Lars Gotrich appears in the following:
Sunday, November 10, 2013
David Tiso concocts gnarled, hydra-Zorn headbangers like some kind of metal mad scientist on Ephel Duath's fifth album. Producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) grounds the insanity with a vicious low-end.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
From faithful solo sets to Television-indebted deconstructions, 2013 has been a renaissance to the fingerstyle guitar. And more so than any year, American Primitive ain't just for loners anymore.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Gunn's music stems from a bushy, overgrown definition of what we often call "Americana." But mostly, his hypnotic long-form jams are perfect for taking it easy. Watch Gunn's trio perform a mesmerizing set at the NPR Music offices.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The body-rattling stoner-metal band hides rhythmic tricks under distortion and double guitar solos.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Salt Lake City doom-metal band SubRosa isn't out to reinvent the stone wheel, but it does offer a unique perspective by looking back to America's melancholic folk roots for something darker and more soulful.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Holter has always had a flair for not only drama, but also the dramatic. On Loud City Song, she looks to the 1958 musical film Gigi for her third album in as many years. A collection of high-concept chamber-pop, it examines resonant themes like loneliness while retaining its mystery.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Listening to High Aura'd, it's apparent that creator John Kolodij hears life with great clarity. Fittingly, director Kenneth Linehan's 16mm-shot video for "Remain in Light" documents the oft-unseen moments of snails in beautiful detail.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Even as the world falls around the black-metal band's shifting song, there's nuance at play.
Friday, August 02, 2013
The track barrels out of a reverb tunnel like a Birthday Party song on a psychotropic bender.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Punks seem to get all the skateboarding videos. Why shouldn't a metallic and cavernous noise band?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The nomadic sludge-metal duo has been destroying ears and rattling bodies for 20 years. Somehow, the towers of amp stacks have gotten even bigger and louder along the way. Watch Jucifer level the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., with a morphing medley that includes tracks from its new, Stalingrad-themed album.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
With cues from pop eccentrics like Frank Zappa and Robert Wyatt, Psychic Temple II crosses genres, continuously seeks new worlds and is often unnerving in its shambling beauty. Sufjan Stevens, Cynic's Paul Masvidal and many more contribute.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sadie Dupuis writes lyrics that should be scrawled on notebooks and bathroom walls by every disaffected high-school kid, right before the inevitable trip to the counselor's office. Her solo-moniker-turned-band is like a gummy double-helix, twisting sweet-and-sour words around contorted, '90s-inspired indie-rock.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Goth kids like to dance, too. With "The Warden," the surreal singer-songwriter brings her foggy, mysterious sound into the club.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
True Widow's stoner-rock and shoegaze mix trudges with back-breaking heft. Turn it up on a good pair of speakers or headphones, and "Four Teeth" rattles like a heavier bummer jam from Neil Young's Zuma, complete with one-string guitar solos.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Two Inch Astronaut explodes with a twisted riff and a nasty bass line out of The Dismemberment Plan or Frodus. Reckless and irresponsibly catchy, this is nerd music for who those who plug in.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Kwaidan's "The Sound of This Bell" drifts around your brain like a mist of evaporated blood.
Friday, May 31, 2013
The trio has always had grand ambition, dissolving and rebuilding the darker sounds of ambient, noise and metal. Locrian could easily score a Werner Herzog film with this rhythmic, proggy new track.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Autopsy still plays nasty death metal, but "Arch Cadaver" is also a bit of a rock 'n' roll party. Sandwiched between a minute of deranged doom and a left-right-channel guitar-solo face-off, there's a whiskey-swigging, Motorhead-pounding rhythm that boogies at an insane pace.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
As Thundercat, Stephen Bruner digs into astral soul music that's often both funky and heartbreaking. Co-produced and co-written by Flying Lotus and Mono/Poly, Apocalypse was written after the death of keyboardist Austin Peralta. It can be bittersweet, as if it's an attempt to smile and dance the pain away.