandoned roller coaster rotting away in the ... read more
Posted Dec. 21, 2015, 6:39 p.m.
Without doubt, one of my favorite musical discoveries of the past few years has been British singer-songwriter Craig Taylor-Broad. After first unleashing an (apparently, now ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 6:03 p.m.
I admit it: arguably the guiltiest of my guilty pleasures is Euro disco, a genre which found (sometimes quite dubiously-talented) European musicians exaggerating the basic ... read more
Posted Nov. 16, 2015, 6:18 p.m.
At a point in the late '90s and early-to-mid 2000s, it seemed like every major artist had at least one tribute album out there. Invariably ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 5:56 p.m.
While electronic music used to be a rather exclusive club that only those with access to (expensive) equipment could hope to break into, in recent ... read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 8:23 a.m.
Gloriously unpolished and perhaps one of the outright loudest and gnarliest records I've heard all year, 2015's I Saw My Soul Leaving is a sort ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 3:57 p.m.
Though composer Chuck Cirino is not a name that most movie fans – even those who like B-movies – would instantly recognize, there's a decent ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 3:32 p.m.
Having produced the energetic low-budget action picture Assault on Precinct 13 in 1976 prior to laying the foundations of the modern slasher movie with 1978's Halloween, ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 2:02 p.m.
Since their founding almost a decade and a half ago, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania duo Zombi (made up of bassist Steve Moore and drummer A.E. Paterra, both ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 12:09 p.m.
A studio and touring musician with Nine Inch Nails since the mid '90s and part of the whole Chinese Democracy saga for Guns 'n' Roses, guitarist ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 10:45 a.m.
Though there are plenty of composers who've made a name for themselves by crafting the soundtracks to horror films, Italian progressive rock group Goblin stands ... read more
Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 10:02 a.m.
More than five years after the first wave of so-called witch house artists popped up, caused a commotion in the independent music scene, and then ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 6:04 p.m.
Known in his lifetime (1685-1750) primarily as an organist, German-born Johann Sebastian Bach has, in the course of the last three centuries, achieved a status ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 5:56 p.m.
Over the past two decades, Phil Elverum has established himself as one of the most consistently outstanding artists working in the indie rock spectrum, yet ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 10:17 p.m.
Though the album might attract some of the same listeners that gravitate towards otherworldly new age music, Summer Homes’s 2015 album Nocturnes actually has a ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8:27 a.m.
Boasting precise mixing and near-flawless musical execution, Code Elektro’s 2015 Superstrings may be one of the best albums of cyberpunk-inspired electronica one would hope to ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 5:48 p.m.
On March 31,1994, singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, frontman for Nirvana and heralded as the spokesman for a generation, escaped from a drug treatment facility ... read more
Posted Sept. 7, 2015, 8:55 p.m.
Given the never-waning focus among classical music fans on established (and too-frequently, dead) composers, it would seem that the world of modern classical music is ... read more
Posted Aug. 24, 2015, 6:43 p.m.
Upon hearing that legendary northwest garage rockers The Sonics were releasing a new album – their first in (gulp!) nearly fifty years – in 2015, ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 11:10 p.m.
Covering much of the same ground as a group like Perturbator, Philadelphia’s neon shudder makes dark electronic music inspired by the world of cyberpunk – ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 6:53 p.m.
Newly-formed Vancouver, BC pop-punk trio Grease Thieves boast a vocalist whose snarl makes him sound a bit like vintage Tim Armstrong, and one can almost ... read more
Posted Aug. 3, 2015, 8:23 p.m.
Without doubt one of the more strange albums released in 2015 (or any year for that matter), Irish-born harpist Áine O'Dwyer’s Music for Church Cleaners ... read more
Posted July 27, 2015, 7:50 p.m.
Though his own catalog has been hit-or-miss since 1996’s classic Endtroducing, I’d place DJ Shadow among the relatively few who have managed to stay ahead ... read more
Posted June 29, 2015, 5:45 p.m.
Though many people – even those who weren’t around when the system was - could probably rattle off several of the more popular NES titles ... read more
Posted June 22, 2015, 6:51 p.m.
