Posted Dec. 25, 2015, 4:03 p.m.
In the month leading up to the holiday, it's often difficult to escape the near-continual assault of schmaltzy Christmas music. It seems virtually every artist of note in the last half century (and quite a few that are best left forgotten) have, at some point or other, produced some sort ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 11:11 a.m.
Though usually panned by the majority of film critics – the mainstream ones anyway- horror films seem to be a Hollywood mainstay that just won't go away. This is hardly shocking – if there's one genre of film in which a low budget doesn't seem to be that much of ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:27 a.m.
Made in 1957, director Roger Corman's typically efficient low-budget sci-fi flick Not of This Earth came to be regarded as a minor genre classic in the years to come – and mostly for good reason. Dealing with an alien who's come to Earth to evaluate whether human blood can save his ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m.
In the midst of the opening credits sequence for Italian director Dario Argento's 1975 Profondo Rosso (a.k.a. Deep Red), the viewer is treated to a truncated scene appearing to show two figures in shadow in front of a Christmas tree. One pulls a knife and appears to stab the other, ... read more
Posted May 21, 2015, 12:18 p.m.
Art is Masturbation. It’s a sensational, attention-grabbing statement for sure and one that presents an idea that many artists and people who create have probably toyed with at one point or another - is the creative process purely a self-serving, self-satisfying one? Without doubt, creation allows the person doing the ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas) SPB: Living in Austin and being a part of South by Southwest for the last several years, I'm often ... read more
Posted April 15, 2017, 1:38 a.m.
A year after the standing President of the United States attended and lectured at the South by Southwest Festival, politics were again front and center ... read more
Posted June 1, 2016, 3:33 a.m.
Spyros Stasis SPB: (How) Has work in sound engineering affected your music tastes and/or reviewing? Spyros Stasis: It has not affected so much my outlook ... read more
Posted April 28, 2016, 1:51 a.m.
An Esquire article written immediately after the event describe South by Southwest 2016 as “the worst-attended, least buzzy version of the...festival in more than a ... read more
Posted March 24, 2016, 11:50 p.m.
Chicco (LATTE+) SPB: If you could put together a four or five-piece "all star group" of players from classic punk bands, who would be in ... read more
Posted Jan. 27, 2016, 6:53 p.m.
Ali Muhareb SPB: It seems like there's been renewed interest in psychedelic music in recent years. Have you noticed any differences between the psychedelic scene ... read more
Posted Jan. 27, 2016, 6:49 p.m.
Craig Taylor-Broad SPB: All creative people invest something of themselves into their work, but this seems especially true with regard to your solo work. Do you ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2015, 3:24 p.m.
In the days leading up to the three-day Fun Fun Fun Fest, weather forecasters were calling for yet another weekend of torrential rain in and ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
It's strange that, while numerous memories have vanished from my mind over the years, I can still remember where I was when I learned of ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 2:54 p.m.
Upon leaving the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival on the second day of its second weekend, someone near me made the comment that a ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:08 a.m.
Neon Shudder SPB: It seems like there would be a temptation when working within the world of cyberpunk to make soundtracks to situations presented in ... read more
Posted Sept. 29, 2015, 11:46 p.m.
Vezzo (Sophie Lillienne) SPB: Maybe it says something about my musical preconceptions, but I expected something entirely different when I first listened to Sophie Lillienne. ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2015, 12:17 a.m.
Lionel Ziblat (Modest Midget) SPB: Which music by classical composers do you think has held up the best into the 21st century? Lionel: Great question! Since ... read more
Posted June 18, 2015, 2:34 p.m.
Providing a welcome alternative to not only the blast of insanity that South by Southwest brings but also the increasingly-crowded shitstorm that is the Austin ... read more
Posted May 31, 2015, 12:17 a.m.
Matt Scheuermann (roses) SPB: Coming into the Philadelphia music scene, what were your expectations (if any) and have those early expectations and perceptions changed over ... read more
Posted April 2, 2015, 2:55 a.m.
