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Plugging Into the Third Mind

The Third Mind closes with a tribute to Roky Erickson and the 13th Story Elevators' dark classic "Reverberation". This cover feels like the most straightforward track on the album, coming across like a particularly sprightly (and Edgy) U2 tune with a dash of hair metal thrown in the mix. On paper that might sound horrific but scraping away a bit of the original's psychedelia reveals "Reverberation" to be a terrific rock tune, and there's nothing wrong with that. That's the cool thing about The...
Tags: Music, Rock, Music Review, Yep Roc Records, Alternative Rock, Roky Erickson, Dave Alvin, Psychedelic Rock, Folk Rock, Experimental rock, The third mind




Wire's 'Mind Hive' Shows the Post-Punk Band at Their Inimitable Best

Wire are, in some ways, a good measure of post-punk. In the early 2000s the wave of indie bands supposedly inhabiting the "genre" (Bloc Party, Interpol, etc.) seemed to have settled on indie rock but with production and signifiers of post-punk, whether appropriating the scratchy transistor amp sound of bands like Gang of Four or merely imitating bands like Joy Division. But post-punk is not a guitar pedal you can buy, but rather an attitude that takes punk's defiant "no" and uses it as a jumpi...
Tags: Music, Review, Rock, Music Review, Wire, Alternative Rock, Post-punk, Experimental rock, Art punk, Pink flag, Post Punk Band, Bloc Party Interpol




Marco Benevento Strikes Sonic Gold in San Francisco

It feels like going through a cosmic wormhole to a groovy land of enchantment that blends a retro foundation with a futuristic funk, a realm in which Benevento has long been a tone science master. Rykman has been a revelation all night, and after seeing her star turn on lead vocals, it's not hard to imagine the bassist leading her own band on tour in the not too distant future. The retro-future funk vibe soon continues with a crowd-pleasing cover of INXS's "One of My Kind", with Benevento sing...
Tags: Music, Review, San Francisco, Rock, Jazz, Santa Cruz, Marin County, INXS, Mattson, Benevento, Marco Benevento, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental rock, Event review, Rykman






Infinite Color & Sound Are Free Spirits in New York

Mike McCready and Kate Neckel 's collaborative project Infinite Color & Sound (IC&S) has been around for about a year. Since then, the Pearl Jam guitarist and the visual artist have evolved and expanded the project as they become more comfortable beyond their typical spheres (guitars and brushes, respectively). When they came through New York City for one performance on Thursday, 19 September at the dark, often clubby, PublicArts space, IC&S infused the city's energy into their sonic form...
Tags: Music, New York, Review, New York City, Experimental, Velvet Underground, Galleries, Polaroid, Pearl Jam, Joseph Arthur, Arthur, Femme Fatale, McCready, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Ric Ocasek




Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Bright Horses

Truly stirring, the piano-led “Bright Horses” from Ghosteen by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is mystical, yet universal. The poetic lyrics (poignant and centered on a “horses of love” metaphor) shift from sorrow to hope, and the result is powerful. “And we’re all so sick and tired of seeing things as they are / And horses are just horses and their manes aren’t full …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Nick Cave, Listenup, New Music, Art Rock, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Experimental rock












The Messthetics Impress with Their Free-flowing Improvisation and Endless Experimentation

Drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally are undeniably one of the most impressive rhythm sections in the rock world. Their work with Fugazi was nothing short of seminal, and created a template that many bands in the punk and hardcore scenes would follow. The two found a kindred spirit in experimental guitarist Anthony Pirog, and so this power trio became the Messthetics. In early 2018, the band released its debut, self-titled record, showcasing an excellent work of experimental, jazz-inf...
Tags: Music, UK, Review, Rock, Manchester, Newcastle, Fugazi, Miles Davis, Ama, Mason, Canty, Tyne, Lally, Hardcore, Anthony Pirog, Sonny Sharrock


Xiu Xiu Produce Another Work of Chaotic Essence in 'Girl With a Basket of Fruit'

Xiu Xiu, the extraordinary experimental band led by singer/songwriter Jamie Stewart, has been throughout its existence a truly innovative act. Undergoing multiple transformations and never standing still Xiu Xiu has explored the edges of abstract pop, expanding these with noise elements and an alternative rock form. This adventurous spirit has led them to some strange combinations of styles, ranging from cheesy power pop notions all the way to repetitive electronic components. All these attr...
Tags: Music, Review, Experimental, Music Review, Stewart, Indie Rock, Polyvinyl Records, Xiu Xiu, Jamie Stewart, Art Rock, Experimental rock, Mary Turner Mary Turner, Amargi