If Nic Cage from Leaving Las Vegas had cut an album, it might sound something like Mishka Shubaly’s Coward’s Path. Dealing with such upbeat subjects ... read more
Posted June 15, 2015, 10:14 p.m.
Though much attention relating to 2015’s Austin Psych Fest (a.k.a. Levitation) was directed towards the reunion of the legendary 13th Floor Elevators, one of the biggest ... read more
Posted May 4, 2015, 8:13 a.m.
Doubled-up, sometimes indecipherable screamed vocals, waves of sludgy, growling guitar and a thudding, powerful rhythm section ensure that Enjoy Your Hobbies, a 7” vinyl release ... read more
Posted April 13, 2015, 8:21 a.m.
After a 2013 full length album that marked the band’s first full-length as a self-described “Carp Rock Power Duo,” a title which I can in ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 8 p.m.
With a hard copy release that’s designed to look like a blood-spattered wedding invitation, The Messiah is Back has to be one of the most ... read more
Posted March 23, 2015, 10:23 p.m.
After relocating from Cleveland to Philadelphia, singer/songwriter Matthew Scheuermann put together a self-titled three-song EP released on Valentine’s Day 2015 under the name of Roses. ... read more
Posted March 16, 2015, 5:49 p.m.
Yet another group that, like Trust, CHVRCHES, or any of the artists featured on the Neonautics compilation, is mining the world of ‘80s synth rock ... read more
Posted March 2, 2015, 11:03 p.m.
Sounding like the result of glue-huffing fourteen-year-olds being let loose in a recording studio, Too Pooped to Pip, the 2015 demo from Baltimore, Maryland’s Post ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:38 p.m.
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Hurry started out as the solo project of guitarist/songwriter Matt Scottoline before expanding to its current three-piece form, and it’s quite ... read more
Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 8:24 a.m.
Running nearly 70 minutes in length, the Neonautics v.01 compilation from Russian label skyQode collects sixteen tracks (many of which in album-exclusive versions) from a ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:56 a.m.
Offering up an abrasive quintet of hardcore punk that flies by in five minutes, the 2015 self-titled demo from Oakland, California four-piece I WANNA DIE ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 11:22 p.m.
Detailing the history of southern California punk of the late 1970s and early ‘80s and in particular, the scene that revolved around the legendary Cuckoo’s ... read more
Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:46 p.m.
The tight and bright 2014 Icarus EP marks the debut of the indie pop quartet that originally recorded as Plumerai under their new name of ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2015, 12:32 a.m.
Bate Kush, the second short release from a side-project of drone and ambient musician Foie Gras known as Bad Kisser, presents the listener with a ... read more
Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:49 a.m.
Gloriously imperfect and scratchy, the P-Sides Demo by Denver, Colorado’s Strawberry Runners starts off with “Slip In.” Initially sounding like melodramatic ‘50s pop with a ... read more
Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:42 a.m.
Made up of one half of Sweden’s Masshysteri (vocalist Robert Hurula and drummer Erik Viklund), Cross play dark and grimy music that seems indebted to ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:14 p.m.
Following a handful of shorter releases, San Francisco three-piece The Bilinda Butchers (named after the guitarist/vocalist from My Bloody Valentine and made up of Michal ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:07 p.m.
In a career lasting some two and a half decades at this point, Earth has gained near-legendary status and plenty of critical acclaim for making ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 10:07 p.m.
Though I’ve been familiar with the name Grouper for some time, perhaps it’s not entirely coincidental that the solo project from Portland, Oregon-based artist and ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:34 p.m.
Recording under the guise of Alexeï Kawolski, Montreal-based composer and producer Alexis Langevin-Tétrault walks the line between making harsh and abstract material and more noticeably ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:25 p.m.
The soundtrack for the 2013 film Prince Avalanche, created by instrumental rock group Explosions in the Sky in collaboration with David Wingo, has to be ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:15 p.m.
Sometime around the mid-2000’s, I began to realize just how much I missed having new music by Richard D. James, who typically records under the ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 11:05 p.m.
It’s kind of remarkable how vaguely similar the debut album by Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy is to that of another of 2014’s breakout artists, Perfect Pussy. ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 7:07 p.m.
