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Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’s… More »

I spent the second week of March at SXSW, and I spent a pretty good percentage of my SXSW at metal shows. In truth, most of the people I talked to at the festival seemed to agree that this year’s metal lineups were pretty lackluster, but even so, every day the genre offered numerous acts… More »

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

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Thou – “Eyehatethou”

Last year, New Orleans sludge-doom monsters Thou released the ferocious, blackhearted album Heathen, and every metalhead I know considers it one of the best albums…
Tom Breihan | July 27, 2015 - 10:49 am

Adult Swim Announces 2015 Singles Series With Danny Brown, Chromatics, Run The Jewels, FlyLo, Sia x SOPHIE, & More

Adult Swim's annual singles series is back for the sixth time starting next week, and as usual the Cartoon Network offshoot has rounded up an…
Chris DeVille | June 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Stream Whatever Nevermind: A Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind

Robotic Empire has put together a second Nirvana tribute album for Record Store Day. The first one was released for last year’s RSD, and had…
James Rettig | April 18, 2015 - 10:46 am

The Body & Thou – “Terrible Lie” (Nine Inch Nails Cover)

The avant-garde sludge bands Thou and the Body both released excellent albums of their own in 2014 -- Heathen and I Shall Die Here, respectively…
Michael Nelson | January 7, 2015 - 11:42 am

Stream Thou Heathen

The catalog produced by New Orleans sludge band Thou can be daunting to consider: Right now it stands at 28 releases (over 7 years) but…
Michael Nelson | March 17, 2014 - 12:38 pm