Michal Palmer (Bilinda Butchers) SPB: Was there a historical or real-life inspiration behind the concept for Heaven? Palmer: Yes, both. The album's concept was inspired by ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 3:17 p.m.
Following a year in 2014 that not only saw Tyler, the Creator get arrested for “inciting a riot” during a show but also a tragic ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 12:41 p.m.
Jeremy (Girl Scout) SPB: What varieties of Girl Scout (the band) cookies would there be? Jeremy: We always talked about making weed versions of Girl ... read more
Posted June 30, 2020, 2:02 p.m.
Based in the Capital metro of Washington, D.C., three-piece Han Gan returns with The Time Past EP, a follow-up to 2018 full-length The City of Magnificent Intentions. This ... read more
Posted June 4, 2020, 11:40 a.m.
"Based on the idea that cultural creation is enriched by the exchange of knowledge and the crossing of ideas, the project Hysteria held in Porto, ... read more
Posted May 21, 2020, 12:33 p.m.
With most or all in-person live music performances seemingly postponed indefinitely, jump in the time machine with the Scene Point Blank premiere of a video ... read more
Posted May 14, 2020, 11:44 a.m.
I suppose it’s not the least bit surprising that politics and general frustration at the state of the world seems to be creeping into a ... read more
Posted April 16, 2020, 11:43 a.m.
With a penchant for coming up with amusing track titles as well as pumping out catchy and crunchy noise punk, Norwegian duo Barren Womb have been ... read more
Posted April 7, 2020, 11:41 a.m.
Formed as singer and multi-instrumentalist Nate Erickson’s previous project, After Hours Radio, was winding down, Michigan-based indie project 310AM has a sound and overall sense ... read more
Posted March 5, 2020, 11:42 a.m.
Looking at the bio of singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley – having dance-offs witha then-incarcerated James Brown while visiting his also incarcerated mother, supporting himself as a teenager ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2020, 9:44 a.m.
Based in Western Massachusetts, Fred Cracklin, the duo of guitarist Adam Bosse and drummer Max Goldstein, describes their music as “spazz metal jazz.” For me, ... read more
Posted Feb. 11, 2020, 9:25 a.m.
A sense of tension and unease pervades Batom Rouge, the upcoming third release (following 2017’s Pharamoans and the following year’s Secrets) from Baton Rouge trio Shadow ... read more
Posted Feb. 4, 2020, 12:18 p.m.
Since 2008, Cleveland, Ohio’s Restless Habs, originally formed by veteran players Ken Blaze and Peter Woodward of the Unknown, have been steadily pumping out releases ... read more
Posted Jan. 14, 2020, 8:54 a.m.
Song titling: some bands do it, but it’s kinda blah. Some bands do it and the title represents the song, but maybe doesn’t quite pop. ... read more
Posted Oct. 23, 2019, 8:46 a.m.
Having grown up in a pre-YouTube era and gone through film school many moons ago, I've always appreciated music videos that served as more than ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2019, 9:35 a.m.
After debuting with a self-titled 2017 EP, Seattle's Slumberbox is gearing up for the release of new EP, Estoy Listo, Quiero Morirme. Google Translate is ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2019, 9:07 a.m.
Describing themselves as "equal parts 69, 420, and 666," Chicago-based three-piece No Men unleash their sophomore full-length record, Hell Was Full So We Came Back, on ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2019, 8:28 a.m.
And now for something completely different... Perhaps sensing that something, yes, different is needed nowadays to stand out in an ever-crowded field of artists and ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Glancing over the website of jangle pop duo Beloved Binge, I found myself drawn to a particular description of the band's approach - "They showcase ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2019, 10:01 a.m.
Based in Tokyo, Yuko Araki has gravitated from learning piano at a young age to creating music in a variety of projects covering a range of ... read more
Posted Sept. 20, 2019, 12:09 p.m.
