Lars Gotrich

Lars Gotrich appears in the following:

Viking's Choice: Superheaven, 'Gushin' Blood'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The camera slowly pulls back from a laundromat washing machine with suds surging red, as the downbeat cuts to a big, bloody knife and splattered bathroom wall. It's an intense yet carefully crafted opening to violence implied and violence dreamed. We never see the act, but in the video for ...


First Listen: Circuit Des Yeux, 'In Plain Speech'

Sunday, May 10, 2015

If we're always listening, we're always changing. Last year was a time of transformation for Circuit des Yeux's Haley Fohr, as she toured to support the self-released Overdue. After a solo set at the Hopscotch Music Festival in September left her questioning both the crowd's intentions and her own, ...


Bandit, 'The Drive Home'

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Bring a nice camera if you're going to Iceland. That's the setting of the gorgeously shot video for "The Drive Home," the opening track to Bandit's debut album, Of Life.

The video shimmers quietly on dark highways amid endless skies and a trumpet's countermelody. But just as you start ...


Viking's Choice: Ancient Ocean, 'Beargrass Creek'

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

When you're underwater, blurred images and sounds have a way of coming into their own focus. It's disconcerting at first: The current moves in an unknown rhythm, and then it becomes your center. That's where J.R. Bohannon's music undulates gracefully as Ancient Ocean. From his first offering on vinyl, Blood ...


Viking's Choice: Weedeater, 'Bully'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Guys, the sticky is not the only thing on Weedeater's mind. Truth is, these Southern sludge rabble-rousers have been through some hard times — health scares, a lost member — but that doesn't shake up their fifth album, Goliathan. At 1:47, "Bully" isn't technically Weedeater's shortest song (if you count ...


Viking's Choice: KEN mode, 'These Tight Jeans'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KEN mode has always been a noise-rock band that could hang with the metal crowd. The Winnipeg trio often bolsters its heavy, angular riffs with burly bass lines and muscular drumming, and knows when to bring the grind. But with its sixth album, Success, KEN mode scales back its ...


Sheer Mag, 'Fan The Flames'

Monday, April 20, 2015

After last year's killer "What You Want" — one of NPR Music's favorite songs of 2014 — Sheer Mag returns with another four-song EP. Its lead-off track, "Fan The Flames," answers the question, "What if we gave this Thin Lizzy riff a disco beat?" Now, we're ...


Viking's Choice: Pygmy Lush, 'On A Plain (Nirvana Cover)'

Friday, April 17, 2015

It took seven years for Robotic Empire to finish its tribute to Nirvana's In Utero, featuring covers by Thursday, Jay Reatard, Ceremony and Thou. With a lineup like that, it's no wonder the vinyl sold out quickly on Record Store Day. So with that momentum, the ...


Viking's Choice: Radioactivity, 'Silent'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

After two decades in punk rock, Jeff Burke still writes songs with the ecstatic energy of a kid picking up a guitar for the first time. Among the Denton, Texas, guitarist and singer's several bands, the most beloved is the currently dormant The Marked Men, which is why the similar ...


Viking's Choice: Circuit Des Yeux, 'Fantasize The Scene'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In the movie Under The Skin, Scarlett Johansson's alien character lures men to their fate in a pure-black space. These scenes are striking in their stark beauty, with all parties accepting their compulsion into the unknown as bodies step downward into a fathomless black ooze. In Circuit des Yeux's ...


Viking's Choice: Tau Cross, 'Fire In The Sky'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When Amebix returned after two decades with 2011's Sonic Mass, it was an adventurous take on the crust-punk legacy the English band had left behind. Unfortunately, it was the only album to come out of the reunion, but that lush, brooding, melodic sound continues and evolves with Tau Cross, bassist/vocalist ...


Beach Slang: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, April 10, 2015

James Snyder writes songs as if he were in the room next door — hushed and vulnerable in his own space, but aware and perhaps even thrilled that someone might be listening. With Beach Slang, these uplifting confessionals become euphoric punk anthems about squeezing every second out of life. ...


Viking's Choice: Red Death, 'Strategic Mass Delirium'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

D.C. hardcore is ridiculous right now. Coke Bust, Pure Disgust, Protester, Collusion, Public Suicide, Misled Youth, Give — these are just a few of the bands ruling the basements of the city, ...


Viking's Choice: Luxury, 'You Must Change Your Life'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Baby-faced and rail-thin, Lee Bozeman didn't look like the kind of guy who would ram a microphone stand into the floor. But in the '90s, when Luxury got to "Flaming Youth Flames On" in its set list, the guitar came off and the sweetly gut-punching crooner flailed his ...


Viking's Choice: Pinkwash, 'Cancer Money'

Friday, April 03, 2015

When you play punk rock with someone for 10 years, communication goes beyond words: The heart speaks through fingers and screams. Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine have a long history together in the D.C. punk bands Mass Movement Of The Moth and their own duo, Ingrid, but with ...


Viking's Choice: Sharpless, 'Franz Kafka (Home Movies Cover)'

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Real talk: Scäb's "Franz Kafka" is the greatest cartoon rock opera ever. Originally featured on the Home Movies episode "Director's Cut" in 2001, the ridiculous three-minute, four-movement song about The Metamorphosis is equal parts "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Tommy, and warns, "Be careful if you get him ...


First Listen: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Writing a breakup album is one thing. Blood On The Tracks, 808s And Heartbreak, Domestica, Vulnicura — these records capture a heartbreaking perspective with power and clarity, but they each come from a singular voice. The breakup albums written in collaboration with a former ...


For Mick Jenkins, Water Is A Way Of Life

Thursday, March 26, 2015

At SXSW, when a good portion of the crowd is likely drinking cheap beer, it's important to stay healthy — especially in the heat. That's why Chicago hip-hop artist Mick Jenkins wants you to stay hydrated. No, really. Water is not only his ritual; it's his life. ...


Watch 5 Late-Night Lullabies From SXSW

Monday, March 23, 2015

You're never too old to be sung to sleep. After a long, busy day, a quiet voice can put a weary body to rest. So in the late hours of the SXSW Music Festival, our team in Austin, Texas, asked a handful of musicians we love — Laura ...


SXSW 2015 In 10 GIFs

Monday, March 23, 2015

While you catch up on our favorite discoveries from the SXSW Music Festival, watch late-night lullabies and sets from our showcase, you might want to keep another tab open. Run them jewels fast with El-P and Killer Mike, do the ...