Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:16am by George M. Bowles
Another year full of great music, over 30 albums here that I really enjoyed... a few of which were my very favorites of 2014. First, here's everything that piqued my interest...albums I enjoyed over repeated listens. It was a big year for drone, shoegaze, and experimental music, as well as a big comeback year for cult acts like ExHxGx, Godflesh, and more.
Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Best albums of 2014, aphex twin, Cheetahs, Crisis Arm, earth, Eyehategod, Floor, Funereus, Giant Squid, Godflesh, Gong, grumbling fur, john zorn, Lawrence English, Mark Lanegan Band, Medicine, Merkabah, Mouse on Mars, Mr. Oizo, Murmur, Noxagt, OOIOO, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley, Randall Dunn, Pallbearer, Philm, Plebeian Grandstand, Primus, Secret Chiefs 3, Swans, The Bad Plus. The Nels Cline Singers, Thou, Today Is The Day, Whirr
Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 8:53am by Clayton Michaels

Because man cannot live on metal alone, here’s a list of my 10 favorite non-metal releases of 2014. My tastes tend to be kind of eclectic, so there should be a little something on this list to appeal to everyone.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Emma Ruth Rundle, Cymbals Eat Guitars, You Blew It!, Cloud Nothings, Greensky Bluegrass, Self Defense Family, Swans, Pianos Become the Teeth, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Posted Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 9:40am by Clayton Michaels

To call Swans’ latest album To Be Kind a collection of new music is a bit of a misnomer. I saw them about two weeks after their last album, 2012’s The Seer, was released and three tracks that would end up on To Be Kind­—“Nathalie Neal,” “She Loves Us!” and the title track—were already being featured (albeit in different forms) as part of their set. In fact, they played as many songs that would end up on To Be Kind as they did from the album they were touring behind.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Swans, experimental rock, no wave, Michael Gira
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