Tangents Trace a Shifting Landscape with "Lake George" (premiere)

None New Bodies, the second album from the Sydney-based experimental five-piece Tangents, was named one of our 70 Best Albums last year. Tangents now have a video for its opening track, "Lake George", and it is an appropriately stunning accompaniment. The video was made by Hospital Hill and the band's own Ollie Bown, with visual effects done by the Mod studio. Located between Sydney and the capital city of Canberra, Lake George has a reputation as a place of mystery. The water level of the lake...
Tags: Music, Experimental, Sydney, Ken Burns, Canberra, Premiere, Electronic, Lake George, Post-rock, Experimental rock, Tangents, Hospital Hill, Ollie Bown, Canberra Lake George, Shoeb Ahmad, Peter Hollo


Deerhunter Ask 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?'

None The title of Deerhunter's eighth album could be a kind of metaphysical question, but the record has an up-close material tone crackling with friction. Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? wrestles with escapist and confrontational impulses, and continues the band's exploration of shifting sonic identity.Ten years ago, Deerhunter frontman and songwriter Bradford Cox was in the midst of what has so far proven to be his most prolific period. In 2008 alone, Cox put out Let the Blind Lead...
Tags: Music, Texas, Jimmy Fallon, Review, Music Review, Marfa, Deerhunter, Bowie, Cox, Allen, Indie Rock, Bradford Cox, Jo Cox, Tim Presley, Art Rock, 4AD Records


Two Hour Rush Inside Thom Yorke's Glitchy Kaleidoscope

None Okay, Thom Yorke's solo show wasn't entirely solo. Nigel Godrich handled some of the additional musical production while Tarik Barri stood opposite managing the striking projections. But Yorke handled all the dancing and the guitar, keyboards, and vocal duties. The Radiohead frontman's music was the draw for the evening, and Yorke quickly sold out two shows at King's Theatre in Brooklyn (just a few months after Radiohead played several sold-out shows at the much larger Madison Square Gar...
Tags: Music, Review, Rock, Radiohead, Brooklyn, Thom Yorke, King, Alternative Rock, Madison Square Garden, Luca Guadagnino, Nigel Godrich, Godrich, Yorke, Tarik Barri, Experimental rock, Event review


Half Japanese Asks "Why Not?" on New Album

Half Japanese songs are usually about girls or monsters. It's funny because it's true. Furthermore, Jad Fair, the main songwriter for the group, is some kind of special. If you're looking for an easy descriptor, you could use 'twee' or 'ramshackle' or both. He's simple in a comforting way, like a blanket on a cold evening, like giving your little nephew a noogie. On Half Japanese's new album, Why Not? , there are still songs about girls and monsters, but it's all framed by the ...
Tags: Music, Jad Fair, Indie Rock, Better Days, Punk Rock, Lo-fi, Half Japanese, Experimental rock, Art punk


The Dear Hunter: All Is As All Should Be EP

The Dear Hunter is undoubtedly one of the best—and consequently, most egregiously underappreciated—bands of the last decade or so. Aside from 2013's Migrant LP, every one of their major releases featured an ambitious hook; for example, 2011's The Color Spectrum presented nine EPs (consisting of four songs each) that individually represented a different sonic tone (in order: Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, and White), whereas the five...
Tags: Music, Indie Rock, Casey Crescenzo, Progressive Rock, Experimental rock, The Dear Hunter, Black Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet, Crescenzo, Motown Beatles Beach Boys, Dear Hunter


The World of Captain Beefheart: An Interview with Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx

From the opening bars of "Suction Prints", we knew we had entered The World of Captain Beefheart and that was exactly where we wanted to be. There it was, that unmistakable fast 'n bulbous sound, the sudden shifts of meter and tempo, the slithery and stinging slide guitar in tandem with propulsive bass, the polyrhythmic drumming giving the music a swing unlike any other rock band. It's a late September night in Manhattan, and downtown venue Joe's Pub is pr...
Tags: Music, New York, Interview, Boston, US, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Holland, Philadelphia, West Coast, Rolling Stone, Smith, Patti Labelle, Keith Richards, Joan, Lucas