Best New Music
The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome
It’s a wise choice for the Rolling Stones to make Blue & Lonesome, their first new album in 10 years, a blues-cover album. They’ve been accused of “getting old” since 1970 and really have never bothered to pay credence to that attack, routinely kicking out straight up rock and roll albums. Mick Jagger has always been Mick Jagger, be it at age 19 or age 73. But, were they to just come out and say “here’s a new album” after such a lengthy absence would smack more of market
When rap albums are thrown around as contenders of the year, chances are that you'll hear Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Death Grips, Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest or other big names, according to what year we're in. To Pimp A Butterfly stood head and shoulders above the rest last year, without much competition, but this year we've got a lot more options in the running. Denzel Curry is one of the lesser names leading the pack and if anything, one listen of Imperial, an
A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service
For most hip-hop fans, what’s considered the genre’s “Golden Age” came to an end at some point in the late nineties or early part of the twenty-first century. While people like Jay-Z, Nas, and Wu-Tang Clan managed to remain relevant throughout the new millennium; for many people the genre’s mainstream hasn’t recaptured the consistent high levels of years gone by in quite some time. A few chance reunions, plus an appearance on The Tonight Show, in 2015 gave
A Fat Wreck: The Punk-U-Mentary [film]
The film A Fat Wreck: The Punk-U-Mentary is perfectly described by its title. It is an in-depth look at the history of Fat Wreck Chords told through members of bands signed to the label and the co-founders Fat Mike and Erin Kelly-Burkett.
The story of how Fat Wreck Chords was actually created is actually a small portion of the film. Basically it was Fat Mike and Erin’s joint venture to make extra money while he toured with NOFX. A Fat Wreck is divided into several sec
Frameworks are back with another crushing, merciless record. Fans of Defeater, Departures, Touché Amoré and thereabouts would recall how Loom kicked down post-hardcore/screamo doors in 2014. The aggression and abrasive intensity unfolds yet again on their sophomore LP, Smother. Melodic and relentless. Not to mention, one of the dizziest spins you'll have this year.
From the harmonious spaced-out post-rock vibe of "Purge" to the eclectic guitars on "Perculiar People", it
You Want It Darker
Writing this review, after Leonard Cohen’s death, makes it that much harder not to attach some of the lyrics to the fact he saw what was coming. Granted, for an eighty-two year old man to write about his impending death, shouldn’t be seen as unusual. But, with the first full week of November behind us the title You Want It Darker comes off less like a joke about the album’s content and more of a summation of 2016 as a whole.
II: A New Batch
I’m a pretty big Murder Party! fan and I’ve been patiently waiting for the full length follow up to their 2013 self-titled EP. The bad news is that I’m still waiting for that full length album. The good news is that they’ve given me seven new songs to hold me over until that day finally arrives. Appropriately released on Devil’s Night, Murder Party! II:A New Batch mostly picks up right where their previous six song EP left off. The Grand Rapids, MI based horror punk trio cont
The Serpent Only Lies
Just in time for Halloween, two of metal’s heaviest hitters have dropped scary new snake themed LP’s. Testament’s Brotherhood of the Snake and Crowbar’s The Serpent Only Lies take different approaches, but both are essential listening for the witching season. Each record has 10 tracks and a 46 minute run time. Both albums also have exquisite serpentine artwork by Eliran Kantor. The serpent has long been the symbol of evil, deception and even the Devil himself. It’s dou
Danny Brown is a weird dude in all the best ways. There are few rappers who come across as unhinged as he does at his most reserved. Atrocity Exhibition, his newest full length, finds him comfortable: fast as hell and all over the sonic spectrum.
It’s hard to talk about Danny Brown without mentioning his past. He's sold drugs but done more. He's spent time in prison and almost signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records. (Apparently, his pants were too tight.) XXX, his breakthr