Is the prevalence of the post- prefix in contemporary society indicative of the fact that humanity has been left to create, and indeed exist, in a era ... read more
Posted Sept. 16, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
New York City is rightfully regarded as one of the hotbeds of American punk music, but coming out of the Bronx district presented some challenges ... read more
Posted Sept. 13, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Growing up in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania, the local college station stood as the one place on the radio dial that I could consistently turn to for ... read more
Posted June 23, 2019, 8:44 p.m.
As I explained to a friend a few years back, experimental music is fun because, by its very nature, it can encompass almost, and indeed ... read more
Posted June 28, 2016, 11:18 p.m.
Over the past decade, Fun Fun Fun Festival has provided the city of Austin, Texas with a definite alternative to the pop culture meltdown that ... read more
Posted April 28, 2016, 11:30 p.m.
Levitation, the new incarnation of Austin Psych Fest at Carson Creek Ranch, has been cancelled due to severe weather predicted in the already weather-weary state ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2015, 3 p.m.
One of the tunes I always looked forward to on the in-game radio of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was The Psychedelic Furs's woozy "Love My Way." Originally released in 1982, the song has been covered numerous times in the years since by bands ranging from Mineral and The Polyphonic ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 4:23 p.m.
In anticipation of a self-titled debut coming in early 2016, The Dutchess and the Fox (a duo made up of former Psychedelic Furs player Joe McGinty and Superhuman Happiness's Andrea Diaz) have released not only relaxed piano number St. Vitus but also, just in time for Halloween, a super smoky - dare ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 11:37 a.m.
Following up 2014's Dangerous Days, Paris-based electronic outfit Perturbator (one of bandcamp's best-selling artists) will return in 2016 with a new full length entitled The Uncanny Valley, released on Blood Music. Expect more vintage electronic sounds and, hopefully, another totally rad piece of album art. View the album teaser video below! ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2015, 10:43 a.m.
After riding the wave of momentum generated by 2014 debut Say Yes to Love, noise rock outfit Perfect Pussy has laid low for the past few months. As the band prepares for the release of their second full-length (expected in 2016 on Captured Tracks), they'll close out 2015 with - ... read more
Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 2:12 p.m.
After announcing the successful Kickstarter funding of the documentary Pretend We're Dead earlier this year, all-female grunge punk group L7 took to the stage for the first time in 18 years this past May. Now, they've revealed plans for a North American tour which will take place this fall, including stops ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2015, 12:28 p.m.
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the release of Prawn's Kingfisher, the New Jersey band and Topshelf Records are offering it as a free ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2015, 4:32 p.m.
In addition to finishing up a 12" release that will drop later this fall on No Idea Records, Massachusetts-based Kindling have released a super-cool, fuzz pop cover of The Dicks's 1980 track "Hate the Police" as a name-your-price download benefitting an unnamed organization working towards police accountability. Check out the ... read more
Posted July 13, 2015, 5:40 p.m.
Half a year after the release of their debut album Ratworld, Leeds-based Menace Beach have already announced a follow-up. The five-track Super Transporterreum will release this fall, featuring artwork conjured straight out of the Twilight Zone. Listen to the EP's title track below. Ghoul power! read more
Posted July 1, 2015, 2:09 p.m.
Buffalo, NY: birthplace of The Goo Goo Dolls, Vincent Gallo, Mighty Taco (still the best fast-food Mexican I've ever chowed down on) and now garage-rock-turned-psych-electro group Sleepy Hahas. In preparation for the upcoming From The Bottom Of A Warm Lake, due out later this year, the band has just released ... read more
Posted June 24, 2015, 4:16 p.m.
Leave it to legendary British metal group Cradle of Filth to descend upon "Witch Country" in Suffolk, England in order to record their upcoming Hammer of the Witches, out July 10 on Nuclear Blast. New song "Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess" from the album is now streaming at Revolver, and the ... read more
Posted June 24, 2015, 11:48 a.m.
In addition to a summer 2015 tour with Motion City Soundtrack, The Spill Canvas have announced a series of dates celebrating their first two albums, 2004's Sunsets and Car Crashes and the following year's One Fell Swoop, in which those albums will be performed in their entirety. Check out the ... read more
Posted June 6, 2015, 4:13 p.m.
