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The 5 Best Videos of the Week

Same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states! That’s a much, much bigger deal than anything music is going to give us anytime soon, and it feels weird to be writing about anything else right now. But it’s Friday, and perhaps you’d like to celebrate by watching some really good music videos. There… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 11:19 am

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Really Hates Heavy Metal, Interviews

In a recent interview with Guitar Player, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds admitted to not really liking heavy metal. Actually, his exact wording was: “I fucking hate heavy metal.” Apparently Hinds has been living a lie since the early aughts when Mastodon dropped Remission on metal mainstay Relapse records. Despite his hardened aesthetic, Hinds explained that hi… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 24, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Mastodon – “Asleep In The Deep” Video

Mastodon have been having a lot of fun as a band lately, selling booty shorts and turning up on Game Of Thrones. Their new video for “Asleep In The Deep,” from last year’s Once More ‘Round The Sun album, is as fun as anything they’ve done lately. It tells the story of a cat who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2015 - 11:09 am

Mastodon Were Wildlings On Game Of Thrones Last Night

For the most part, Game Of Thrones has done a remarkable job maintaining the consistency of its fictional universe, avoiding things like cameos from real-life celebrities, the sort of things that can rip you right out of the story. There are exceptions, though. During the moments before the show’s bigger events, it’ll sometimes work i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 1, 2015 - 6:29 am

Mastodon – “White Walker”

It didn’t make any sense last year when HBO released a mixtape of rappers referencing Game Of Thrones, and it doesn’t make any more sense this year. But it’s happening again anyway! And the forthcoming Catch The Throne Vol. 2 won’t just feature rappers and R&B singers like Ty Dolla $ign, Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Tool And Mastodon Members Form Nautical-Themed Supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen

It’s hard to decide exactly what to make of the Legend Of The Seagullmen, a new high-concept “supergroup” featuring Tool’s Danny Carey and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds (alongside OFF!’s Dimitri Coats and film director Jimmy Hayward). On one hand, it’s a garishly nautical-themed project played for maximum kitsch: The graphics harken back to ’60s pulp novel… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 9, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Is Playing Jackass’ Ryan Dunn In A Bam Margera Movie

Usually, prominent face tattoos make it hard to get major movie roles. When you’re playing one of the Jackass guys, though, all bets are apparently off. Loudwire reports that Brent Hinds, the red-bearded Mastodon guitar hero will play Ryan Dunn, the late Jackass star who died in a 2011 car accident, in Dunn’s friend Bam… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 12, 2015 - 9:31 am

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here.


The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won’t learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 9:02 am

Watch Mastodon Tear Shit Up On Letterman

Last night, Atlanta metal monsters Mastodon were the musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, and it is still weird to see these grimy motherfuckers on network TV. They played “The Motherload,” the single from their recent album Once More ‘Round The Sun, and nobody showed up to twerk. Brent Hinds did, however,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 10:30 am

Mastodon Want To See You Twerk, Preferably In Asstodon Shorts

Mastodon caused a minor stir a few weeks back with their satirical video for “The Motherload,” which featured a heavily stylized twerking competition. Those outraged by the clip said it objectified the women involved, though at least one of the women contested that stance. Now, as Pitchfork reports, the band that brought us the MastodongMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 13, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Mastodon – “The Motherload” Video

Mastodon released the album Once More ‘Round The Sun this past summer, and now they’ve got a new clip for “The Motherload,” which is not your typical metal video. There are some fantasy-inspired set pieces, there are some cool shots of the band looking tough, but most of the video consists of women challenging each… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 29, 2014 - 11:35 am

Watch Mastodon Bring Guitar Faces To Kimmel

People within the metal underground are always worrying that their scene is getting too friendly or commercialized. And to those people, I say: Don’t you want to see a bunch of face-tatted swamp-monster-looking motherfuckers ripping through faces on late-night TV? Because that’s what we got last night, and it was pretty great. Mastodon, who just… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 16, 2014 - 9:34 am

Mastodon – “Atlanta” (Feat. Gibby Haynes) (Stereogum Premiere)

Word to “Jesus Built My Hotrod“: The phrase “feat. Gibby Haynes” usually means good things are about to happen. And now the Butthole Surfers frontman has hooked up with Atlanta metal monsters Mastodon for their song “Atlanta,” a fuzzed-out sprint with some demented soloing and Haynes in full rant-and-gibber mode. The song is Mastodon’s contributio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 10:13 am

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Carved A Giant Wooden Mastodong

When Brent Hinds isn’t fronting Mastodon, he likes to blow off steam by doing some wood carving. Over the past year, he’s been busy with recording his band’s new album Once More ‘Round The Sun, so for his first carving in almost a year, he channeled all his pent-up wood carving energy into making … More »

By: James Rettig / July 29, 2014 - 8:51 pm

The Week In Pop: Sia Steps Out Of The Shadows, Sort Of

You’ve known Sia Furler for a while whether you realize it or not. The Australian singer and songwriter has been hovering around the music industry for nearly two decades. She scored a UK hit with the exceptionally late-’90s-sounding 2000 trip-hop single “Taken For Granted,” but the Sneaker-Pimps-meets-Spice-Girls approach didn’t fly in the US. Thanks i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 3, 2014 - 3:16 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014

Last week, Grantland published a thoughtful, compelling piece by Steven Hyden titled “The Sad But True Fate Of Pop-Metal.” In his essay, Hyden used the new Mastodon album, Once More ‘Round The Sun, as a jumping-off point to lament the paucity (if not void) of contemporary metal in mainstream consciousness, especially relative to the genre’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 30, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Stream Mastodon Once More ‘Round The Sun

Mastodon teased us earlier this year with news of a new album with some insane artwork. Then they gave us “High Road” (and its awesome video) and “Chimes At Midnight“. And now they’ve finally made their sixth album, Once More ‘Round The Sun, available to stream in full. Check it out over at iTunes. More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 16, 2014 - 6:22 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a weird week in the music-video universe, and that was a good thing. Many of this week’s videos (including those that didn’t make it onto this list, like clipping.’s genuinely harrowing “Body & Blood“) do strange things with the form, warping it and manipulating it but still finding ways to complement their songs. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Mastodon – “High Road” Video

Mastodon used to make videos about evil clowns and cannibal cavemen, but in making the clip for “High Road,” the first single from their new album Once More ‘Round the Sun, they’ve gone a different route entirely. With this one, they tell the story of a skinny dweeb who gets beat up during a LARP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Mastodon – “Chimes At Midnight”

Before putting on “Chimes At Midnight” to write about here, I was listening to Opeth’s forthcoming Pale Communion (which I wrote about yesterday) and before that, to In Flames forthcoming Siren Charms (which I probably won’t write about at all unless it appears in The Black Market as a cautionary example), and just yesterday I… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 3, 2014 - 7:45 am
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