The minute the L.A. trio clipping. emerged, combining clinically precise raps with assaultive squalls of electro-noise, they invited comparison to another California group, Death Grips. But those…   Read Story »
What a great day for punk rock. My real favorite album of the week is Fucked Up's bleary, anxious, grown-up hardcore masterwork Glass Boys, a grand and surging piece of work that I can't write about…   Read Story »
People don't talk about Trash Talk's music. We talk about Trash Talk as an avenging force, or as a torch-bearing institution dedicated to reminding us of the days when you could get your fucking head…   Read Story »
"Turned the city where I'm from into a mini-Motown," says ST 2 Lettaz on the new G-Side song "Higher." He's right and he's wrong. Five or six years ago, Huntsville, Alabama, the city where G-Side are…   Read Story »
These things are rare, but if you were in the right spot for 25 minutes at SXSW 2010, you no longer felt like you were in the middle of a chaotic industry clusterfuck. This was in Buffalo Billiards,…   Read Story »
Album Of The Week was a straight-up dogfight this week, a brutally even match between two strong competitors. In one corner, there was Lykke Li's beautifully heart-trampled breakup album I Never…   Read Story »
The Swans reunion is an unambiguously great thing: A band of grizzled veterans channeling all the forces of darkness and playing half-hour symphonies to the abyss, staring all their deepest impulses…   Read Story »
The first words Future says on Honest are a half-conscious mutter, but that doesn't make them any less heartfelt: "Be bold. Smell me?" As if to show and prove on those four words, the music…   Read Story »
The later, post-Optimus Prime death seasons of the original Transformers cartoon took place in the distant, futuristic year of 2006, when the Decepticons' most powerful weapon was Trypticon, an…   Read Story »
Seven years ago, covering CMJ for the Village Voice, I tried to go see High Places at the Cake Shop in New York, and I got their early enough to see the final song of the band that was before them on…   Read Story »