Fresh from 2014's Heaven, adventurous California-based trio The Bilinda Butchers have continued to draw influence from across the Pacific on their new track, collaborating with Tokyo electronic artist Smany on a dreamy and lush reimagining of Japanese group Number Girl's grungy 2003 song "Sentimental Girls Violent Joke." Listen to the track below: 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 Feb. 18, 2020, 1:39 a.m.
Given that I’ve put together year-end lists of the strangest albums I heard for the past couple years, I was pointed to this release coming ... 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 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 June 2, 2014, 6:56 p.m.
Much like the recently-reunited Owls, the unfortunately short-lived American Football was a group formed from the remnants of seminal Midwest-based 1990s emo band Cap’n Jazz (whose members went on ... 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 Jan. 20, 2020, 10:41 p.m.
Spaceman comes to Earth, fronts rock band!It sounds like it might be a Weekly World News headline or the subplot to a ‘60s-era Godzilla film, yet this is allegedly ... 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 Sept. 14, 2015, 8:10 p.m.
I’m not sure I could come up with a worse scenario for a band than having one of its players pass away while the group ... read more
Posted April 20, 2015, 7:36 p.m.
Chances are, most listeners have would heard everything on Derek Grant’s 2015 solo album Breakdown before - it seems to imitate everything from the driving ... 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 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 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 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 May 11, 2020, 8:16 p.m.
Created using a combination of physical instruments and various synthesized elements, it wasn’t particularly surprising for me to learn that one of the major concepts ... 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 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 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 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 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 Feb. 23, 2015, 6:42 p.m.
Athens, Georgia has a long history of producing some great musicians and music, known for being the birthplace of groups like the B-52’s and R.E.M. ... 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 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 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 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. 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 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 June 15, 2020, 11:08 p.m.
Clocking it at just under 27 minutes, Columbus, Ohio electronic music producer Jacoti Sommes’ 2020 release Travel Time is all around better than his excellent 2018 effort Ubermensch. ... 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 Aug. 18, 2014, 8:40 p.m.
Proving that Italians can do the doomy, post-metal thing just as well as anyone else, mysterious and methodical five-piece group John, the Void’s 2014 self-titled ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Oct. 26, 2015, 10:13 p.m.
After dropping their debut album Ratworld earlier this year, Leeds-based Menace Beach have wasted no time in producing an energetic but decidedly more focused follow-up. ... 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 March 5, 2018, 6:18 p.m.
How do you tell a fairy tale using only sound? That's a question seemingly answered by Japanese artist Mokumedori's self-titled album. Utilizing an eclectic variety ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 Dec. 28, 2015, 11:24 p.m.
Forming in Brooklyn in 1995 as a collective based around abstract sound, Pas Musique translates to “Not Music” in French, a fact which gives some ... 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 Dec. 1, 2014, 11:01 p.m.
If Daft Punk were commissioned to score a cyberpunk horror film of the likes of Hardware, the resulting work may sound something like what Paris ... 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. 10, 2020, 10:36 p.m.
It'd be quite easy to write off (the fantastically named) Puppy and the Hand Jobs for making self-described “trash rock and roll.” Much as is ... 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 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 Dec. 15, 2014, 10:29 p.m.
“This is how losers feel // I am a loser // and you’re here to remind me” ...so begins Cool Choices, recorded by Jenn Ghetto, ... read more
Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 8:57 p.m.
First showing up in 2012 and making waves in the underground music scene ever since, Sd Laika makes a brand of electronic music that seems ... read more
Posted Aug. 3, 2015, 8:18 p.m.
Artistically satisfying and incredibly eclectic, 2015’s The Fragile Idea from Italian electronic artist Sophie Lillienne seems designed to lull a listener into a somnambulistic state. ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jan. 14, 2020, 3:27 a.m.
While music groups have tried to emulate the sounds of the past in various ways, this is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the world ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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