Following the group’s ambitious 2010 debut The Great Prophecy of a Small Man, Dutch group Modest Midget returns with 2014’s Crysis, an album that’s equally ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 2:03 a.m.
Recorded under the name of the noises we make when no one is around (a name that aside from being wordy, seems quite appropriate), the ... read more
Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:13 p.m.
With their 2014 album Aspects of Our Future Selves, Swedish three piece Svarta Stugan (translated as “Black Cottage”) has come up with their third EP ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:12 p.m.
After forming in 1970, the members of progressive rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (i.e. keyboardist extraordinaire Keith Emerson, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Carl ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 7:52 p.m.
For a time in the mid- to late-2000s, it seemed as if Canadian drum and bass duo Death from Above 1979 might go the way ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2014, 3:02 p.m.
As might be expected considering the word can be used in a variety of ways and can make up nearly every word in a still-coherent ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 11:28 p.m.
Despite the fact that Canadian/German drone group Nadja has a long history of collaborating with various artists from around the globe, their 2014 collaboration with ... read more
Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 10:45 p.m.
Universally regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of instrumental hip hop and turntablism after having gained massive recognition for 1995’s ... read more
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:40 p.m.
With an extremely downbeat and aggressive sound, Austin, Texas four-piece band Glue follows up their noisy and vulgar 2012 demo with a 2014 self-titled 7” ... read more
Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 8:43 p.m.
Musically tight and lyrically inventive, Pittsburgh, PA-based, self-proclaimed “slacker rock” group Girl Scout seems to draw inspiration from various indie rock groups of the ‘90s ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:58 p.m.
Despite the fact that the man’s been dead for more than two decades at this point, the reputation of GG Allin, self-described “public animal #1” ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:40 p.m.
Demonstrating on their 2013 self-titled EP that they may be the modern group that best replicates the sound of classic, British shoegaze bands (particularly, Isn’t Anything-era My ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 11:41 p.m.
Running nearly twenty minutes in length and featuring two tracks, 2014’s Elegy is the second demo from Indonesian five-piece Maur. I’d classify this band as sounding somewhat ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 11:37 p.m.
Though the band is not doing anything that the typical punk rock fan wouldn’t have heard dozens of times before, there’s definite energy and excitement ... read more
Posted July 28, 2014, 7:47 p.m.
Known primarily as the frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco (the stage name of electronic musician Thomas Fec) has nonetheless carved out a little niche ... read more
Posted July 8, 2014, 7:29 a.m.
Combining throbbing electronic music with scratchy and crackly noise elements, Providence, Rhode Island’s Container has been getting more and more notice in recent years. Perhaps ... read more
Posted July 1, 2014, 1:27 a.m.
The latest in a series of side projects from Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno, ††† (pronounced “crosses”) takes much of its somewhat spooky iconography from the weird world ... read more
Posted June 23, 2014, 10:39 p.m.
Showing up a few years after the group’s 2009 debut Aloha, Diarrhea Planet’s 2011 three-track EP Yama-Uba is a more consistent release, with a sound that’s similar to ... read more
Posted June 23, 2014, 10:27 p.m.
Formed in 2009, Nashville, Tennessee’s Diarrhea Planet initially were known for their goofy name more than anything else, but with the 2014 reissue of their ... read more
Posted June 9, 2014, 8:28 p.m.
Four years on in a career that’s seen them work on perfecting the brand of quirky 1990s alt rock of bands like the acclaimed Pavement and not-so-fondly-remembered Harvey ... read more
Posted May 26, 2014, 6:16 p.m.
Considering that many of the group’s earliest albums were sometimes described as being unlistenable, it’s odd that Swans have garnered increasing critical acclaim and notoriety ... read more
Posted May 12, 2014, 8:22 p.m.
Five years removed from a self-titled debut released on the legendary Slumberland Records label that to many, signaled the return of sugary indie pop and ... read more
Posted May 5, 2014, 9:58 p.m.
Though many have tried to position singer/songwriter Meg Myers as the latest in the line of angsty female singers that includes the likes of Fiona Apple, ... read more
Posted April 28, 2014, 9:36 p.m.
Though he’s primarily known for being the former, on-again, off-again guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante has long pursued a solo career that’s been ... read more
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